Editor's note: An incorrect photo of the Panoz DeltaWing was published in an earlier version of this story.
Racing mogul Don Panoz, who sued Nissan Motor Corp. last year alleging that the company copied the unusual shape of his DeltaWing race car, is stepping up his campaign with a series of print advertisements aimed at Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn.
One of the ads, which appeared on June 13 in the Nashville Tennessean and on June 23 in Automotive News, is an open letter to Ghosn requesting that he meet with Panoz about the design of Nissan’s ZEOD RC race car, which started this month at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“We certainly don’t believe that you intended for your company to go as far as using the design ideas of others without proper compensation or recognition,” the ad says. “Yet, that is exactly what has happened.”
A spokesman for Panoz’s company, DeltaWing Technologies Inc. of suburban Atlanta, said Panoz has tried mediation outside of the Georgia court where he filed his lawsuit, but Nissan “dismissed the offer and other attempts to find a solution haven’t netted satisfactory results.”