Autosports Pioneering and Innovation Award Goes To The Nissan Deltawing
The Nissan Deltawing has won, Autosports Pioneering and Innovation Award.
Nissan a company known for its innovation that excites, has grabbed headlines and turned heads with the Deltawing. The momentum has gathered throughout the season and this has provided fans with fun and excitement. It has also caught the eye of many non-motorsport fans who are just intrigued by the car’s unique design.
The award was presented to the Deltawings Designer Ben Bowlby by its first driver Marino Franchitti in a star-studded evening which was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London’s Park Lane.
The Nissan Deltawing is defiantly a unique car, it features the performance of a contemporary Le Mans sportscar but only consumes half the fuel and tyres, it also only uses half their power and aerodynamic drag and weight.
Bowlby commented “While the car wasn’t eligible to collect any trophies in its two races so far, it is very rewarding that the industry and the media recognise the significance of the project. I can honestly say I’ve never done anything so cool in my life. The Nissan DeltaWing is all about efficiency and we hope this car can play a part in shaping the future of the sport”.
Bowlby went on to say “There are many people who have played key roles in the development of the car but I have to say a big thanks to Don Panoz’s Garage 56 consortium with DeltaWing Racing Cars, and of course the ACO. Nissan and Michelins’ contributions were imperative. It took a huge leap of faith from them to really make this car possible. Both signed on at a time when we had plenty of doubters saying the car wouldn’t go around corners”.
“No matter whether you are a hard core motorsports fan, or somebody who doesn’t follow the sport at all – one look at the car and you can tell that it is totally different from anything seen before. It really is a credit to everyone involved in the project. It has generated great interest amongst our readers and we look forward to seeing the car compete again in the future”.
The Deltawing has already won EVO magazines Innovation Award and it was also voted Automobile magazines Racing Car of the Year. It was also given the Popular Science Best of What’s New Award.
Its designer Ben Bowlby has also received the Simms Medal from the Royal Automobile Club and the Dino Toso Award for the world’s top racing aerodynamicist, awarded by Race Tech magazine.