The crazy Delage D12 is now even crazier thanks to an open-top roof

Is this the closest thing to an F1 car for the road?

by | Published on 21st Sep 2022

Small French manufacturer Delage has revealed what is possibly the craziest roofless car in the world with the latest version of its D12 hypercar.

First revealed back in 2020, the D12 is billed as a Formula 1 car for the road.

While the original features a jet fighter-style canopy over its tiny cockpit, these new versions come even closer to the original concept.

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The version you see here is the Speedster, which ditches the canopy in favor of a simple glass windscreen.

However, the cockpit is totally open over and around the driver and passenger, who sit in a 1+1 configuration.

But the Speedster isn’t the only new roof option for the D12 – Delage is also offering an ‘F1’ roof configuration.

There are no pics of it yet, but reportedly it features a tiny wind deflector and a ‘halo’ crash structure over the cabin like an actual F1 car.

For either of the new roof options, it costs an extra $190,000 over the D12’s base price.

However, with the roof options being interchangeable, the company will sell you both for just $260,000.


That’s a hefty sum, but then the D12 already starts at around $2.3 million.

But with that price tag comes rarity, as just 30 units will be made.

Delage D12 specifications

Two powertrain options are offered for the D12, both of which feature a hybrid system.

At the heart of both there’s an incredible 7.6-liter naturally aspirated V12 which itself makes 976hp at a screaming 8200rpm.

The D12 GT makes a 1114hp thanks to its more powerful hybrid unit, but weighs more at 1400kg (3086lbs).

Meanwhile, the D12 Club uses a smaller hybrid system to save weight.

It makes a lesser 996hp, but weighs only 1310kg (2888lbs).

It’s also worth noting that inside, the D12 really does feel like the nearest thing to an F1 car.

It doesn’t have a typical steering wheel, but two small grips that you turn with instead.

There are also screens and control panels all around the driver, and a mass of buttons flanking the ‘steering wheel’.



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A car zealot from a young age, Patrick has put his childhood spent obsessing over motoring magazines and TV shows to good use over the past six years as a journalist. Fuelled by premium octane coffee, he’s contributed to Finder, DriveTribe, WhichCar, Vehicle History and Drive Section.

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