Nissan just can't seem to catch a break with its DeltaWing racecar. While in practice for the Petit LeMans race this weekend, the car was, once again, taken out of order by a fellow racer.
This time around, the narrow-bodied racecar was involved in a more violent crash, rolling in the process rather than simply getting bumped off the track like at its 24 Hours of Le Mans 2012 race debut.
At the wheel was Gunnar Jeannette, whose head came really close to the pavement, as seen from the onboard video, embedded below, after he was struck in the rear left wheel by a GTC-class Porsche 911. It appeared as if the Porsche was oversteering slightly as the DeltaWing came around it, leading to the collision.
The crash put another damper on the DeltaWing prototype's racing efforts, which were doing fairly well up until this point. The car was 4/10ths of a second slower than the leading P2 class car, good for sixth place during the afternoon session. Its fastest time was 1 minute, 13.686 seconds on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta track.
The peak impact measured in at 7Gs, according to the team's telemetry. Fortunately, Jeannette didn't suffer any major injuries as a result of the crash.
"He cut over to take the apex and made heavy contact with the left-rear of our car that sent me for a bit of a ride," Jeannette said. "Luckily, the guys built a very strong car."
The car is being repaired, with a target of putting it back onto the grid for the next practice session.
"The car certainly did its job in protecting the driver - hopefully that's the last time we need to worry about testing that aspect of the car," added Don Panoz, the managing partner of DeltaWing Racing Cars.