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The Delage D12 Looks Like a Hallucination From Mushroom Mountain

French automaker Delage returns nearly seven decades after shuttering its doors. The company’s latest machine bears the name D12, and it’s a far different animal from the first single-cylinder runabouts the company originally built and sold in the first decade of the 20th century (or the Grand Prix racers with advanced—and tiny—V-12 engines that came later).

Like the since disbanded hip-hop group of the same name, the D12 belts out a distinct sound from its pipes. Except instead of vocal cords, the Delage’s song comes courtesy of a mid-mounted 7.6-liter V-12 engine that pumps out 990 horsepower at a screaming 8,200 rpm. Accompanying the D12’s dirty dozen cylinders is a 110-hp electric motor on the road-oriented GT. Opt for the almost 200-pound lighter, track-focused D12 Club and Delage fits the car with a less weighty, and less powerful, 20-hp motor.

Delage is mum on battery pack specifics, but given the D12 offers an electric-only City driving mode, the company likely fits the D12 GT with a large enough pack to afford a few miles of emissions-free driving. Switch to the D12’s Road or Track modes and the low-slung hypercar goes the hybrid route and relies on both power sources for motivation (with maximum power achieved in Track). D12 drivers can also create their own drive mode by way of the My Mix option, which offers 432 possible configuration settings, according to Delage. For the full story, check out this article from Motor Trend.

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