The new Delage D12 hypercar | Source: Topgear

The Hybrid French Hypercar Shooting For Record-Breaking Status

Ambitions are high for the new 1,100 hp hybrid hypercar, the Delage D12.

The new creation has two lofty goals – to become the ‘fastest road-legal car to ever lap the Nürburgring’ and get as close “to the sensation of driving a Formula One car” as possible.

From storied French automaker Delage Automobile, the company is known for its V12-powered hand-built race machines of the early 1900’s many of which claimed world speed records and Grand Prix titles.

The iconic brand has now been revived by CEO Laurent Tapie and is releasing the modern D12 hypercar with goals to recapture records.

Tapie plans to build around 30 D12s commencing this year with prices starting at around A$3.2 million.

Power will come from a 7.6-litre V12 engine that will push out 990 hp at 8,200 rpm and in the range-topping GT version will be supported by an electric motor that will reach 1,100bhp.

There’ll also be a D12 ‘Club’ iteration that will use a smaller 20 hp electric motor for an output of 1,010 hp but with an approximately 90kg weight reduction, is looking to be lighter and quicker around a track.

In both cars, the motor is paired with an eight-speed automated manual transmission.

Delage claims the GT model can do 0-100km/h in just 2.6 seconds launching to a top speed of over 360km/h. The less-powerful D12 Club model is said to have the same top speed but its 0-100km/h sprint time climbs to 2.9 seconds.

Source: Topgear

The hypercar appears to be in good hands with a development team that has 16 “FIA World Champion titles” between them and 1997 F1 World champion Jacques Villeneuve as a test driver.

It’s no surprise then the Delage D12 features Formula One inspired aerodynamics, driving dynamics and handling, including F1-style pushrod suspension, unique chassis development and mainly carbon-fibre construction.

The design exudes futuristic elements with a jet fighter cockpit featuring a centre-mounted driver seat in tandem with the passenger seat and a Tesla-Esque steering yoke.

The driver gets three digital screens across the small dashboard displaying the vital information, the instrument cluster, and the infotainment setup with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Source: Topgear

First unveiled in 2020, the D12 was shrouded in scepticism but a working prototype is now finished and prepared to embark on a tour of the United States later this year.

Tapie also mentions the hypercar has its sights set on breaking the Nürburgring speed record. It’s aiming to become the fastest production car around the famed German racetrack zipping around faster than the current record holder, the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Manthey-Racing. 

Following its release, the first D12 of 30 will go to auction, after which clients can expect deliveries starting in 2023.

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