Delage D12 Revives French Marque With Electrified V12 Powertrain

Seventy years – that’s the time Delage made his last vehicle. Well, almost 70 years, to be exact, because the French brand ceased manufacturing cars in 1953. By comparison, that’s as long as Captain America froze in hibernation. In fact, this brand is colloquially rare, except that I know it once ruled the classic car era in the 1930s as a renowned luxury and sports car maker.

But just like Steve Rogers, Delage came out of hibernation with a niche hypercar under the leadership of Laurent Tapie, the president of Delage Automobiles. His first offer? The D12 hybrid hypercar.

Top view of Delage D12
Delage D12 Close Up Badge

As mentioned, the Delage D12 is a hypercar, powered primarily by a naturally aspirated 7.6-liter V12 engine. The internal combustion grinder receives the help of an electric motor. Combined, the total system power of the standard D12 GT is 1,115 horsepower (831 kilowatts), sent to the wheels via an eight-speed single-clutch gearbox. This version weighs 3,086 pounds (1,400 kilograms). There is also a lighter version with a smaller electric motor, tipping the scale to 2,888 lbs (1,310 kg) and producing 1,024 hp (831 kW).

According to the release, the D12 uses a Formula 1-inspired pushrod suspension. Jacques Villeneuve, former 1997 F1 world champion, also contributed to the development of the chassis as a test driver, working with a team of racing engineers.

Another unique feature of the D12 is its seating. The driver is positioned in the center, while the passenger sits behind him – like on a fighter plane.

Beyond that quirk, the D12 is said to have the ability to accelerate from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour (0 to 62 miles per hour) in just 2.5 seconds. With that in his arsenal, Delage is confident the D12 can set a Nürburgring lap record – something that has yet to be seen.

If you want one, only 30 copies of the Delage D12 will be made, each carrying an exorbitant price tag of around 2 million euros (or roughly $ 2.4 million).

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