Following endurance racing on American television became a tedious chore in recent years, riddled with odd channel changes and unplanned interruptions. Fox was especially heinous about preempting their scheduled race coverage for seemingly anything else. So, the World Endurance Championship left this year for…
Because rules ruin fun and Porsche’s Le Mans prototype group doesn’t have to adhere to rules anymore, the company took one of its Le Mans racers out to Spa-Francorchamps. But the car went out there unrestricted, not a care in the world about series rules, and lapped the circuit faster than a Formula One car.
British automaker TVR has a long history at Le Mans, but hasn’t actually been in motorsport for more than 10 years. That streak of inaction will end this season, since TVR announced that it’s back to race Le Mans once again—and not just Le Mans. Its car will race the entire World Endurance Championship season.
The FIA World Endurance Championship officially changed its 2018 schedule, moving the 6 Hours of Fuji back a week. The changes conveniently came after Formula One star Fernando Alonso announced he’d race the entire WEC season that didn’t conflict with his F1 schedule, and Fuji conflicted with his F1 schedule.
Toyota is the last car manufacturer standing in the World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class, where they’ll get not one, but two shots to win Le Mans. WEC is calling 2018-2019 their “superseason” as they transition to a calendar that ends at Le Mans. Here’s the TS050 Hybrid they hope to do that with, unveiled today…
With the FIA WEC super season nearing its kickoff this May, many LMP1 manufacturers and privateer teams have announced their intention to participate. With the loss of Audi at the end of 2016 and Porsche at the end of 2017, I figured LMP1 all but dead, but things seem to have rebounded a bit with a bigger field than…
There’s a very convincing looking fake Twitter account claiming that everybody’s favorite series-hopping Formula One driver Fernando Alonso is confirmed to drive for Toyota at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. But don’t get your hopes up just yet—it’s an extremely well done gag.
The 9-round FIA World Championship provided a full 72 hours of racing across four continents. I watched every minute of the racing this season, and it was usually quite exciting and over-the-top drama-filled. The 24 hours of Le Mans, in particular, this year provided an impressive battle of who can fail the most…
It’s official: Toyota’s top-class LMP1 team is sticking around for the entire transitional World Endurance Championship “superseason,” which spans roughly a year and a half and ends with a second running of Le Mans.
So we didn’t get a new Toyota Supra at any of the auto shows in 2017, and it doesn’t appear to be coming to the Detroit show next month either. At this point I’m all but convinced it exists only internally so Toyota employees can rip burnouts as a stress-relief exercise. But! Something interesting and unexpected is…
Aston Martin doesn’t waste time, it turns out. The same day the new 2019 Aston Martin Vantage drops, we also get its racing version, the Vantage GTE. It’s headed to the World Endurance Championship next year, and it keeps that loud and ridiculous neon green-yellow paint.
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.
Who’s a bad little fluffums? Bad kitty! Look what you’ve done, Snufferlumpapaws. Look at this big mess you made! You briefly yellow-flagged the season finale of the world’s highest rung of endurance sports car racing. Bad, kitty, bad! Bad! Bad!
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.
This will be Fox’s last year broadcasting the World Endurance Championship for now, as even the series is tired of having Le Mans coverage unexpectedly swapped for golf highlights. While the WEC has given fans the live stream we want for years, the biggest problem is that auto racing’s sponsors haven’t caught up with…
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.
Famed Lotus fourder Colin Chapman had a cruel reputation for saying that a race car only has to survive through the checkered flag, but he’s not wrong there. Fellow British marque Aston Martin proved that spectacularly at today’s 6 Hours of Shanghai by rolling into the winners’ line-up on fire.
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.