Hunched over a low-resolution printout of the Nissan DeltaWing Le Mans racer we’ve just printed off the internet, a man carefully decides which bit of Batman’s old boat he’ll use to replicate its side pods. “I’m pi**ing in the wind a bit here”, he says, drawing a cautious line on the pixelated image. “I’ve got fibreglass moulds from all sorts - an eco house, two Mazda MX-5s… But the Batboat bit’s going to work best for the pods.”
Said man is called Andy Saunders, and he categorically isn’t pi**ing in the wind. He is one of the UK’s finest car customisers, and he’s in the throes of trying to help us build a replica of the groundbreaking Le Mans racer, the Nissan DeltaWing.
Why? Because as you’ll have read over the last weeks and months, we’re massive fans. As well as potentially changing racing cars forever, the experimental jet-shaped racer is also utterly, deeply mental. Which is a Good Thing. So good in fact, that for some weeks now we’ve been pondering a plan with Nissan, which is only now coming to fruition.
We thought we’d join forces and pay homage to what could be a game-changing car by building our own road-going version. Then we’re going to try and bring it along with us to the car parks as part of covering this year’s race for TopGear.com and TG magazine. Just for fun, you understand - this isn’t going to be hitting Mulsanne at any point, nor appear on TV.