Le Mans Race Car Ran Over Its Own Front End In Bizarre Failure

Screencap via FIA WEC
Screencap via FIA WEC

The LMP2-class No. 44 Manor Oreca 05 had perhaps the strangest retirement of them all at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans: it ran over its own nose after a bodywork failure at the Porsche Curves.

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Sadly, the team had to retire after this unusual failure. Driver Matthew Rao was fine, however, he certainly became a passenger in his own car after the front end gave way. This is Manor’s first attempt at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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The Manor team was handed a drive-thru penalty for abuse of track limits right after this incident, which they can’t and won’t serve at this point.

Moderator, OppositeLock. Former Staff Writer, Jalopnik. 1984 "Porschelump" 944 race car, 1971 Volkswagen 411 race car, 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer GTS.

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The front end fell off.