The upcoming race debut of the Nissan powered DeltaWing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans completes a remarkable year of hard work and dedication by the team at DeltaWing Racing Cars. But according to Managing Partner, Don Panoz, the assault on this year?s famous French enduro is not the finish line for 12 months of remarkable effort by the manufacturer and its partners including Nissan and Michelin, but the start of a unique future for the car?s design. As founder of the American Le Mans Series, Panoz is looking to introduce the car into ALMS ranks in 2013 - providing American fans with the chance to see the unique concept that features half the weight, half the horsepower and half the aerodynamic drag of a typical LMP car. The Nissan powered DeltaWing will complete its first laps at Le Mans at the ACO?s annual test day on Sunday, June 3. The Project 56 consortium which created the project brings together Panoz; concept originator, Ben Bowlby; concept patron Chip Ganassi; Dan Gurney?s All American Racers who constructed the prototype and Duncan Dayton?s Highcroft Racing as the race entrant.
Q: How much are you looking forward to the car?s debut in France? A:"The amount of effort that has gone into preparing the car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been truly remarkable and a real credit to everyone involved. The level of interest in the DeltaWing has been quite amazing and I am sure the car is going to attract a lot of attention in France. "We are under no illusions about running at the front of the field nor actually making it to the finish. Getting to the end would be truly remarkable, but our goal will be to showcase what could be done. We will be there to showcase the possibilities for the future. "Having a partner like Nissan has been fantastic and they are equally as excited about the next month. This project had a lot of doubters but people like Nissan and Michelin shared our vision for the future and they are all sharing in the exposure benefits which highlight everyone involved as companies who are prepared to question the status quo and look to the future." Q: What is the future of the car for after the 24 Hours of Le Mans? A: "We are currently in discussions with our partners regarding that but the