You know who I don’t want to meet in a fight? A Le Mans prototype driver. Between the 6 Hours of Bahrain’s overall winner Anthony Davidson driving with a broken toe and LMP2 class winner Bruno Senna driving with no power steering for most of the last hour, those guys are all tougher than I will ever be.
Porsche’s attempt to end their Le Mans prototype program with a win like their sister-marque Audi did last year isn’t going so hot. The No. 1 Porsche 919 LMP1 collided with the No. 86 Gulf Racing Porsche 911 in LM GTE Am, taking it out of the overall lead and handing it right away to the No. 8 Toyota right behind it.
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.
The Porsche 919 is going out with a bang in its final race, with the No. 1 Porsche claiming the 20th pole position for the car. The 919's final race ever and the season finale of the World Endurance Championship starts at 8:oo a.m. ET today, ending the WEC as we know it before big changes kick in next year.
The organizers behind LMP1, the top technoclass in prototype racing, have recognized one of its big problems. No, not that it priced itself out of existence. LMP1 racers look generic, and they may start looking more like actual cars.
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.
Toyota, for now, will be the lone manufacturer left in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s top racing class next season. The company said it wants to stay in the class, “only with the goal of winning.” The only thing you can do is win if there is no one else competing, Toyota.
Porsche announced its departure from the top class of the World Endurance Championship back in July, but it is still nailing down the details of what comes next. It’s a massive game of musical chairs with around 300 staff members and six drivers who are sad to see the 919 program end, but very anxious to know what…
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.
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 rumors are true. Porsche, which stormed back to the the FIA World Endurance Championship’s top class in 2014 to earn two constructors’ championships and three victories in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, will exit this storied series to focus on the electric upstart that is Formula E.
Porsche will announce the shutdown of its top-class 919 Hybrid Le Mans Prototype program in the next 24 hours, according to multiple publications and industry sources cited by Sportscar365. This will leave the World Endurance Championship’s top LMP1 class with only one team and an uncertain future. [Update: Porsche…
When the dominant Audi Sport Team Joest Le Mans prototype program closed last year, it left only two teams in the world’s top LMP1 class of endurance prototypes. Now Team Joest is partnering with Mazda in a smaller regional series, which would be a step down if LMP1 was thriving. But LMP1 isn’t, and Team Joest’s move…
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.
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…
The No. 9 Toyota TS050 was the lone Toyota that hadn’t had a lengthy repair still on track as the team’s dominant No. 7 ground to a halt on track. Sadly, a puncture that badly damaged the rear of the No. 9, forcing it to retire less than an hour after the No. 7.
Kamui Kobayashi, the driver of the No. 7 Toyota TS050 who obliterated the all-time track record of Le Mans in qualifying, dropped out of the lead after encountering an gear selection issue on track. The No. 7 was eventually switched to electric power only to try and limp home, but ultimately stopped on track.…
One of Porsche’s flagship top-class LMP1 cars just went into the garage and onto the High Jackstands of Doom after only about three and a half hours of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The No. 2 Porsche 919—the same one that had a mechanical failure in final qualifying—just lost its front axle drive.
Before the No. 88 Porsche tragically became the first retirement of the race, the No. 9 Toyota gave us this perfect moment of cross-team zen. Driver Nico Lapierre channeled his inner Jari-Matti Latvala to ride over some bumps for an insane pass around the outside to get around a herd of slower GT cars.