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The Nissan DeltaWing showed impressive pace in qualifying for the 80h edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France tonight however its assault on the timesheet was unfortunately "extinguished" early. Driver Michael Krumm was confident of getting lap times down to under the 3:30 but the car's on-board fire extinguisher went off after striking a kerb at Tertre Rouge - simultaneously shutting down the car's electrical system.
The Nissan DeltaWing is competing in this year's race after being invited to fill the "Garage 56" spot reserved for entries showcasing new technology previously unseen at Le Mans. The car features half the weight, half the horsepower, half the aerodyanic drag and half the fuel and tire consumption of a typical Le Mans prototype.
The car is powered by a 300 horsepower, 1.6 liter Nissan DIG-T engine - the front tyres are only four inches wide.