Le Mans Series

Le Mans Series

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Last year, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro was the overall and LMP1 class winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours race. This year, history repeats itself, as the R18 e-tron was once again the winner at the famous race. This was the twelfth Audi victory at Le Mans.

Audi entered the race with three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars and the win was achieved by the No. 2 car, which was driven by Loïc Duval (France), Tom Kristensen (Denmark) and Allan McNish (Scotland).

The win was even more impressive if you consider that the R18 e-tron cars were able to do two laps less on one tank filling than their main rival Toyota. So the R18 cars had to compensate for the additional pit stops by faster lap times on track

This year’s race was extremely difficult because of the extremely difficult weather conditions. There was also a fatal crash in the GT class shortly after the race started that took the life of Allan Simonsen.

Click past the jump to read more about the Audi R18 e-tron quattro.

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Nissan announced its plans to enter the Le Mans Series earlier this year, but the company has been toying with the idea ever since it left the DeltaWing program.

Today its experimental car - the ZEOD RC - was finally unveiled and, according to Nissan, it will be the world’s fastest electric racecar. The new electric racecar will start testing later this summer and will make its racing debut at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hour. As usual, the car will race under the ACO’s "Garage 56" entry.

While very official specifications have been released on the new ZEOD RC, we do know it will take advantage of the electric technology used in the road-going Nissan Leaf . However, Nissan will somehow take this technology to extreme level, as the ZEOD RC will hit a top speed of 186 mph.

Nissan will run Le Mans with aG-Driving Racing No 26 Oreca this year and hopes to score victory in the P2 class.

Updated 05/21/2014: Nissan unveiled a new video showing the ZEOD RC crash test in slow motion. Enjoy!

Click past the jump to read about some of the competition the ZEOD RC may face at at next year’s Le Mans.

A few months ago, Aston Martin and Gulf decided to hold a competition, encouraging aspiring auto designers to design one of the cars that the British automaker will be enter in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend.

It took some time for a winner to be announced, but now the British marque has one after naming Jonathan Wesley from Kettering, UK, as the ultimate winner.

The Gulf livery designed by Wesley on the #97 Vantage GTE will be used to compete at Le Mans this weekend. As part of design triumph, Wesley will be invited by Aston Martin to be a VIP guest during the famed race.

If it isn’t enough for Wesley to have front row seats to watch Le Mans, he gets to do so while watching the Aston Martin Vantage GTE, whose livery he himself designed, compete in race’s 90th installment.

Click past the jump to read about the Aston Martin Vantage GTE

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When Nissan announced plans to drop the DeltaWing program, it also announced plans to return to 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. The company plans to enter the race as a "Garage 56" with an "innovative project that promises to continue the pioneering spirit of last year’s award-winning Nissan DeltaWing experimental entry."

Today, the company released the first teaser video and image of the vehicle that will make its world debut on Friday, June 21st. At the 2013 Le Mans , Nissan will also open a "Nismo FanZone" experience that will offer the fans a chance to see the drivers of the No. 42 Greaves Motorsport and No. 26 G-Drive Racing cars.

Also, visitors will have the possibility to enter competitions to win helicopter rides, garage tours, circuit tours and numerous other giveaways throughout the event. Nissan is also offering the possibility to watch the groundbreaking Juke Ride biometrics system.

Click past the jump to read more about Nissan’s competitors in Le Mans.

We knew Porsche had been flirting with the idea of returning to Le Mans for a while now, but the debut of the 919 Hybrid Le Mans racer at the Geneva Motor Show put final stamp of assurance on the proposal. What you see here is Porsche’s LMP1 race car with loads of new technologies helping the car compete in some of the toughest endurance racing out there.

Competing in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, against the current stalwarts Audi and Toyota , the 919 Hybrid uses three separate modes of propulsion to help it achieve the best fuel efficiency. In the words of Matthias Müller, Porsche’s Chairman of the Executive Board, “It will not be the fastest car that wins the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 hours of Le Mans, rather it will be the car that goes the furthest with a defined amount of energy.”

Updated 06/11/2014: With days before the official start of the 2014 Le Mans race Porsche unveiled a series of new details on the 919 Hybrid which will enter the race. Check the new details after the jump.

Click past the jump to read more about the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the company’s history at Le Mans.

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Caterham is preparing to unveil a brand-new model in 2016, but until then, the company is readying itself to enter the Le Mans 24 Hours . Caterham’s official Le Mans debut will be made this year at the end of June when the company plans to enter the race with a Zytek Z11SN-Nissan in the LMP2 category.

The car will wear number No. 41 and Caterham F1 Team Reserve Driver and Caterham Racing GP2 driver Alexander Rossi, and double LMP2 class-winner, Tom Kimber-Smith will be at the wheel. They will be joined by a crew of Caterham engineers, technicians and data analysts that will ensure the No. 41 car performs at its peak.

With this move, Caterham hopes to increase its position as a global authority in the sports car market. This move comes after a second season in the F1 series and a 50:50 partnership with Renault to develop and build its first new road model in 20 years.

Click past the jump to read more about Caterham’s competitors at Le Mans.

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Earlier this year, the SRT team announced that the new-generation Viper is preparing its return to the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race after an absence of 13 years. Now it looks like the company has big hopes for the 81st edition set for June 22nd and 23rd at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.

SRT, in cooperation with Riley Technologies, is preparing two identicalSRT Viper GTS-R models for the race. The two cars were rigorously tested during four ALMS races in 2012 and during the full 2013 racing season. Car No. 91 managed to obtain three consecutive top-five finishes, including a position on the podium at Long Beach, where it finished third.

The two Viper GTS-Rs will be driven by Marc Goossens, Dominik Farnbacher, Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer, joined by Tommy Kendall and Ryan Dalziel for the endurance events.

Click past the jump to read more about Viper’s experience at Le Mans.

Porsche returns to Le Mans in 2014

Porsche’s comeback in Le Mans was a long time in the making. As the automaker with the most wins in the race’s history at 16, Porsche returning to the scene of its glory has put the clock on its rivals.

But it wasn’t the only racing series the automaker was considering.

Before deciding on a Le Mans comeback, Porsche R&D boss, Wolfgang Hatz, told Autocar that the company also considered Formula One. In the end, however, the decision was made to return to Le Mans because conditions in Formula one were so "extreme that it cannot result in any development in our road car understanding."

It’s a valid reason, especially considering that Formula One technology seemingly has a life of its own and it didn’t make sense for Porsche to spend valuable resources and finances in a series that wouldn’t translate to its production development.

So there it is. Formula One ’s loss - if it cares - is Le Mans’ gain. And with the competitiveness of the latter in the past few years, the return of the king will only make Le Mans even more fun to watch.

Click past the jump to watch Porsche’s history at Le Mans

Source: Autocar UK
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Porsche scored amazing results with its 911 GT3 RSR race car, so it is no surprise that the company developed a GT3 RSR based on the new 991 generation . The 991-Series 911 GT3 RSR has been unveiled just in time to celebrate 50 years of the Porsche 911.

The new 911 RSR received a series of updates that make it ready for any competition around the world. These updates include a new wishbone front suspension replacing the previously used McPherson struts and a particularly lightweight racing gearbox. Under the hood the racing version keeps the same 460 horsepower 4.0-litre six-cylinder boxer engine as it predecessor.

With the new RSR model, Porshe paid extra attention to a more evenly balanced weight distribution. Lots of aerodynamic components are now made in carbon fiber, like the front and rear mudguards, front and rear lids, doors, underbody, wheel arches and rear wing. The same material has been used on the interior for the dashboard and the center console.

Exterior updates include new air ducting, a centrally-located radiator, while the front end, front lid and rear panel are fitted with quick release systems and can be replaced within seconds.

During the 2013 racing season, the 911 RSR will be wearing starting number 92 and will be driven by Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria).

Updated 04/23/2013: Porsche has unveiled a new promo video for the new-generation 911 RSR that shows the car testing on the racetrack. Enjoy!

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The 2014 racing season will mark Porsche’s return to the famous Le Mans race in an attempt to continue its ongoing success story. During its participation at the Le Mans race, Porsche scored a total of 16 overall victories, but the best year for the company was 1971.

For Porsche, the 1971 Le Mans was the race of records: its 917 racecar managed to average a speed of 222 km/h (137 mph) - a first for the company.

This video was developed as a tribute to the amazing 1971 racing season, but also wants to prepare you for Porsche’s great comeback at the world’s most famous long-distance race.

For those of you interested in learning more about Porsche’s presence at the Le Mans race, check the official web page. Here you will learn about Porsche’s 16 victories and all the moments in Porsche’s motorsport history.


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