[Modern prototype race cars are tiny. Photo Credit: Audi]
If you want a good, meaty technical analysis of a Le Mans prototype, look no further than Mulsanne’s Corner. Audi just unveiled their latest R18, so it’s about time Mulsanne’s Corner mastermind Michael Fuller got his hands on the photos for a full run-down of the new changes.
Making your Le Mans prototype look like a speedboat shooting up a wake of tire smoke is probably going to leave a flat spot. Fortunately, that’s just what Porsche’s Romain Dumas was coming in for: tires and a driver change.
The 6 Hours of Shanghai provided an exciting challenge for the Porsche World Endurance Championship team, with the Porsche and Audi cars bunched together up front until conditions started to dry, and the Porsche 919s just ran away with it. Another 1-2 finish for Porsche sealed the championship for them.
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.
If you missed the very start of the 6 Hours of Fuji, you didn’t miss much. It was so wet that they left the cars to circulate behind the safety car for about forty minutes. If you missed any part afterwards, you’re missing pure, unadulterated wet weather insanity. Marvel, for example, at this graceful twin pirouette.
Tonight, thanks to the Bathurst 1000, the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Fuji and shortly afterwards, the Formula One Russian Grand Prix, you can watch racing all night long. What’s it like to run in the fastest car from qualifying at Fuji, you ask? Ride along with the #17 Porsche 919 and find out.
What is is like to drive for one of the most dominant teams in sportscar racing? Here’s your chance to find out. We have Porsche World Endurance Championship driver Neel Jani here for the next thirty minutes or so to answer any questions you have about anything — from ChampCar to the Porsche 919.
Anthony Davidson has accomplished more than most racing drivers can ever hope to do. He’s been in Formula One. He’s been to Le Mans. He currently races with the Toyota Gazoo Racing team and commentating on Formula One for Sky Sports. We’ve got him here for the next thirty minutes to answer your questions. Go!
Congratulations, number 17, you finally got your win at today’s 6 Hours of Nürburgring. Porsche’s number 18 LMP1 car had a technical oops earlier in the race, ceding the lead to the number 17 car. Number 17 then put a lap on its sister car, sealing the deal.
The number 18 Porsche received a bizarre sounding penalty earlier on in the 6 Hours of Nürburgring, and psssh yeah, I’m writing it up because this title is GOLD! Anyway, they received a sixty second stop and go for “breach of limitation of gasoline instantaneous flow.” What does it mean?
When I spoke with a Toyota representative earlier this week, he said that most of the World Endurance Championship team’s efforts are going into their 2016 car. The 2015 is off-pace, but 2016 holds some promise. Motorsport.com just revealed part of what’s going into that 2016 car: BOOOOOOOST!
Nissan’s weird, wonderful and long-nosed LMP1-class Le Mans prototype still just isn’t there on pace, so the team is opting to hold off on racing until they’re happy with it. That means focusing on testing and skipping the World Endurance Championship races in the meantime.
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.
Rumors of the Nissan LMP1 program’s possible demise may have been a tad overblown. Not only was the GT-R LM Nismo out running laps at Circuit of the Americas, but they were testing out some interesting aerodynamic upgrades and meaty brake cooling ducts. Here’s a gallery for your up-close viewing pleasure, plus what…