The 2012 Le Mans 24 Hour race is now deep into the night and has just past the 12 hour mark. Sadly the morning brings bad news for the Nissan DeltaWing. Driven by Satoshi Motoyama at the time of the incident, he was pushed off track and into the wall by Kazuki Nakajima in the #7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid.
There was heavy traffic when the crash took place, caused by the field being bunched up following a restart from a period under Safety Car conditions.
Perhaps the only positive from the impact is that it gives Nissan some real world feedback on the safety of the lightweight chassis.
After the break we have a couple of videos showing the before and after. Ultimately the little Nissan that could was forced to retire.