This year marks the 90th anniversary of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The name of one team is writ large across the recent history of the classic endurance contest: Audi, who won the race 11 times in the last 13 years. And as always there are several ex-F1 drivers to look out for in the huge field. In few thought Toyota could break the Audi hegemony on their return to endurance racing. Expectations are inevitably higher in their second year of competition. Audi swept the titles in the reborn World Endurance Championship last year. They also claimed an almost routine 11th Le Mans triumph which for the second year in a row came courtesy of Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer. But as the season drew to a close there were signs Toyota were ready to take the fight to their rivals.
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Craig Lowndes’ dream of competing in the Le Mans 24 Hours appears set to come true next year, provided that V8 Supercars avoids a date clash with the 8Star entry leads a host of GT cars down the front straight at Le Mans, Try our daily email, The best way to get your news first, fast and free!
Indeed, the highs were high and the lows were very, very low. We would like to remember the Le Mans 24 Hours as a fine race, one where a great champion won once more, where home favourites finally achieved their promise in class and the drama in the GTE class was enthralling and unforgettable. Suffice to say that everyone here will remember him for a wonderful attacking driving style, a never-say-never attitude and superb racecraft. But there are positives to take out of this race — Tom Kristensen won his ninth Le Mans 24 Hours, the race was not the Audi romp that some had predicted and, if we count Matt Griffin which we certainly do, if only by association , then there was British interest on every single podium.
It was a dramatic week, with a few pretty sizeable incidents before the race even started, and inclement weather that did its best to disrupt every track session. From the start of running, one thing was clear — Toyota were off the pace.
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The trick: the base of both cars is completely identical, which is why the additional logistical effort could be reduced for Audi Sport and Audi Sport Team Joest. However, under the guidance of Head of Technology Dr. The result is a largely new LMP1 prototype — including a modified carbon-fiber monocoque, which continues to excel through its one piece construction. The same applies to the monocoque just as it does for the engine, gearbox and other components.
In addition, the fuel cell volume was reduced from 65 to 60 liters and even 58 liters for a diesel hybrid. There is a genuine innovation in the area of the transmission: a new carbon-fiber composite gearbox housing was developed for the R18 — a premiere in endurance racing.
Le Mans, 17 June – Aston Martin Racing prepares for its most Hour of Le Mans as it takes five Vantage GTEs – the team’s largest entry to date – to of Le Mans takes more than speed,” comments Aston Martin Racing.
It was called a hot lap, and rightly so. The degree-plus temperatures and humidity, the heat emanating from the engine, and my own nervous energy combined to make it a very hot lap, indeed. As we careened around the track, I could think of virtually nothing beyond the hairpin curves of the road in front of us and the conviction that Capello did not want to die any more than I did.
My thoughts naturally turned morbid because, if I err on the side of speed, we were doing about miles per hour. Tell me again how I got here? The short story is that I was a guest of Tudor, the Swiss watch brand reintroduced to the U. A sister company to Rolex, Tudor has earned some fantastic buzz for its stylish vintage- and military-inspired timepieces, not only because they boast a top-notch build with an association like Rolex, that goes without saying but also for their phenomenal price positioning.
American Le Mans releases 2013 schedule
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The British automaker honours its past Le Mans-winning drivers with a suite of To celebrate the famed “Bentley Boys” and Le Mans victories that date to , the in V8 and W12 trim, and Continental GT Speed in coupe form only. the second quarter of , with Mulsanne Le Mans Edition models.
That was in fairness to our existing track partners, who have been such strong supporters of both series. We are very proud of this group of 12 facilities which have been selected for the inaugural season. In addition, preseason test sessions have been set for Nov. Session schedules will be announced in the near future. Overall, a dream schedule, indeed.
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Bentley’s Le Mans buffet
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Bentley is celebrating its six victories at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race over the years by unveiling a special Le Mans Edition. In fact, there are six Continental GT models, each inspired by the driver that lead the cars to the victory. Each version will be limited to only 48 units. This version is painted in Moonbeam paint, while the interior gets a two-tone Linen and Beluga with contrasting stitching.
The second version was inspired by the Dudley Benjafield – the driver who lead the team to victory in This version is coated in Verdant paint, while the interior gets a two-tone combination of Linen and Cumbrian Green with contrast stitching. Next there is a version inspired by Woolf Barnato – the driver who obtain victories in , and This version combines a Granite exterior paint with Hotspur interior and Beluga stitching. The fourth version was inspired by Tim Birkin and comes painted in Glacier White combined with a Beluga interior trim.
The fifth version was inspired by Glen Kidston – who claimed first place at Le Mans in This model features a Beluga color on both exterior and the interior. Each car will also get a unique Le Mans Edition numbered badge, Le Mans Edition clock face, embroidered Le Mans badge to each headrest, tread plates with the limited edition name and unique Le Mans Edition wheels.
Under the hood, these models retain the stock 6. This output sprints the Continental GT to 60 mph in 4 seconds and to a top speed of mph.
2013 American Le Mans Series
Tags: le-mans, Racing. The event is set to live long in the memories of racing fans as Aston Martin celebrates its centenary and the hour event marks its 90th anniversary. Furthermore, at the official Le Mans test day 9 June it topped the timesheets with the 97 Pro car and the 96 Am car both showing class-leading pace. We are very well prepared, thanks to our hard-working team, and we are incredibly focused but we know that there is fierce competition in both GTE classes. Alongside the prestigious endurance race, Aston Martin will continue its centenary celebrations with a host of activities on and off the track.
However, our centenary year is rather special and if we were to win on this occasion it would be the perfect way to cap a year of celebrations.
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Porsche is fielding its most innovative prototypes at the 24 hours of Le Mans. These six world-class drivers have between them a total of 37 appearances at Le Mans. Despite being a record holder at Le Mans with 16 overall victories, this year the sports car manufacturer has no experience to benefit from. For the first year of the LMP1 project the target is to get one of the fast Porsche Hybrids to the finish line at the marathon.
Whatever the results, we have successfully completed a lot of stages to get here. Above all, we have established a strong, innovative engineering team in the Porsche Development Centre in Weissach. The new know-how generated in-house by the great efforts of all those involved is something that no one can take away from Porsche.