You could spend the weekend of June 18th mowing your lawn, lazily watching the Golf Channel on the couch, or avoiding talking to your spouse. Or you could come to New York and party with us for 24 hours straight during the greatest race in the entire world—the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Four four four four four: I’m starting to get the idea that Ford likes the number four. Four-d is taking four cars to Le Mans, and as such, has added four drivers to their already insane lineup: IndyCar’s Scott Dixon and Sébastien Bourdais, 2014 Le Mans winner Harry Tincknell, and Mustang racer Billy Johnson.
[Here is a herd of some of Porsche’s 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning cars. Excuse me, I’m going to need a moment to catch my breath after all of this drooling. Photo credit: Porsche]
[The later Peugeot 905s were faster, but the early ones remain the prettiest of Peugeot’s 1990s Le Mans prototypes. Photo Credit: Getty Images]
The prototypes that raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s were so fast that they still regularly post top times at current Le Mans races. These cars run vintage races regularly, and they’re pretty spectacular.
“I feel really abused by this,” Don Panoz said about the lawsuit against former partner Nissan over the DeltaWing, a race car that surprised the racing community with its unique design and has since become embroiled in a messy public and courtroom fight over that design that’s been more dramatic than the racing.
[How the cost and development of GT1 racing at Le Mans escalated out of control is one of racing’s great failures. But what a failure it was. Photo credit: Getty Images, McLaren F1 GTRin ‘97 pictured]
Today marked the sad, sad death of the bold and wonderful front-engine Nissan LMP1 program, with many heaping on to call the whole thing a massive failure. But I love the Nissan LMP1 project, and I want to show there has been much worse.
If you’ve been disappointed with the blurpy blorp of the BMW M3’s turbocharged straight six, cheer up by listening to the glorious howl of this Aston Martin race car engine.
[Modern prototype race cars are tiny. Photo Credit: Audi]
[While these are the two most common flags you see at a 24 Hours of LeMons race — debris and slow traffic — this marshal is actually celebrating the end of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The class-winning Corvette C7.R was neither leaky nor slow. Photo credit: Ker Robertson/Getty Images]
Ford showed off its brand spanking new GT race car to professional hoons Ken Block and Vaughan Gittin Jr. at SEMA. What do a rally driver and a drifter think of the car Ford wants to take to Le Mans? Erm, for one, there’s no handbrake. (And where’s the V8?)
The Triple Crown of Motorsport consists of the three most prestigious races in the world: the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix, the Indianapolis 500 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Juan Pablo Montoya won Monaco in 2003 and the Indianapolis 500 twice, but still needs Le Mans. Looks like Porsche may step in and help with that.
Was the 2016 Formula One calendar specifically set up to spite the World Endurance Championship, or do the different FIA championships totally neglect to talk to each other? Either way, it’ll be hard to see many F1 crossover drives next year in WEC, as six of its nine races conflict with F1 dates. Ugh. Why?
For two winners of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, this was one of the most uneventful races they’ve ever driven—and for that, they’re grateful. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a top-level Le Mans prototype or a road-car-based Corvette: the key to winning is to do everything as flawlessly as possible.
There’s nothing like being there in person and watching history go down in front of your eyes.