Delage D12 or the most powerful French hybrid hypercar

Delage D12 or the most powerful French hybrid hypercar

August 24, 2020 0 By autotimesnews

French brand Delage has unveiled the D12 hypercar with an electrified V12 powertrain. In total, 30 copies of the Delage D12 will be built, which, according to company representatives, will receive a lot of cool features.

Seventy years has passed since Delage produced its last car. Well, nearly 70 to be exact, since the French brand stopped making cars in 1953. It should be noted that earlier, this brand was a trendsetter in the era of classic cars of the 30s of the last century – Delage produced luxury sports cars.

Now, after such a long absence from the automotive scene, the French automaker is returning with the extravagant Delage D12 hybrid hypercar.

Under the hood of the novelty is a 7.6-liter naturally aspirated V12. The internal combustion engine is paired with an electric motor. Combined, the standard D12 GT’s hybrid system delivers 1,115 horsepower to the wheels via an eight-speed single-clutch transmission. In this version, the machine weighs 1,400 kg. There is also a lighter version of the hypercar with a less powerful electric motor – 1,024 hp. This Delage D12 weighs 1,310 kg.

According to a press release issued by Delage, the D12 uses a special suspension that is similar to that used on Formula 1 cars. Former 1997 F1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve also assisted in chassis design as a test driver, working with the automaker’s engineering team.

Another unique feature of the D12 is the seats. The driver is located in the center and the passenger is in the back – like on a fighter plane. The D12 is capable of accelerating from 0 to 100 km / h in just 2.5 seconds. With this in his arsenal, Delage is confident the D12 will be able to set a lap record for the Nürburgring racetrack.

Only 30 copies of the Delage D12 will be produced, each of which will cost about 2 million euros.