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Trevor Collett | May, 29 2014 | 1 Comment

DeltaWing has unveiled a rendered road-going version of its race car, as the company looks to use the unique shape to build a road car.

Nissan and DeltaWing teamed up in 2012 to enter the racing version in the Le Mans 24-Hour, with power coming from Nissan’s 1.6 litre turbocharged engine.

While an engine supplier is still being sought for a future road-going version, fans of the DeltaWing’s futuristic styling may soon be able to purchase one for their everyday commute; in the US at least.

DeltaWing is heralding its new creation as a way forward for passenger cars, saying the road version can carry up to four passengers while achieving as low as 3.36 l/100km.

The US carmaker says its design as a street car is 35 percent lighter, requires 35 percent less power and uses 35 percent less fuel than a more ‘mainstream’ passenger car.

While the Le Mans racer produced around 220kW, the road version would only need a four-cylinder petrol engine or similar (hybrid, diesel and electric power is also being considered) producing between 63 and 82kW to hit 100km/h from rest in about six seconds, with a top speed of around 208km/h.

DeltaWing says its big selling point to interested engine-suppliers will be the 2025 Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) figure in the US, which demands an average of 4.3 l/100km.

No word yet on what a road-going DeltaWing might cost, but the company is clear in its intentions to team-up with an established carmaker, rather than building the project alone.

MORE: Nissan news, Le Mans news

 
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