[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.
[Modern prototype race cars are tiny. Photo Credit: Audi]
[Nissan ran their R390 GT1 car in all black for testing. Helps you see the flames. Photo Credit: Nissan]
Do you want to be hungry? Watch this cheating, winning Toyota TS040 Le Mans prototype cook a prettier breakfast than whatever you have in your house.
We’ve seen the 2015 Audi R18 before, but this is the first time we’re seeing it in its Le Mans configuration.... at 200+.
Toyotas are plain and conservative cars, unexciting more than anything else. Here's one taking a corner in excess of 195 miles an hour. Wait, what?
The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car is front-wheel drive. Except when it is sending power to the rear wheels in an utterly incomprehensible setup that may or may not resemble a Unimog.
I'm not sure how this is even possible.
Modern top-level prototype racecars have notoriously bad, gunslit visibility. The Nissan LMP1 GT-R LM adds a level of complexity with flames. Flames to the face.
There was a time when supercars raced at Le Mans, when the fastest road cars in the world competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Here's the story of how the Porsche 911 GT1 killed the series and homologation specials it spawned.
[Much as I adore the current LMP2 darling, the Ligier JS P2, my heart will always be with the Porsche RS Spyder. Here it is stripped of bodywork. Photo: Porsche]
Wait, why is a 700 horsepower, 241 mph prototype so... easy?
The Jaguar XJR-9, complete with its 750 horsepower stock block V12, carbon chassis, and five-speed manual transmission, was one of the greatest cars in sports car racing history. Here's a walk around the car, aided by a man who drove one.