Fernando Alonso’s quest to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport (Monaco, Indy and Le Mans) continues, and we couldn’t love it more. Alonso confirmed to the World Endurance Championship today that he was going to test out the Toyota Ts050 LMP1 tomorrow, like he might be gunning for a Le Mans seat or something.
Two-time Formula One world champ and one-time (and hopefully more-times) Indianapolis 500 participant Fernando Alonso really wants to keep going with his quest to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport. One report suggests that he may try his hand at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Toyota’s LMP1 team.
Oh, so now the powers-that-be are open to letting the top spec in American sports car racing run at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, according to Sportscar365. It only took the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class imploding down to one manufacturer who may not even stay after all, but we’ll take what we can get.
Now that Porsche plans to leave the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class at the end of this year, the future of the WEC is in question. Now the WEC is making drastic changes in hopes of staying relevant, including flipping the schedule to end with Le Mans, returning to Sebring, and reworking LMP1 early.
Once up on a time, Carroll Shelby wanted to kick ass in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To do it right, he decided to lengthen a Daytona to fit a big block inspired by NASCAR, but the car never made to the race. Now Shelby American is bringing it back for a limited run of heritage cars.
For the past few years, racing fans who tuned in to the FIA World Endurance Championship could watch Porsche, Audi and Toyota duke it out in the series’ top LMP1 class—a class that featured the most advanced race cars in the world going at it in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and some of the best tracks on Earth.
The official paid live stream of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans was unusually bad, blacking out for chunks during the race. Fans unhappy with the stream’s quality were advised to request refunds, but many were initially denied. Thankfully, it sounds like they’re finally making good on users’ refunds now that the dust…
Toyota’s Le Mans prototype team, who previously called hybrid technology “the main reason for Toyota to participate” in the World Endurance Championship, is having to eat those words a bit. Even they told Motorsport.com that hybrid tech in the top LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn’t quite ready to race…
This was supposed to be Toyota’s year at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a great start to the season and a record-setting pole run for the race. But fate wouldn’t have that, and a bizarre, poorly placed thumbs-up said to be for encouragement eventually led the dominant car to have race-ending mechanical problems.
The No. 13 Vaillante Rebellion LMP2 team, which finished third overall at this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, fixed their car’s starter problems by hitting it with a hammer. Today, the team was disqualified after they were caught red-handed trying to cover up the hole they’d made to hit that starter faster during pit…
This is the Green4U Panoz Racing GT-EV, an all-electric race car that wants to go longer than any EV has dared to run before thanks to one key trick: swappable battery packs. It’s racing legend and American Le Mans Series founder Don Panoz’s dream project, and one that he’s put aside everything else to achieve.
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans wasn’t just incredible for being unusually carnage-heavy on its flagship prototype class. The LM GTE Pro class full of production-based race cars was anybody’s game until the very end, with the most insane final laps I’ve seen all year.
One class at Le Mans came down to an absolutely nail-biting finish: LM GTE Pro. No. 63 Corvette Racing driver Jordan Taylor was playing a successful game of keep-away from the No. 97 Aston Martin of Jonathan Adam—only, Taylor threw that lead away when he short-cut a chicane and damaged the Corvette.
At one point in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, the No. 2 Porsche 919 was stuck in the garage for 65 minutes replacing hard-to-reach hybrid components. Every single car in its top LMP1 class either retired or suffered devastating mechanical problems, but of the LMP1 survivors, Porsche’s problems showed up first.
One of the front-running LMP2-class cars—who was briefly in second place overall—found racing’s ultimate catch-22. How do you serve a stop and go penalty when the starter that makes your car go doesn’t work?
With three hours and 47 minutes left in the race, the last of the fastest LMP1 cars that hadn’t retired or had a major mechanical failure has come to a halt on track. The No. 1 Porsche 919 suddenly slowed with no oil pressure with André Lotterer behind the wheel. Lotterer had a 13-lap lead over the entire field at the…
Racing interviews are usually too polite and vague. Not so with No. 62 Scuderia Corsa driver Townsend Bell. Bell told Fox Sports all about his thoughts on the huge LMP2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. Spoiler alert: he’s not fond of how some of them drive.
If you’re going to lose your lead, at least do it in an amusing fashion. Despite the lack of drama left in the 24 Hours of Le Mans’ top LMP1 class, the LM GTE Pro class battle is as hotly contested as ever. No. 95 Aston Martin driver Richie Stanaway lost his lead, but gains my nomination for Almost-Save Of The Year.
Did you get suckered into doing other things during the past 15 hours besides watching the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Are you looking at the timing screen wondering why we’re down to only one working Porsche 911 RSR and one Toyota TS050? We’re here to help. Here’s the rundown of retirements so far.
The official paid live stream for one of the biggest events in motorsport—the 24 Hours of Le Mans—has been uncharacteristically bad this year, affected by occasional outages and periods of poor picture quality. The World Endurance Championship (of which Le Mans is a part) says they’ve been cyberattacked during the…