The Delage D12 is a new hybrid supercar that aims to make the dream of driving a Formula 1 car on the street come true; no, you don’t need a super license to drive it.
The Delage brand may not ring a bell, and with good reason; it’s one of many French brands born in the early 20th century, and as such, it specialized in two things: luxury cars, and racing cars.
Inspired by the success that another classic French brand, Bugatti, has had by focusing on sports supercars, ‘Les Amis de Delage‘ (‘The Friends of Delage’) announced last year that they owned the brand, and that they intended to revive it as Delage Automobiles.
Delage D12, new hybrid supercar
When you have Bugatti as a reference for what you want to do, you have only one path: create a car so absurd and incredible that it seems like a lie, and that’s what the D12 looks like, the first model of the new era of Delage.
The inspiration is obvious, and its creators don’t hide it, calling it a ‘Formula 1 for the road’; therefore, it’s a single-seater designed specifically for speed and nothing else. You won’t find fancy materials or nonsense to entertain you here, but you will find plenty of carbon fibre, a cabin that will surround you and a crash-tested monocoque identical to the one used in Formula 1.
Let’s be honest, you’ll probably need it. The D12 uses a full hybrid system, which in the GT version reaches 1,230 horsepower (although that means increasing the weight by about 240 kilograms); all thanks to the combination of a 330 horsepower electric motor with a self-made V12 that reaches 900 horsepower and promises to sound great. If you want something more ‘quiet’, you can opt for the Club version, which will only use the V12 and a mild-hybrid system for functions such as starting.
Developed by an F1 champion
But of course, what really catches the eye of the Delage D12 is its appearance, with a front monocoque that protects the driver, surrounded by spoilers and wheel arches to prevent the wheels from affecting the airflow; furthermore, for this car to be legal it needs lights and indicators, which have been installed in the portions of the bodywork that connect these parts.
Otherwise, it looks like a really small car and should therefore respond well to the steering wheel; you’ll probably need Fernando Alonso’s neck to withstand the lateral G-forces. Jaques Villeneuve, 1997 World Champion, is the test driver and the one in charge of configuring the car for the customers.
The reason, says the head of Delage to Paris Match, is that his favorite car is the Ferrari F430 Scuderia, in whose development Michael Schumacher worked; therefore, it is only logical to use one of the few drivers who could beat him, Jaques Villeneuve.
Driving the Delage D12 must be quite an experience. That is, if you are one of the 30 lucky ones who will be able to buy this car, of course; with a price still to be determined, the Delage D12 will be the first car of the brand in 69 years when it is launched in 2022.