24 Hours of Le Mans

  • Porsche 919 Hybrid Evo

    Porsche's "Top 5" series returns but this time it's all about one car: the 919 Hybrid Evo. The race car adopted from the Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid went on a global parade to claim lap records before both cars were escorted to their final homes inside the Porsche Museum in Zuffenhausen, Germany. During its final tour, the 919 Hybrid Evo obliterated the overall lap record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with a 5:19 time. The video above digs deeper into the track-splitting machine with five "epic" facts. We kick things off with the suspension. With increased performance in the 919 Hybrid...

  • Artist's impression of a Brabham BT62 GTE race car
    Brabham BT62 to go racing in WEC, 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Brabham will use this week's 2019 Autosport International show starting Thursday in the United Kingdom to formally announce plans to take the BT62 supercar racing in the World Endurance Championship, whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Australian race team and nascent car manufacturer...

  • Aston Martin AM-RB 001
    Red Bull hints at Aston Martin-linked Le Mans program

    Red Bull's motorsport advisor, Helmut Marko, has dropped hints the energy drinks company is considering a future in endurance racing, namely the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the highlight of the World Endurance Championship. In an interview with Autosport published Wednesday, Marko indicated that...

  • FIA Hypercar Class mock image
    Hypercar class rules for WEC, Le Mans have been finalized

    Organizers for the World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, on Wednesday agreed on regulations governing the new “hypercar” class being introduced in the 2020/2021 season to replace the current LMP1 class as the series' premier class. The...

  • Mika Häkkinen drives 1995 McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans winner
    Mika Häkkinen drives the McLaren F1 GTR Le Mans winner

    Twenty-three years after the #59 McLaren F1 GTR crossed the finish line in first place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the car is back at the track. And McLaren put a legendary driver behind the wheel. Mika Häkkinen, former McLaren driver and 1998 and 1999 Formula 1 World Champion, climbed behind...

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007
    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus first to sign on for WEC's new hypercar class

    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus on Monday announced it signed a deal that will enable it to race in the so-called hypercar class that will replace the premier LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship from the 2020/2021 season on. SCG will compete with a hypercar called the 007, which the company...

  • FIA Hypercar Class mock image

    Teams preparing to run in the World Endurance Championship's planned hypercar class will be happy to learn the cost of entry could be lower than previously thought. The new budget reportedly sits at $23 million for a two-car entry, down from from a previous estimate of between $28.7 million and $34.4 million that was given when the FIA first announced the new class with a "hypercar" working title. Motorsport.com reported on the budget changes on Wednesday and said a brochure with the revised budget figure has been sent to manufacturers. Now the goal is to persuade manufacturers to join the...

  • 2007 Koenigsegg CCGT race car prototype
    Koenigsegg might race in Le Mans' new Hypercar class

    Koenigsegg may be among the automakers fielding a car in the new Hypercar class set to be introduced in the 2020/2021 season of the World Endurance Championship, whose final round will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In an interview with Top Gear magazine published Wednesday, Koenigsegg CEO and founder...

  • 1963 Ferrari 275 P chassis No. 0816 - Image via RM Sotheby's
    This Ferrari was only just discovered to be the overall winner at Le Mans in 1963

    After reading the heading you're probably wondering how the overall winner at the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans was only just discovered after more than half a century. Well, it was only due to a little digging by RM Sotheby's after being consigned a very special 1963 Ferrari 275 P. The car, bearing...

  • Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro
    Aston Martin likely to race Valkyrie successor at Le Mans

    Aston Martin is more likely to race the successor to its Valkyrie and not the Valkyrie itself in the so-called Hypercar class (a name is yet to be selected) that will replace LMP1 as the premier class of the World Endurance Championship, and thus the 24 Hours of Le Mans as well. The news was...

  • Ferrari LaFerrari Aperta
    Report: Ferrari, Ford pull out of WEC's “Hypercar” class talks

    Organizers of the World Endurance Championship, whose highlight is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, are currently embroiled with automakers, teams and other stakeholders over a major shakeup to the series' top class in time for the 2020/2021 season. The current proposal is to replace the current LMP1 class...

  • Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007
    SCG reveals 007 hypercar bound for 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus founder James Glickenhaus is clearly a man who loves cars. He loves them so much, in fact, he wants to create new ones to bring joy to the world. He started creating fabulous machines back in 1971 when he converted a Lola T70 race car into a machine he could drive on...

  • The start — actual photo (left) and animated movie version

    Think for a moment about how many children were turned on to automotive culture by Pixar’s movie "Cars", and then by that film’s successors. Might graphic novels and animated films be the way we educate our grandchildren and future generations to the lifestyle we so enjoy as car enthusiasts? Consider that in 2016, Swiss artist Sando Garbo and his team created a 2-pound graphic novel version of Steve McQueen’s movie "Le Mans". And now we learn that French filmmaker Quentin Baillieux has produced a 15-minute animated film "Le Mans 1955" that explores the race during which cars...

  • Toyota at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans
    Toyota wins 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans after so many years of heartbreak

    After more than a decade of heart-crushing defeats, Toyota finally won the historic 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday, claiming both the overall win and the LMP1 class. Piloting the number No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid were Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima, and Fernando Alonso, with Nakajima behind...

  • Toyota GR Super Sport concept
    Why is Toyota developing a new hypercar?

    On Friday Toyota announced it would build a hypercar and that development has already begun. On Sunday, the Japanese automaker finally won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Don't for a second think these two developments aren't related. When Toyota showed the Gazoo Racing Super Sport concept at the Tokyo...

  • McLaren Senna GTR concept
    New hypercar class announced for 2020/2021 season of World Endurance Championship, Le Mans

    Come 2020, the 24 Hours of Le Mans will look very different. The FIA announced on Friday new regulations for the motorsport to include a "hypercar" class in the World Endurance Championship for the years 2020-2024. "The new regulations for the FIA World Endurance Championship, which come into...

  • 1966 Ford GT40 that placed 3rd at Le Mans heads to auction
    1966 Ford GT40 that placed 3rd at Le Mans heads to auction

    The story of Ford versus Ferrari is one that resonates with anyone interested in racing. Ferrari was the big bad bully on the block while Ford looked to make a splash on the global racing scene. To do so, the Blue Oval brand needed a win at the highest level. In 1966, Ford got that win with a 1-2-3...

  • 2018 Aston Martin Vantage GTE race car
    What are the differences between LMP1 and GTE race car brakes at Le Mans?

    The 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will kick off Saturday with 60 cars competing in four different categories. Although motorsport is often characterized by speed, a race car won't get far without a proper set of brakes to handle corners. And different racers, obviously, require very...

  • A pair of Porsche 911 RSR race cars in classic livery

    Porsche is melding old and new school at the upcoming 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans. The German automaker is diving headfirst into its heritage pool and its pulled out two great color schemes. The famed Pink Pig and Rothmans' liveries will be on full display, and they'll be wrapped around the bodies of a pair of Porsche 911 RSR race cars. This is Porsche's future shaking hands with a bit of its glorious past. First we need a bit of a history lesson. The Pink Pig is a moniker initially applied to a monster race car from 1971. A one-off Porsche 917/20, the Pink Pig featured wide bodywork and a short...

  • Aston Martin Vulcan
    The Aston Martin Vulcan is going racing...sort of

    Aston Martin is in full attack as it dives headlong into its Second Century plan. The cars are aggressive yet still beautiful, and at every level of performance and price being offered. Near the top of the hill sits the mighty Vulcan tracak car. This 830-horsepower super machine appears poised to...

  • Teaser for BMW 8-Series debuting at 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans
    BMW prepares for Le Mans return and reveal of new 8-Series

    You've seen the prototypes and leaked shots, but in just a few weeks BMW will finally pull the covers off its new 8-Series. The debut will take place June 15 in Le Mans, where BMW the next day will compete in the French town's famous 24-hour race with the M8 GTE race car. The last time BMW competed...

  • Brabham BT62
    Brabham BT62 tipped to spawn road car, Le Mans racer

    Brabham this week revealed its new BT62 supercar and already there's talk of additional versions. The BT62 that debuted in London on Wednesday is a track-only model limited to 70 units, the number representing 70 years since Brabham founder and namesake Jack Brabham started his racing career. But...

  • 2018/2019 Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 race car
    2018/2019 Toyota TS050 Hybrid LMP1 ready to take on Le Mans

    Toyota has revealed its TS050 Hybrid challenger for the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship, the car that will likely see the Japanese automaker secure its first win in the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans, the event highlight. The TS050 Hybrid is designed for the premier LMP1 class, in which...

  • 2018/2019 Rebellion Racing TVR R13 LMP1 race car
    TVR to return to Le Mans with Rebellion Racing in premier LMP1 class

    TVR only made its return last September with the reveal of a modern Griffith sports car, and now the British performance brand has announced its return to motorsport, in the 2018/2019 World Endurance Championship. TVR has joined Swiss team Rebellion Racing as a partner and title sponsor. The team...

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