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? »
All three LMP1-H class teams in the World Endurance Championship can lay claim to the Nürburgring as their home race, yet it’s Porsche who’ll be starting on pole.
“That’s really the team that got me into sportscar racing,” I said at dinner, pointing at Allan McNish’s table behind me with my fork. Then, of course, I realize that holy crap, I’m pointing at the Audi LMP1 team with a chunk of dead cow, and that’s exactly how surreal and amazing a trip to the Nürburgring really is.
Today’s wallpaper comes courtesy of our very own Stef Schrader, who probably took this photo herself but there’s a 10% chance it was actually Puff: »
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… »
Nissan put together a string of time lapses from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans with scenes from everywhere: inside the pits, along the track and even in the car. The result was an absolutely beautiful piece of film that shows exactly why the endurance classic is regarded as one of the best races in the world.
After the 24 Hours of Le Mans, I missed my flight and ended up stuck in Paris for an extra day. Since I was in Paris, I decided to at least venture into the city for dinner. Lo and behold, the Toyota storefront on the Avenue des Champs-Élyseés was considerably more interesting than the ones here in America.
Nissan has made it clear that their trio of GT-R LM Nismo cars is very much still a work in progress, however, there’s a penalty if that progress doesn’t fall within 110% of the fastest car’s qualifying time. All three Nissan LMP1s were too slow in qualifying, therefore, they start from the back of the Prototype grid. »
Almost 8.5 miles of circuit. Purpose-built racing prototypes, some of which annihilated the record lap time for qualifying. Fans everywhere: camping, gawking, eating, drinking. Noise. Rain. Dark. Doesn’t matter. The race goes on, and there’s nothing that can truly prepare you for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. »
Since Formula One has become a bit stale and stifled by regulations, the World Endurance Championship has emerged as a much more interesting “anything goes” sort of racing series. This leads to bonkers entries like the front-wheel drive Nissan GT-R LM Nismo prototype. But if Corvette Racing ran an LMP1 prototype, what… »