Here’s hoping that your weekend goes as well as this race marshal’s day went at the FIA World Endurance Championship’s event in Japan, complete with funky music as your soundtrack. When in doubt, dance it out, friends.
You, there. Stats and numbers guy. Dude who’s just spent the last hour arguing on a forum why your road GT-R should curb-stomp an Evo based on specs alone. Road & Track published a list of all the Nissan LMP1’s specifications, magazine-style, like it was a normal street car. Go forth, and troll harder, with a…
The rain at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps only got worse at the World Endurance Championship’s 6 Hours of Spa weekend. In the heavy rain of Free Practice 1, the #1 Toyota of Kazuki Nakajima rear-ended the #8 Audi of Oliver Jarvis near Les Combes corner, fracturing one of Nakajima’s vertebrae.
Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps is wet and cold this weekend, but that’s not stopping the World Endurance Championship from racing. Here’s one of Patrick Dempsey’s laps in the Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR, complete with cars kicking up blindingly huge crazy rooster tails of spray.
Formula One may have been a bit of a snoozefest today, but the real action was at Silverstone Circuit where Audi took home a season-opening win after a dramatic fight with Porsche.
RWS Motorsport is out at Silverstone Circuit this weekend for the European Le Mans Series and World Endurance Championship and came back from yesterday with a huge gallery of awesome photos. Behold: the great variety of cars that go endurance racing.
Don't expect to see scantily clad women standing next to the cars at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. According to Reuters, the FIA World Endurance Championship is dropping pretty ladies for pretty ladies' sake from the grid. It's about time.
Good news for endurance fans: we can finally watch the entire WEC season this year on television in the good ol' U-S-of-A and Canada. Not only will we get our usual 24 Hours of Le Mans coverage, but Fox Sports inked a deal to show the whole season. That's multiple hours of motorsport deliciousness at a time.
Shut. The. Front. Door. Shut down the Internet. Drop everything. And look at this. Porsche just showed off its trio of Le Mans-bound 919 LMP1 race cars, and they finally painted one in the right color. This car is pretty much guaranteed to win. Place all bets on #17. (Oh, and they’ve got black and white cars, too.)
When we last heard an update on the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo, the car was going to sit out the first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship for further development work. One thing to fix was a front roll hoop that didn't pass the FIA's crash tests. Per Darren Cox in the Q&A today, that item just passed.
Audi will be switching from the two-megajoule to the four-megajoule sub-class this year within the LMP1 class in the World Endurance Championship. What does that mean? This year's R18 e-tron quattro Le Mans prototype racer gets more hybrid power, delivering more of electric boost for longer periods of time.
Audi continues to test its LMP1-class R18 e-tron quattro at Sebring, where the surface is just old and bumpy enough to be a good, proper shakedown—and we do mean shake. Watch as the R18 skips along the surface, rattling the driver inside.
Nissan and Audi both used Sebring to test this week, as the bumpy, older surface of the track makes for a good representation of what to expect at Le Mans. Unfortunately, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO was sent packing before the end of their test due to a broken carbon fiber piece on the car.
Nissan's done a pretty good job thus far of keeping things about their Le Mans prototype that they don't want to be public just yet (like its driver lineup) out of the public eye. Sportscar365 just dropped an interesting rumor of who one of the remaining two drivers might be: ex-Sauber Formula One pilot Adrian Sutil.
We can't stop staring at this car. You can't stop staring at this car. Here's some shots Tavarish took of it from the Chicago Auto Show. Nissan may have just brought a show-car version of its GT-R LM NISMO LMP1-class Le Mans prototype race car, but there's still plenty of details to drool over.
Most of the World Endurance Championship rules that govern crazy Le Mans prototypes like Toyota's and Nissan's remain unchanged from 2014, yet a regulations clarification is the biggest news of the offseason. It appears as though someone (perhaps last year's winners) had body parts that flattened down at speed.
We knew something like this would eventually happen due to Circuit of the Americas' close proximity to East Austin. The eastern half of the town is home to craft cocktails, old-timey facial hair, artisanal toilet paper, and the like. Hipsters. One such fellow apparently infiltrated Nissan's preseason LMP1 testing.