Le Mans

  • 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...

  • Brembo breaks down F1 and Le mans brakes
    How do Formula 1 and Le Mans LMP1 brakes differ?

    Formula 1 race cars are amazing feats of motorsport engineering. Equally as amazing, however, are the LMP1 prototype racers that run in the various endurance events around the globe, including the 24 Hours of LeMans. Each type of cars represents the pinnacle of what's currently possible with a race...

  • 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...

  • Aston Martin Valkyrie in near-production form
    Aston Martin could race Valkyrie at Le Mans if regulations change

    Aston Martin envisions a redefined LMP1 class at Le Mans if the FIA changes regulations to allow race-modified versions of hypercars to compete. If that were to happen, it would include the Aston Martin Valkyrie. The marque's CEO, Andy Palmer, told Autocar in a report published on Monday that the...

  • No. 66 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT at 2017 24 Hours of Daytona
    Ford GT struggles at test day ahead of 24 Hours of Le Mans

    Ford arrived at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans with one mission: to do right by the brand's historic 1-2-3 finish at the race in 1966. Ford was indeed successful and placed first, third, and fourth in the GTE-Pro class. This year is shaping up differently, however. After Sunday's Le Man's test day...

  • 2012 Nissan DeltaWing project
    Nissan DeltaWing Racer Returns For The ALMS Season Finale: Video

    Calling the Nissan DeltaWing racer a fan favorite is a bit of an understatement, so Nissan has announced the car’s return to competition at the American Le Mans Series’ season finale, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 17-20. We last saw the DeltaWing driven on track at the 24...

  • Toyota Racing’s TS030 Hybrid car #7 winning the Six Hours of Sao Paulo in Brazil

    Toyota has won its first race with its new TS030 Hybrid Le Mans prototype, having led from start to finish in the Six Hours of Sao Paulo at Brazil’s famous Interlagos race track over the weekend. The Brazilian race was the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), with the Toyota factory team, Toyota Racing, winning it in dominating style. Drivers Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre started from pole position as the #7 TS030 Hybrid maintained its record of having led at some point in every race in which it has competed. In total, the duo made 247 laps during the six hours of...

  • Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2. Photo via Talacrest.
    Le Mans-Winning Aston Martin DBR1/2 For Sale

    Talacrest is a name best known in the classic Ferrari world, but this time around, it's peddling the 1959 Le Mans-winning Aston Martin DBR1/2 driven by Roy Salvadori and Carroll Shelby. To call this car priceless is to ignore the whole point of a sale--but it's certainly a piece of motorsport...

  • Ferrari 512 BB LM in-car at 2012 Le Mans Classic
    Ferrari 512 BB LM, 365 GTB4 Sound Fantastic At Le Mans Classic: Video

    We can vouch, first hand, just how incredible an aural experience Le Mans Classic is. It's also a visual experience to rival anything set in the modern era. In these videos, we get an angle on the experience that only a relative handful of those at Le Mans Classic get to taste: the actual in-car...

  • McLaren MP4-12C Spider
    McLaren MP4-12C Spider, Mazda-Based Alfa, Sexist Parking Spots: Car News Headlines

    Want to see the new McLaren MP4-12C Spider in action? We've got you covered, as the retractable hardtop supercar hits the track in a new official video. How about more details on the upcoming Mazda-based Alfa Romeo sports car? We have those too. And if you're up for a bit of...

  • 2012 Le Mans Classic
    2012 Le Mans Classic Mega-Gallery

    Walking around the paddock areas at Le Mans Classic hurts. Your neck is sore from constantly swiveling back and forth, your feet are sore from walking over the same several miles of historic asphalt a dozen times, and your heart is sore from the aching desire to own, to drive, to even sit in just...

  • Fred Schrader and Kevin Buckler - Anne Proffit photo
    Winery Pals Schrader And Buckler Take Podium In Aston Martin Festival

    Much of the attention at last weekend's 24 Hours of Mans went toward the 80th edition of the 24-hour race, but there were support events as well, including the Aston Martin Le Mans Festival Classic, which allowed gentleman drivers to exercise their GT1, GT2, GT3 and GT4 Aston Martin race cars...

  • 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 Convertible Collector Edition

    Free trips to some of the world's greatest races? Free sports cars? No gearhead/speedfreak/track rat in his or her right mind would turn such a thing down, even across brand loyalty barriers. That's probably part of the motivation behind Chevrolet's latest duo of giveaways. The other part is apparently a desire to be excellent, and that part, they have nailed: you can register to win, win no purchase necessary, either a 2013 Corvette 427 Convertible Collector's Edition and a trip to the 2013 Le Mans 24-hour or a 2013 Camaro ZL1 and a trip to the 2013 Indy 500. Only U.S. residents are...

  • 1967 Ford GT40 Mk1. Photo courtesy of RM Auctions.
    Steve McQueen 'Le Mans' Film Car 1968 Ford GT40 Heads To Auction At RM Monterey

    It's hard to believe, but Pebble Beach and its assorted festivities are just around the corner again. On August 17-18, two fantastic examples of the Ford GT40 will cross the auction block at RM Auctions' Monterey event--one of which was used to film Steve McQueen's film Le Mans. The McQueen film...

  • Ferrari Enzo Successor (F70) spy shots
    Ferrari F70 Spied, Cadillac Hands-Off SuperCruising, Audi At Le Mans: Car News Headlines

    The 2013 Ferrari F70, the code-named successor to the Enzo, has been spied yet again. Though the heavy camouflage makes it look quite funky, the statistics sound brilliant. Will the F70 be the new king of the super cars? Cadillac says it will bring its hands-off "SuperCruise" cruise control--a...

  • Entrants in the inaugural Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans
    Aston Martin Announces Inaugural Racing Festival Of Le Mans

    Proving that there’s no such thing as too much racing, Aston Martin has announced the entry list for the inaugural Aston Martin Racing Festival of Le Mans, scheduled to tale place at the Circuit de la Sarthe, France, in conjunction with this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Meant to be a...

  • The Lotus Evora GTC
    Lotus Announces Evora GTC Racer

    Building from the established Lotus Evora GT4 racer, Lotus has announced the availability of the new Evora GTC. Aimed at the latest Le Mans Series class of near-production cars, the Evora GTC will go head to head against the 2011 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and the Ferrari F430 Challenge in Le Mans GTC...

  • Bentley Speed 8 LMP race car
    Bentley Weighs Up Options For Motorsports Comeback

    The last time a Bentley automobile took to the track in top-level motorsports was 2003, when the legendary brand from Crewe won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Bentley Speed 8. Since then there have been inklings that the automaker was looking at a return to motorsports, which culminated late last...

  • 1991 Mazda 787B four-rotor race car

    The Mazda 787B race car was an instantaneous legend. Driven to victory in the 1991 Le Mans 24 Hour race, it remains both the only Japanese car ever to win the race, and the only rotary-engined winner too. Perhaps even more than its shape, the defining characteristic of the 787B is its piercing, deafeningly-loud sound, the result of its four-rotor Wankel engine. How do you do justice to that sound in a video game? If you're Turn 10, creators of Forza Motorsport 4, you use a lot of microphones--and one hell of a lot of ear protection. There's a lot more to recording sound than just sticking a...

  • Morgan returns to Le Mans with OAK Racing LM P2 car
    Morgan Returns To Le Mans With LMP2 Entry: Video

    As we reported back in January, Morgan Motor Company has teamed up with France's OAK Racing to enter Le Mans in the LMP2 class, albeit with re-branded Pescarolo World Endurance Championship cars. This video shows the first shakedown test of the new joint effort as the team readies to bring the...

  • 2012 Audi R18 ultra and e-tron quattro LMP1 race car
    2012 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Hybrid Le Mans Prototype Debuts

    Testament to Audi’s commitment towards pioneering new technologies, the brand with the four rings has unveiled its new 2012 Le Mans racing prototypes, which combine highly-efficient TDI diesel engines with hybrid technology and quattro all-wheel-drive. Audi first saw Le Mans victory back in...

  • Photo courtesy DeltaWing
    DeltaWing Heads To Windshear Wind Tunnel

    It has new Michelin tires, it has an EMCO gearbox, the bodywork is completed and an unnamed engine is installed, so it's time for the new DeltaWing prototype to travel from Dan Gurney's All American Racers in Orange County, California to outside Charlotte, North Carolina to undergo full-scale wind...

  • 2012 Toyota LMP1 hybrid Le Mans prototype - Photo: AUTOhebdo
    Toyota's 2012 Le Mans Hybrid Race Car Breaks Cover

    It could just be coincidence, but considering Peugeot's announcement yesterday that it was shutting down its endurance racing program effective immediately, now would seem like a very opportune time for another major manufacturer to show off its brand new Le Mans contender. Enter, Toyota. The...

  • 2011 Peugeot 908 dawn pit stop - Anne Proffit photo
    ACO Reacts To Peugeot Endurance Racing Departure

    With the announcement that Peugeot Sport Total is closing its endurance racing program for 2012, the sanctioning group of the 24 Heures du Mans, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) weighed in on this momentous sea-change in sports car racing. "As creator and organizer of the Le Mans 24 Hours and...

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