The official paid live stream of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was unusually bad, blacking out for chunks during the race. Fans unhappy with the stream’s quality were advised to request refunds, but many were initially denied. Thankfully, it sounds like they’re finally making good on users’ refunds now that the dust…
This was supposed to be Toyota’s year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a great start to the season and a record-setting pole run for the race. But fate wouldn’t have that, and a bizarre, poorly placed thumbs-up said to be for encouragement eventually led the dominant car to have race-ending mechanical problems.
This is the Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV, an all-electric race car that wants to go longer than any EV has dared to run before thanks to one key trick: swappable battery packs. It’s racing legend and American Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz’s dream project, and one that he’s put aside everything else to achieve.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn’t just incredible for being unusually carnage-heavy on its flagship prototype class. The LM GTE Pro class full of production-based race cars was anybody’s game until the very end, with the most insane final laps I’ve seen all year.
One class at Le Mans came down to an absolutely nail-biting finish: LM GTE Pro. No. 63 Corvette Racing driver Jordan Taylor was playing a successful game of keep-away from the No. 97 Aston Martin of Jonathan Adam—only, Taylor threw that lead away when he short-cut a chicane and damaged the Corvette.
At one point in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the No. 2 Porsche 919 was stuck in the garage for 65 minutes replacing hard-to-reach hybrid components. Every single car in its top LMP1 class either retired or suffered devastating mechanical problems, but of the LMP1 survivors, Porsche’s problems showed up first.
One of the front-running LMP2-class cars—who was briefly in second place overall—found racing’s ultimate catch-22. How do you serve a stop and go penalty when the starter that makes your car go doesn’t work?
With three hours and 47 minutes left in the race, the last of the fastest LMP1 cars that hadn’t retired or had a major mechanical failure has come to a halt on track. The No. 1 Porsche 919 suddenly slowed with no oil pressure with André Lotterer behind the wheel. Lotterer had a 13-lap lead over the entire field at the…
Racing interviews are usually too polite and vague. Not so with No. 62 Scuderia Corsa driver Townsend Bell. Bell told Fox Sports all about his thoughts on the huge LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. Spoiler alert: he’s not fond of how some of them drive.
Did you get suckered into doing other things during the past 15 hours besides watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Are you looking at the timing screen wondering why we’re down to only one working Porsche 911 RSR and one Toyota TS050? We’re here to help. Here’s the rundown of retirements so far.
The official paid live stream for one of the biggest events in motorsport—the 24 Hours of Le Mans—has been uncharacteristically bad this year, affected by occasional outages and periods of poor picture quality. The World Endurance Championship (of which Le Mans is a part) says they’ve been cyberattacked during the…
Kamui Kobayashi, the driver of the No. 7 Toyota TS050 who obliterated the all-time track record of Le Mans in qualifying, dropped out of the lead after encountering an gear selection issue on track. The No. 7 was eventually switched to electric power only to try and limp home, but ultimately stopped on track.…
Heartbreak strikes again for the Toyota TS050 team at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. No. 8 driver Sébastien Buemi started noticing a sound that kept getting louder throughout the eighth hour of the race. Then the No. 8 burst into flames when he finally brought the car into the pits.
The No. 98 Aston Martin Vantage had been an unstoppable force in the LM GTE Am class, leading much of the race. Unfortunately, its front right tire just plain done blow’d up, taking out the entire front right corner of the car and took it from the class lead straight into the pits.
If you thought you could take a break from the cruel, unfair realities of this world with a nice day of racing, just remember: Everything is terrible, and there is no justice or fairness in this world. Case in point, the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari just got taken out of Le Mans by an absolutely stupid avoidable…
One of Porsche’s flagship top-class LMP1 cars just went into the garage and onto the High Jackstands of Doom after only about three and a half hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Porsche 919—the same one that had a mechanical failure in final qualifying—just lost its front axle drive.
Before the No. 88 Porsche tragically became the first retirement of the race, the No. 9 Toyota gave us this perfect moment of cross-team zen. Driver Nico Lapierre channeled his inner Jari-Matti Latvala to ride over some bumps for an insane pass around the outside to get around a herd of slower GT cars.
The No. 88 Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR just became the first retirement from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Porsche was hit by the No. 26 G-Drive/TDS LMP2—a car that had started the race from pole position for LMP2 and that was already in trouble for making a slightly out-of-bounds entry into pit lane.
While it’s nowhere near as dramatic as the move last year to try to slow down the race-leading Ford GTs and Ferrari 488s, the 24 Hours of Le Mans once again is handing a last-minute tweak to try and figure out how to make a new car competitive. Only this year, the new Porsche 911 RSR was too slow.