History UsefulNotes / TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans

2nd Feb '17 7:36:59 PM WillKeaton
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** Although 400+km/h speeds had been reached previously[[note]]in the 1988 race a WM-Peugeot entered just to set a new top speed reached 407km/h before retiring due to cooling issues[[/note]], it was the C9 consistently reaching these speeds that finally forced the organizers to introduce chicanes on the Hunaudières to slow the cars down.

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** Although 400+km/h speeds had been reached previously[[note]]in previously,[[note]]in the 1988 race a WM-Peugeot entered just to set a new top speed reached 407km/h before retiring due to cooling issues[[/note]], issues[[/note]] it was the C9 consistently reaching these speeds that finally forced the organizers to introduce chicanes on the Hunaudières to slow the cars down.



* Audi "R" series: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015-16 respectively. Audi are also notable for being the first [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines. However, each car does have its own claim to fame:

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* Audi "R" series: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a Bentley,[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Audi[[/note]] Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015-16 respectively. Audi are also notable for being the first [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines. However, each car does have its own claim to fame:
28th Jan '17 2:58:25 PM JJay
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* Audi "R" series: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015-16 respectively. Each car does have its own claim to fame, however:

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* Audi "R" series: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015-16 respectively. Each Audi are also notable for being the first [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines. However, each car does have its own claim to fame, however:fame:



* From The R10 onwards, Audi were the only [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.
28th Jan '17 2:55:58 PM JJay
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From The R10 onwards, Audi were the only [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.

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* From The R10 onwards, Audi were the only [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.
28th Jan '17 2:55:00 PM JJay
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From The R10 onwards, Audi were only [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.

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From The R10 onwards, Audi were the only [=LMP1=] manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.




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** The second-place streak was tragically continued in 2016, with [=TS050=] leading the race comfortably with three minutes to go, only [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mH4GbYI0vZI to slow down and ultimately stop on the penultimate lap]] with a turbo failure, allowing Porsche to take the lead and the win.
28th Jan '17 2:49:30 PM JJay
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** They have a SpiritualSuccessor in the 919 Hybrid, which debuted in 2014 and went on to win the race in 2015.

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** They have a SpiritualSuccessor in the 919 Hybrid, which debuted in 2014 and went on to win the race in 2015.2015 (including setting the fastest lap since the chicanes were introduced) and 2016.



* Audi R8/R10/R15/R18: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015 respectively. The recent models are the only [=LMP1=] machines who use BoringButPractical diesel engines.

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* Audi R8/R10/R15/R18: "R" series: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015 2015-16 respectively. Each car does have its own claim to fame, however:
** Audi R8: Although it was not [[OlderThanTheyThink the first car to feature quick-change sub-assemblies]], the way it was applied through the design coupled with great pace meant it won 5 Le Mans in 6 years, from 2000-2005.
** Audi R10:
The recent models are first diesel car to win Le Mans overall, winning from 2006-2008.
** Audi R15: The current race-distance record holder, set in
the 2010 race which saw all four Peugeot 908s succumb to mechanical issues despite lapping 3-4 seconds faster than the Audis
** Audi R18: The winner of the closest racing finish in 2011, finishing ''13.854 seconds'' ahead of the [[AlwaysSecondBest Peugeot 908]]
** Audi R18 e-tron: The first hybrid car to win overall in 2012; also won in 2013 and 2014.
From The R10 onwards, Audi were
only [=LMP1=] machines who manufacturer to use BoringButPractical diesel engines.
3rd Jan '17 7:03:03 PM Wyldchyld
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Because of the length of Le Mans, drivers are put in 3-man teams, with some classes ([=LMP2=] and [=GTE-Am=]) requiring at least one Silver or Bronze driver who also has to spend a certain amount of time in the car. This extra demand results in drivers being drafted in from other series just for Le Mans to compliment the drivers who regularly take part in endurance races. Regardless of which ranking a driver is given or whether they are regular endurance racers or not, to do even remotely well at Le Mans, they have to be very {{Badass}}. While all drivers have to take mandated breaks (you're only allowed to be in the car for four hours every six and 14 hours total due to concerns about driver fatigue), there is still the fact that it won't be long before they have to get back out on track. Amongst the amateur drivers some celebrities have appeared, including Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and [[Series/GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]].

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Because of the length of Le Mans, drivers are put in 3-man teams, with some classes ([=LMP2=] and [=GTE-Am=]) requiring at least one Silver or Bronze driver who also has to spend a certain amount of time in the car. This extra demand results in drivers being drafted in from other series just for Le Mans to compliment the drivers who regularly take part in endurance races. Regardless of which ranking a driver is given or whether they are regular endurance racers or not, to do even remotely well at Le Mans, they have to be very {{Badass}}.badass. While all drivers have to take mandated breaks (you're only allowed to be in the car for four hours every six and 14 hours total due to concerns about driver fatigue), there is still the fact that it won't be long before they have to get back out on track. Amongst the amateur drivers some celebrities have appeared, including Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and [[Series/GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]].
3rd Dec '16 7:50:55 AM jamespolk
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Because of the length of Le Mans, drivers are put in 3-man teams, with some classes ([=LMP2=] and [=GTE-Am=]) requiring at least one Silver or Bronze driver who also has to spend a certain amount of time in the car. This extra demand results in drivers being drafted in from other series just for Le Mans to compliment the drivers who regularly take part in endurance races. Regardless of which ranking a driver is given or whether they are regular endurance racers or not, to do even remotely well at Le Mans, they have to be very {{Badass}}. While all drivers have to take mandated breaks (you're only allowed to be in the car for four hours every six and 14 hours total due to concerns about driver fatigue), there is still the fact that it won't be long before they have to get back out on track. Amongst the amateur drivers some celebrities have appeared, including SteveMcQueen and [[Series/GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]].

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Because of the length of Le Mans, drivers are put in 3-man teams, with some classes ([=LMP2=] and [=GTE-Am=]) requiring at least one Silver or Bronze driver who also has to spend a certain amount of time in the car. This extra demand results in drivers being drafted in from other series just for Le Mans to compliment the drivers who regularly take part in endurance races. Regardless of which ranking a driver is given or whether they are regular endurance racers or not, to do even remotely well at Le Mans, they have to be very {{Badass}}. While all drivers have to take mandated breaks (you're only allowed to be in the car for four hours every six and 14 hours total due to concerns about driver fatigue), there is still the fact that it won't be long before they have to get back out on track. Amongst the amateur drivers some celebrities have appeared, including SteveMcQueen Creator/SteveMcQueenActor and [[Series/GreysAnatomy Patrick Dempsey]].
3rd Apr '16 5:14:22 PM RisefromYourGrave
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* Both the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' games contain [=LMP=] and [=GT=] cars, with the former being the fastest cars in the games (barring formula cars and high-end concepts like the Red Bull [=X2010=]). The Circuit de la Sarthe features in later instalments of both series.

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* Both the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' ''[[VideoGame/{{Forza}} Forza Motorsport]]'' games contain [=LMP=] and [=GT=] cars, with the former being the fastest cars in the games (barring formula cars and high-end concepts like the Red Bull [=X2010=]). The Circuit de la Sarthe features in later instalments installments of both series.



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28th Jan '16 2:51:02 AM 4444jdm
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* Audi R8/R10/R15/R18: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015 respectively.

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* Audi R8/R10/R15/R18: The {{Boring Invincible Hero}}, Audi won 13 races from 2000-2015, with only Bentley[[note]]a sister company of Audi[[/note]], Peugeot and Porsche[[note]]a more recent sister company of Audi, after Volkswagen officially took over[[/note]] interrupting the streak in 2003, 2009 and 2015 respectively. The recent models are the only [=LMP1=] machines who use BoringButPractical diesel engines.
16th Jan '16 8:28:13 AM Nick98
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* Mazda [=787B=]: The only Japanese and rotary-engined car to win the race so far.

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* Mazda [=787B=]: The only Japanese and rotary-engined car to win the race so far. Instantly recognizable with its green-orange livery and its ear-piercingly loud engine noise, it is seen as an object of national sport pride in Japan.
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