“Nissan DeltaWing completes first race with a solid finish”
So what makes this car remarkable enough that I felt compelled to spend five paragraphs recounting its harrowing tale? Essentially, because it is nothing like the conventional cars that run these types of races. It looks more like the Batmobile than a traditional IndyCar. It weighs half as much as most IndyCars and produces only half the aerodynamic drag. This means it can use a much smaller engine than the competition and therefore, produce much greater fuel efficiency.
In fact, the DeltaWing uses a 1.6L four-cylinder engine with direct petrol injection and a turbocharger. It produces a minuscule (at least in terms of IndyCars) 300 hp, which is about half of what most other cars push. It is a true testament to sound design that the car is able to do so well, even when it’s lacking so much in terms of power.
Buckminster Fuller would be proud of Nissan’s team of engineers “doing more with less”.