Nissan to race DeltaWing at Le Mans

Nissan is to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours race with their custom made DeltaWing, which features a four-cylinder 1.6-litre engine and is half the weight of a conventional racing car.

Although designers do not intent to classify the car for the event, Nissan hope to show the potential of new technology and research, which may be included in their mainstream ranges.

A main feature of the car is the direct petrol injection engine with turbocharger, dubbed DIG-T (Direct Injection Gasoline - Turbocharged) which combined with the aerodynamic design, should aid the car's top speed.

The engine will give out 300hp and is expected to achieve lap times of between LMP1 and LMP2 machines at the race held on June 16 and 17.

Andy Palmer, executive vice president at Nissan, said: "This announcement gives Nissan the opportunity to become part of a ground-breaking motorsport project and one which could shape the future of the sport."

Copyright Press Association 2012