June 12, 2012
Rendezvous with DeltaWing
June 12 – Sepang, Malaysia – Driver Michael Krumm spoke with the Global Media Center in Malaysia ahead of traveling to Le Mans 24 Hours and a turn at the wheel of the Nissan DeltaWing.
Q1: You recently tested the DeltaWing car in France. How do you feel about the DeltaWing car ahead of Le Mans 24?
It was my first time to hit the Le Mans circuit, of course, because it’s a public road, in the test last week. I was really excited. It’s not often that before I drive in a test, which is not qualifying, but yet I was so nervous. I was really excited and nervous before I went out, because we didn’t know what was going to happen, or how is the car going to react when we hit over 300 kph.
So I went out and the car felt really, really stable, and it felt so nice to drive it. It was absolutely fantastic. I was worried about the corners, the high-speed sections, and how is the car going to handle that? It was fantastic, the downforce worked, even though we had no wing attached, and it was really great fun to drive the car there.
And, we had no trouble. The whole day of testing. Motoyama could qualify, and to qualify we had to do 10 laps. That all worked really, really well , and now we are working on improving the performance a bit more, which I know is welcome, so I’m looking forward to it.
Q2: DeltaWing is one of the directions for motorsports in terms of sustainability. What do you expect in the future of this car?
One of the major breakthroughs we’ve been trying to reach here with the Nissan DeltaWing is to be using not much fuel. Basically, we have a fuel tank that holds only 40 liters of fuel.
So we’re trying to attain the lap numbers that the top cars are doing – 12 laps, hopefully, 13 laps. At the same time, trying to go as fast as the LMP2 cars and that is one of the major challenges. To do that, it means that we want to use less resources – so using less fuel, less tire wear and everything is lighter weight. Everything is lightly built in order to achieve that goal.
The way of thinking is completely different. We have no wings attached to achieve that, because only if you have no wings and you go in a straight line you use less fuel. Also, we have a small Nissan engine in there – 1.8-L – and if we still can achieve our targets, that’s a big step into the future.
Using less resources and being able to do the same job done now with lots of resources – that’s one of the technology breakthroughs we’re trying to achieve for the future in racing, because the economic situation, the situation for our planet, is not very good, so we’re trying to use less and less resources.