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The French Delage D12 hypercar is finally rolling

The French Delage D12 hypercar is finally rolling
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Almost two years after the model was announced, the Delage D12 is currently being tested on the circuit for its development. This hybrid hypercar should allow the French brand to resuscitate.

In August 2020, the French manufacturer Delage, once prestigious but disappeared in 1953, resurrected under the leadership of entrepreneur Laurent Tapie with a hypercar called D12, thus in line with the D6 and D8 and highlighting the presence of a hybrid V12 under its hood. Despite the pandemic and the many obstacles that projects of this type still face, the development of Delage and the D12 is still on track. A prototype has just entered its second month of testing on the Nevers Magny-Cours circuit, with the help of Exagon Engineering.

An elite team to design the D12

As a reminder, Delage wants to make the D12 a real road F1. It is a tandem two-seater coupe whose cabin opens by articulating a canopy from the front, like some fighter planes. The custom-designed mid-rear 7.6L V12 develops 990 hp, to which an electric motor adds 110 hp in the GT version or 20 hp in the Club version. The latter weighs 1,300 kg dry and the manufacturer aims to break the road car record on the Nürburgring with it. Among its designers are Benoît Bagur, successful technical director in this function at Seat in the WTCC, but also Mauro Bianchi, inventor of the contractive suspension used in F1 which is found in the D12. The development driver is none other than Jacques Villeneuve, 1997 F1 world champion among others. According to Laurent Tapie, entrusting this position to a racing driver rather than an engineer makes the car more “alive”. The businessman cites the example of the Ferrari F430 Scuderia developed by Michael Schumacher in an interview with Maxim. A driver himself, Tapie says he had the idea of ​​designing an F1 road car after having had the opportunity to test a single-seater in the premier discipline in 1996. “Nothing I’ve driven since, including recent 700- or 800-hp supercars, offers sensations approaching“, he explains.

A 100% French hypercar?

The D12 should only be produced in 30 copies, in the south of France. The first will be auctioned, the others will be offered at a unit price of 2 million euros excluding taxes. And some have already been reserved, thanks to a few presentations to potential customers in recent months. Distribution agreements have just been signed in the United States. Delage plans to deliver the first cars in the fourth quarter of 2023. It is also next year that the firm will try to break the Nürburgring record. Relying on an advantageous weight/power ratio compared to the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Type 991 (with optional Manthey pack) which has owned it since June 2021, Laurent Tapie advances: “We will beat it by several seconds, not just one or two” . The entrepreneur seems to be particularly keen to put France back in the forefront of high-end automotive as during the golden age of Delage, which Bugatti can only claim under the joint control of Porsche (Germany) and Rimac (Croatia) today. Of which act.

Published on 05/09/2022 Updated 05/09/2022 Max.K



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