Posted Oct 19th 2012 9:00AM
After first watching the scary crash of the Nissan DeltaWing at Road Atlanta yesterday, we were worried that the one-off racecar wouldn't be ready for Petit Le Mans on Saturday. We needn't have worried, though, as the car has been quickly repaired by the Highcroft Racing Team in plenty of time. In fact, the car will be running in the night practice session later today and in the practice and qualifying sessions tomorrow.
The quick turnaround is due to the fact that the crash didn't cause as much damage to the car as initially thought. Ben Bowlby, the car's designer, tells us that while the accident looked severe it didn't compromise the integrity of the chassis.
"There was skin damage to an enormous number of parts – both sides of the nose, the side pods, the tail, one mirror – were all damaged, but the chassis wasn't other than a few scratches," he tells us.
The suspension system and engine have also been swapped out so as to have a fresh start before the race. In all the repairs took right around 24 hours.
You can see our photos of the fully repaired Nissan DeltaWing in the gallery above, and check back this weekend for more coverage of the car and Petit Le Mans.