ALMS » DeltaWing in Petit Le Mans test crash

The Nissan DeltaWing's assault on the 15th annual Petit Le Mans event suffered a set-back in testing on Wednesday when Gunnar Jeannette was struck by a GTC Porsche and forced into a violent roll...

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October 18, 2012 3:28 PM

It's like a kayak! Goes on it's top then rights itself! But this crash is almost the same as when it was hit in Le Mans. Is it such an odd shape that other drivers can't see it on the passenger (right) side?

DS308 - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 4:12 AM

Two things, a) I don't think a conventional car with a wider front track would have tipped in that way and b) the drivers head bouncing off the tarmac means that the angles on the rollover protection seem to be of. Wouldn't get me in one of those things after seeing that!

Just Observing - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 5:07 AM

Multiple points -
1) Jeannette has reported several times that his head NEVER hit the ground despite what the camera angle implies.
2) I've watched MANY touring car races and have seen many near flips when cars have locked wheels. Given the speed and angle of impact(speeds have been estimated at around 100mph for the Porsche and 130mph for the DW), the place on the track where the cars go lite over the hump, and that in it's current mandated configuration which is almost open wheeled at the rear, its impossible to say that no other car would've flipped. To imply otherwise is just another bout of DW knocking.
3) TO say the GT driver did nothing wrong is just BS. The opinion on many other sites is either he made a late decision to enter pit lane or spun the tyres on the outside rumble strip which caused him to pitch sideways - also this was PRACTICE not a race!

sodesu - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 11:54 AM

I think the shape of the car may have contributed in a way though. The GT driver could look to his right, see the nose of the car in his peripheral vision and place his car according to that visual impression, not thinking about the fact that the rear is much wider. Spatial awareness becomes something natural to these drivers, you don't necessarily look carefully and think before you turn but it gets almost instinctual after many years of racing. This car messes with that a bit and I think that may be part of the cause to why we see these weird accidents where people just drive straight into it. They simply misjudge the space in that split second.

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