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Red Bull partners with ORECA for Hydrogen class at Le Mans

WRITTEN BY: SARA KIMBERLEY Red Bull Advanced Technologies (RBAT) has partnered with ORECA to collaborate on the chassis concept for all future prototypes in the Hydrogen class at the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans, following a competitive pitch by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ASO). The ASO issued the tender for the exclusive supply […]

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Toyota Wins Their Third Consecutive 24 Hours of Le Mans

The TS050 may have faced minimal competition, but it is a three-time Le Mans winner. Just as with the last two, Toyota’s 2020 Le Mans win was inevitable. The TS050 has been the sole factory entry racing at the top level of sports car racing, and its unmatched pace meant that only catastrophic failure could […]

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Toyota takes pole, Rebellion second in Hyperpole at Le Mans

Kamui Kobayashi has secured pole position for Toyota at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the first-ever Hyperpole shoot-out but Gustavo Menezes scored a surprise second position for Rebellion Racing. Hyperpole is the new qualifying format that sees the top six qualifiers from each class from the first qualifying session battle it out for […]

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A Female Team at Le Mans Jumps to a New Level

For the first time, an all-female team will compete in the LMP2 class, which is open exclusively to privately owned teams. It represents the culmination of the work of the Women in Motorsport Commission and Richard Mille, president of the Endurance Commission of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, the sport’s governing body. The Women in Motorsport […]

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Judge me by my results, says 74-year-old set to become Le Mans’ oldest driver

Dominique Bastien will become the oldest driver to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. The 74-year-old tells James Elson that he’s not there to make up the numbers “Frankly, I don’t think too much about age. If I didn’t feel that I was good enough to be on the track, then I […]

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is Sept. 19-20; Here’s What You Need to Know

No fans will be allowed for the world’s biggest endurance race set for Sept. 19-20 in France. “Things have changed,” says the caption on the “Official Teaser” video airing on the official FIA World Endurance Championship website, “but we are not worried. We are prepared to fight.” That’s the website for the Automobile Club de l’Ouest-FIA […]

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TOYOTA GAZOO Racing aiming for Le Mans hat-trick

TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will challenge for a third consecutive victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours as it targets a perfect final appearance at the Circuit de la Sarthe with its history-making TS050 HYBRID, in the 88th edition of the legendary French race. The 1,000PS, four-wheel-drive TS050 HYBRID came within two laps of victory on […]

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PORSCHE WITHDRAW IMSA CARS FROM LE MANS

With the 2020 24 Hour of Le Mans postponed until September due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Porsche have made the decision to withdraw their two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 911 RSR-19 GTEs from the entry list, leaving them with just two cars on the blue-riband grid. The explanation for the decision from the German manufacturer has been cited as a […]

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VISION eyeing Garage 56 Le Mans entry with biomethane Hypercar

While SRT41’s planned ‘Garage 56’ effort to the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed, plans have surfaced for a 2021 entry from all-French outfit VISION to run in the centenary edition of the French endurance classic with a biomethane-powered Hypercar. VISION, which started this project four years ago, is working under the management […]

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Retrospective: Le Mans only stops for war (and strikes)

With the news that the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be postponed to September amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a question quickly tends to bubble up: has this ever happened before? It’s an intriguing question worth asking: what are the previous occasions the greatest enduro of them all was delayed, […]

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All-female ELMS LMP2 crew aiming for Le Mans entry

An all-female LMP2 crew could race at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, Richard Mille Racing revealing that it has requested an entry for its new-for-2020 ELMS-bound ORECA. Richard Mille Racing is set to compete in the European Le Mans Series season this year with an all-female driver crew, confirmed today in the wake of […]

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Peugeot reveals hypercar destined to race at Le Mans

Peugeot on Wednesday provided a first look at its contender for the new Hypercar class of the World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. Peugeot has a long and successful history at Le Mans, especially with its 908 line of sports prototypes, but for its comeback it will team up […]

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Peugeot Sport commits to FIA WEC Hypercar

Peugeot Sport has announced that it will join the FIA World Endurance Championship’s ‘Hypercar’ top class from 2022 onwards. The French marque made this short announcement via social media, stating simply that it will enter with a ‘Hybrid-Powered’ Hypercar, followed by “More news to come at the beginning of 2020.” This announcement marks the return […]

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Opinion: Peugeot news is the shot in the arm WEC needed

By: Jamie Klein News that Peugeot will join the FIA World Endurance Championship grid in 2022 is just the tonic the series needed at a time doubts were beginning to surface about the hypercar concept, writes Jamie Klein. Wednesday’s announcement that Peugeot is gearing up for its first assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours since […]

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Porsche wins all titles at the Petit Le Mans Road Atlanta finale

The Porsche GT Team concluded the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season by winning the manufacturer, driver and team titles. At the final round of the season at Road Atlanta (USA), the two Porsche 911 RSR flying the Coca-Cola colours finished on positions five and six. This race marked the 50th and final factory outing for […]

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Ford GT to make final factory-backed appearance at Petit Le Mans

The latest chapter in the history of Ford Racing – a gripping true story of triumph more than a century in the making – will be completed at Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12. That’s when the iconic and inspiring Ford GT will make its final appearance as a factory-backed entrant in the IMSA […]

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LM24: Toyota reigns supreme

The 2019 running of the Le Mans 24 Hours certainly wasn’t without action. After a rather lackluster race last year, at the start of the ‘Super Season’, the ‘Super Finale’ delivered, in every class, with drama, right until the finish.In the end, it was Toyota Gazoo Racing that won overall, after another dominant performance against […]

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Pol Espargaro: Le Mans result proves KTM’s rivals are ‘not gods’

Pol Espargaro says finishing the MotoGP French Grand Prix just 5.9 seconds from race winner Marc Marquez in sixth proves KTM’s rivals are “not gods”.Espargaro – who trailed Marquez by 32s in last year’s Le Mans race – was unable to set a lap in qualifying due to a crash in Q2, but leaped up […]

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Princess Charlene of Monaco to start 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours

South African born Princess Charlene of Monaco has been named as the official starter for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Her Serene Highness, Princess Charlene, a former Olympic swimmer, is actively involved in the Formula 1 Monaco Grand Prix will wave the start of the 87th running of the iconic endurance race which […]

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The FIA will be introducing mandatory fuel flow meters to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE Pro class before the end of the 2018/19 ‘Super Season’.

This change to the regulations comes after the “unanimous agreement of LM GTE Pro Manufacturers”, according to the FIA, and will be recommended for next week’s FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, the penultimate round of the season, before being enforced “until further notice” ahead of next month’s the Le Mans Test Day and the […]

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Brabham announces 2021 GTE effort

Brabham Automotive intends to enter its new BT62 supercar at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, starting in 2021. Led by Le Mans winner David Brabham, the Australia-based factory effort will see the BT62 entered at the prestigious French endurance race as part of a full-time campaign spanning the 2021-2022 FIA WEC ‘Super Season.’ “Returning […]

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Mazda targets Petit Le Mans victory

Lucas Di Grassi and Marino Franchitti will join Mazda Team Joest for the ten-hour Petit Le Mans, the season-ending event of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Di Grassi will join Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez in the No. 77 Castrol / Williams Scotsman Mazda RT24-P. Di Grassi is a Formula 1 veteran and a former Formula […]

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‘Hypercar’ regs could herald new Le Mans golden era – Brown

McLaren’s decision as to whether or not it will sign up to the 2020 as yet unnamed Hypercar regulations is set to come soon, and that with the regulations almost finalized, McLaren’s Zak Brown feels they could bring “glory years” back to Le Mans in the near future. Speaking during last weekend’s ELMS round at […]

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‘HYPERCARS, SUPERCARS’ CLASS TO REPLACE LMP1 AT LE MANS FOR 2020

Each manufacturer or constructor will build their own chassis for new class The next generation of car that will fight for outright victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans will have the look of hypercars and super sportscars. A class to be introduced for the 2020-21 World Endurance Championship calls for purebred racing prototypes that manufacturers will be […]