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No DeltaWing flight for Franchitti this time

"I had a couple of issues at the start of my time in the car, but my last two stints were really strong and felt great," said Krumm. "It is a sad way to finish the race because the car was really running strong."

The designer of the Nissan DeltaWing, Ben Bowlby, was looking more on the bright side of the day's work.

"First of all, the concept is proven," he said. "We showed an extraordinary and unbelievable concept on the track at Le Mans and the ACO provided us with a perfect setting to showcase the car's capabilities. Hats off to them for inviting us.

"In the future lets hope we can bring it back as a race car, and not just an experimental vehicle," he continued. "We'd love to see a future for cars of this type which are all about high efficiency, low drag, low drag and low consumption."

He added: "It has been a very emotional year and a very emotional end to the race."

But for Marino Franchitti, not even getting to turn a single lap in the DeltaWing during the Le Mans 24 Hours was a deep disappointment - albeit one that left him hungry for more opportunities to work with and to race the 'Batmobile'.

"I'm now looking to future," he confirmed. "I hope there is one because there is so much potential in this car and so much love for it that it would be a shame if this was the end of the story."




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