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DeltaWing crashes in Road Atlanta testing

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...
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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Motoyama/Krumm/Franchitti - DeltaWing Nissan [Pic credit: Highcroft Racing]
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Motoyama/Krumm/Franchitti - DeltaWing Nissan [Pic credit: Highcroft Racing]

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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.

Apexjunkie

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?



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