2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 race car
The organizer of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), will be celebrating this June 90 years since the first 24-hour endurance race was held at the legendary Le Mans race track in France.
As part of the celebrations, the ACO ran a poll among its members and fans to select the most iconic race cars from the hundreds that have contested the 24 Hours of Le Mans since the first race back in 1923.
The final decision was made by a 12-member panel of judges including FIA President Jean Todt and ACO President Pierre Fillon in Paris last Friday.
The poll asked for the car that best embodied the spirit and legend of Le Mans from each of the 10 decades of the race, starting from the 1920s and ending at the decade starting in 2010 and ending in 2020.
In the end 11 cars were picked as there was a tie between two of the cars from the 1990s: Mazda’s 787B equaled Peugeot’s 905 in the votes.
Interestingly, five of the cars listed are from Volkswagen Group brands. From the Bentley Speed 6 of the 1920s to the latest Audi R18 e-tron quattro that will be competing at Le Mans this year, cars from the Volkswagen Group can be found throughout the 90-year history of the race.Below is the list of the most iconic Le Mans cars:
1920s Bentley Speed 6
1930s Alfa Romeo 8C
1940s Ferrari 166MM
1950s Jaguar D-Type
1960s Ford GT40
1970s Porsche 917K
1980s Porsche 956
1990s Mazda 787B and Peugeot 905
2000s Audi R10 TDI
2010s Audi R18 e-tron quattro