After landing a test in a Maserati 250F at the young age of 17, driver Chris Amon went to the highest levels of open-wheel and sports car racing. And together with fellow New Zealander Bruce McLaren, he drove the Ford GT40 to its first 24 Hours of Le Mans win in 1966. He died today at age 73.
This is the first heritage edition of the new new Ford GT, and it pays tribute to the black-over-gold original Ford GT40 that came 1-2-3 in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s a bit of a snub, if you think about it.
A defective connector on the air line between the turbocharger and the intercooler on the No. 5 Toyota TS050 was to blame for one of the most gut-wrenching losses in 24 Hours of Le Mans history, per a team statement. The technical defect caused a loss in turbocharger control.
Just because you schedule a regular-season Formula One race over the end of Le Mans doesn’t mean that F1 drivers aren’t going to ask about the result. Fortunately, Ferrari driver and four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel thought to ask what happened to the Toyota Le Mans team in the middle of F1’s post-race press…
Ferrari spoiled Ford’s ideal 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and Ford tried to get back at them, protesting the rival team in the last hour of the race. Ferrari counter-protested and now both teams have penalties. Nice try, guys.
With 384 laps lodged in the 24 Hours of Le Mans live timing screen just like the winning No. 2 Porsche 919, many were wondering where the No. 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050—the one that led much of the race only to encounter trouble in the final heartbreaking minutes—was on the podium. We can all blame Le Mans’ fittingly…
The Jalopnik bump lives! Recent Q&A feature Jeff Segal’s Scuderia Corsa team cruised to a 24 Hours of Le Mans victory in the LM GTE Am class. Congrats to the No. 62 team for taking their Ferrari 458 Italia to the top of the podium!
Everyone was prepared to welcome Toyota as only the second Japanese manufacturer ever to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the worst possible outcome happened: a mechanical failure forced the No. 5 to stop on its final lap. One team insider believes it may have had a turbo failure, per Daily Sportscar.
Eighteen months ago the automotive world was filled with skepticism over rumors that Ford would resurrect the legendary Ford GT, let alone take it racing. It’s now June 2016 and that car is not only very real, one of them just beat Ferrari to win its class in the the 24 Hours of Le Mans 50 years after the original…
With three minutes and 21 seconds to go, the leading No. 5 Toyota TS050 that was on pace to take the win came to a halt in front of the pits, ceding the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans lead to the No. 2 Porsche 919. It’s an unbelievable end for a car that was so reliable for the other 23 hours and 50 minutes of the race.
It’s morning here at Jalopnik world headquarters. We’ve got coffee. We’ve got pastries. We’ve got a 30-foot screen showing the race. Bring it.
The No. 6 Toyota TS 050 has had some trouble while in third place overall that it had to briefly go into the garage to fix. Mechanics quickly made some repairs to the back of the car and got the TS 050 back out on the track.
The LMP2-class No. 44 Manor Oreca 05 had perhaps the strangest retirement of them all at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: it ran over its own nose after a bodywork failure at the Porsche Curves.
With ten cars retired now out of sixty 24 Hours of Le Mans entrants, it’s time for our yearly reminder that Le Mans is an utterly merciless place on cars and drivers alike. Here’s how Le Mans is sending teams packing early in 2016.
Sadly, it is the No. 64 Corvette’s turn for bad luck this year. The 2015 race-winning team burst open a tire wall at Turn 1 after driver Tommy Milner lost control. Fortunately, Milner is okay, but the car certainly isn’t.
Those of us hoping for one of the privateer LMP1 cars to crash the overall podium party as they did at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps had all of our hopes and dreams crushed overnight at Le Mans. Meanwhile, LM GTE Pro remains a fierce battle between two Ford GTs and a Ferrari 488 GTE.
The No. 1 Porsche 919 that was contending for the lead earlier has now been wheeled into the garage with some kind of electrical issue. The floor is off, and now, it’s all up to the No. 2 919 to battle for the lead.
At least Fox Sports gave us more notice than usual that their schedule of maddening channel changes for the 24 Hours of Le Mans would be changing mid-race yet again, but yes: they’re changing it again. Does no one at Fox know how to plan for things, ever?