[Here is one of the beautiful Aston Martin Racing cars as driven by Darren Turner and Jonny Adam in the World Endurance Championship last year. Let this be a not-so-subtle reminder that Aston Martins make lovely race cars and Doug DeMuro should take his new ride on a race track immediately. Photo credit: Aston Martin…
Anyone wonder what ex-Nissan LMP1 driver Olivier Pla and ex-BMW factory driver Andy Priaulx were up to in 2016? Well, they’re joining ex-Aston Martin ace Stefan Mücke and Guy Who’s Driven Everything Marino Franchitti to pilot Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s new Ford GT in the World Endurance Championship.
[Winter sucks. Why not watch Porsches race through the palms of Bahrain instead? Here’s the No. 91 Porsche Team Manthey and No. 77 Dempsey Proton Racing Porsche 911s at the World Endurance Championship season finale this year. Is the offseason over yet? Photo credit: Porsche]
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.
Audi Sport debuted its redesigned Audi R18 for the 2016 race season on Saturday, and the new car will take over as the manufacturer’s FIA World Endurance Championship entry—but the team will only field two cars total.
Volkswagen CEO Matthias Müller reaffirmed the company’s commitment to its numerous motorsport programs last weekend at the World Endurance Championship season finale, reports Road & Track. Müller says the Volkswagen Group’s racing programs are simply too important to drop.
Only two words can accurately sum up today’s World Endurance Championship season ender: Holy. Crap. If you expected Porsche’s No. 17 car to have an easy drive home into a championship win, surprise! I don’t think anyone could have called the ending of the 6 Hours of Bahrain until the very end.
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.
Ford showed off its brand spanking new GT race car to professional hoons Ken Block and Vaughan Gittin Jr. at SEMA. What do a rally driver and a drifter think of the car Ford wants to take to Le Mans? Erm, for one, there’s no handbrake. (And where’s the V8?)
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.
You’ve done Halloween. You’re home if you have kids, or run out of candy/booze/stuff to break/scary movies/the ability to yell “WOOOOO!”/paintballs/toilet paper/explosives if you did the party thing. Not tired yet? Need to do something with that sugar overload? Tell us: what are you up watching?
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.
Was the 2016 Formula One calendar specifically set up to spite the World Endurance Championship, or do the different FIA championships totally neglect to talk to each other? Either way, it’ll be hard to see many F1 crossover drives next year in WEC, as six of its nine races conflict with F1 dates. Ugh. Why?
Before today’s 6 Hours of Fuji, KCMG sat in the lead of the LMP2 class of the World Endurance Championship, ahead of G-Drive’s number 26 car. KCMG was on target for a podium finish at Fuji, but a punt from G-Drive’s number 28 car prevented KCMG from finishing, giving number 26 the championship lead.
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.
There’s an old saying: “If at first you don’t succeed, quit and give up entirely.” The folks at Nismo do not believe in this philosophy! Despite struggling at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the bonkers front-wheel drive Nissan GT-R LM Nismo will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship next year — but not any sooner.
Driver Jenson Button is expected to announce an end to his sixteen-season career in Formula One sometime before this weekend’s race at Suzuka, reports The Telegraph. Button had been in negotiations with McLaren, but will likely bow out instead of spend another season in the uncompetitive car.
If you didn’t get the chance to head out to Circuit of the Americas this weekend for Lone Star Le Mans, never fear — our man Kurt Bradley was there to catch all of the action for you through his lens.