Deltawing sent flying


Now, crash videos aren't something we'd consider a PH staple. But this one we'll share for the sheer drama and visceral ouch factor of seeing what it's like landing on your head in a fast-moving racing car.

Not any old racing car of course. We're talking the Nissan Deltawing here, which got clouted during testing at Road Atlanta and sent flying into a crash that registered a 7G deceleration according to the onboard telemetry. Puts Dan's little shunt in his Caterham race into perspective and goes to show that even top-level racing drivers get it wrong sometimes, driver Gunnar Jeannette's feelings toward the Porsche driver who hit him made very clear indeed in the footage. Jeannette has been declared fit after the accident and Nissan mechanics are busy rebuilding the car for the Petit Le Mans race it was testing for that takes place this weekend.

Watch the vid here and get ready to wince...

 

 

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  • scubadude 18 Oct 2012

    Awaits barrage of critical trolls trotting out the usual bilge, "It wouldn't have fallen over it it wasn't a tricycle" "Why/Who is it racing" "Whats the point" etc etc :-)

    Glad to hear the driver was ok, looks like he got a bump or two on the head.

  • dirtbiker 18 Oct 2012

    Ouch! Doesn't look like a nice crash - lots of head movement once the car's on the grass!

  • Skater12 18 Oct 2012

    It strikes me that the positioning of the wheels had something to do with how easily flipped the car was.
    The Tripod layout, in the event of a side impact at speed doesn't seem to be as stable as a standard configuration.

  • Skater12 18 Oct 2012

    scubadude said:
    Awaits barrage of critical trolls trotting out the usual bilge, "It wouldn't have fallen over it it wasn't a tricycle" "Why/Who is it racing" "Whats the point" etc etc :-)

    Glad to hear the driver was ok, looks like he got a bump or two on the head.
    I wrote my comment as you wrote yours.
    I'm not saying it shouldn't race, I just think that in this particular instance the physics involved with the configuration of the wheels MIGHT have had something to do with why it went over relatively easily.

  • Salom 18 Oct 2012

    That Porsche driver needs a good kicking!

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