Two years ago, Delage returned to the stage with the introduction of the D12 hybrid supercar. The car concludes its US tour, and the company has announced that it will be available with two additional canopy options – the Speedster and the F1.
Both produce open-top motors, with each option costing €190,000 ($190,000 at today’s exchange rates) on its own. However, customers can save €20,000 by purchasing both for €260,000 ($260,000). The Speedster attaches a smaller windshield to the front of the car, replacing the closed canopy. The F1 conversion adds a small wind deflector. Customers can also request a protective halo and helmet. Two new canopy options give the D12 some versatility.
The car gets its power from a naturally aspirated V12 engine that produces 1,100 horsepower (820 kilowatts) in its GT version, while the Club model produces 1,010 hp (753 kW) and weighs 200 pounds (90 kilograms) lighter. The D12 Club weighs 2,888 pounds (1,310 kilograms) compared to the heavier 3,086-lbs (1,400-kg) GT. The engine is paired with an eight-speed single-clutch gearbox. The car can reach 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in a claimed 2.4 seconds. The company is confident it can set a Nurburgring lap record as well.
Delage took the D12 on a tour around the US. The company plans to produce just 30 examples of the car, with only nine destined for the US under “show or display” regulations. So far, seven of them have reservations. The car kicked off its tour at Monterey Car Week, hitting places like Laguna Seca, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami and New York.
The D12 has a wilder design and a wilder seating layout, putting the driver and passenger together, and giving the supercar a fighter jet-like appearance. The company has tested and developed the D12 at the Magny-Cours Formula 1 track in France with a team of veteran drivers who have 16 FIA world titles between them. Delage hasn’t indicated when the car could go into production or when deliveries could start, but we hope the wait isn’t too long.