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Nissan developing a hybrid race car for Le Mans - report

 Nissan developing a hybrid race car for Le Mans - report
Nissan DeltaWing 13.03.2012

Set to enter competition next year

The Audi R18 e-Tron quattro could be getting a hybrid competitor at next year's 24 Hours of Le Mans as a new report is indicating Nissan is developing a hybrid race car.

Set to be designed by Ben Bowlby, of DeltaWing fame, the car will reportedly be able to run on electricity alone for short periods of time.

When asked about the car, Nissan executive vice president Andy Palmer told Autocar "The final configuration of the drivetrain is still up for discussion, but we have made significant progress." He added that Nissan has "to be in a position to showcase electric technology and we have to have a car that is as visually arresting as the DeltaWing."

Source: Autocar

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Garais877
"walk in the park" :D looks some around here realy have not been following Le Mans at all, just talking boloks... Japanese realy don't have chose left, they have to jump in to Le Mans to proof to world that they cars are good, so fare Toyota has fail to do so... so they have to work as team to ensure that any of Japanese brands can be victorious or at least be on podium, otherwise they will face even harder times and sales will drop even more...
May 11, 2013 11:04 am
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spitfireengineer
woww! This is great news. Looks like Le Mans is getting hot again, after almost a decade watching Audi having a "walk in the park" there, except for the late years with the Peugeot battle. Japanese car makers seem to be very interested. We had Nissan involved in LMP2 and now LMP1, Toyota returning to LMP1, Honda developing engines to LMP1 and Mazda developing a diesel engine for LMP2. And then, there's the cherry on top of the cake: Porsche in LMP1. We're on the way to have great battles, like the one from 99.
May 11, 2013 8:54 am
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Scuderia-Paul
Brilliant! This has been talked about for a while. I love endurance racing so will be delighted to see more manufacturers returning to it. We could be heading back to the good old days when we had lots of them - 2014 will see Toyota, Audi, Porsche and Nissan going head to head! Also, Mazda is working on an LMP2 diesel programme which could be very interesting.
May 10, 2013 6:45 pm
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dtrump
BRAVO!!!! excited about this
May 10, 2013 5:35 pm
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