History UsefulNotes / TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans

14th May '18 10:18:48 PM danlansdowne
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* The Ford [=GT40=], which the modern Ford GT is based on. Designed by Carrol Shelby to compete with the Ferraris. Two one-two victories. Designed by recently-deceased Carrol Shelby, who is better known for the Shelby brand of performance muscle cars. [[{{Zeerust}} The Mk1 still looks pretty futuristic for a 1960s car, even for today, ]] while the other three versions look more generic.

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* The Ford [=GT40=], which the modern Ford GT is based on. Designed by Carrol Carroll Shelby, better known for the Shelby brand of performance muscle cars, to compete with the Ferraris.Ferrari P cars (see below). Two one-two victories. Designed by recently-deceased Carrol Shelby, who is better known for the Shelby brand of performance muscle cars. [[{{Zeerust}} The Mk1 still looks pretty futuristic for a 1960s car, even for today, ]] today,]] while the other three versions look more generic.
12th May '18 4:44:32 AM AB
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* Ferrari P cars: The cars which the [=GT40=] was developed to compete against.
* Porsche 917/936/956/962: The cars that dominated the period between the Ford/Ferrari rivalry and the establishment of Group C, winning 12 races from 1970-1987.

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* Ferrari P cars: The cars which the [=GT40=] was developed to compete against.
against. The 1967 Ferrari P3/4 is often named as the prettiest racing car ever built, though it did not win the race and neither did it's successors. Ferrari's last overall win still stands as the 1965 race.
* Porsche 917/936/956/962: 917/936/935/956/962: The cars that dominated the period between the Ford/Ferrari rivalry and the establishment first half of the Group C, C era, winning 12 races from 1970-1987.1970-1987. The 917 was the ShortLivedBigImpact car, being the first car to break 240 mph on the Mulsanne straight and winning the race twice (though neither time for the "factory" team entry) before rule changes outlawed it and it's Ferrari 512 rival. The 936 was an open-top successor based around the 917 design and won the race twice. The concurrent 935 was a highly pumped-up variant of the 911 road car designed more for silhouette GT racing but it won overall in 1979. The Group C 956/962 won six straight (1982-1987), helped by a huge number of privateer entries racing the official Porsche team meaning the car dominated the starting grid.
6th May '18 1:20:32 AM JumboJ99
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) is a twenty-four-hour [[MarathonLevel endurance race]] held at the Circuit de la Sarthe, better known as Le Mans. Currently part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it is part of the "Triple Crown of Racing" with the UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Grand Prix of Monaco and the [[UsefulNotes/IndyCar Indy 500]].

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans (French: 24 Heures du Mans) is a twenty-four-hour [[MarathonLevel endurance race]] held at the Circuit de la Sarthe, better known as Le Mans. Currently part of the FIA World Endurance Championship, it is part of the "Triple Crown of Racing" with Motorsport" which includes the race as well as the UsefulNotes/FormulaOne Monaco Grand Prix of Monaco and the [[UsefulNotes/IndyCar Indy Indianapolis 500]].
20th Feb '18 10:13:14 PM Dallenson
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* ''VideoGame/ProjectCARS'' features LMP 2 and LMP 1 both with real cars and {{OriginalCharacter}}s designed by the WMD Community underneath the fictional monikers of RWD and Marek. There is also a Prototype 1 and 2 class featuring cars such as such as the Radical SR-3/SR-8 or the Caterham SP/300.R, there are also historic classes such as the LMP 900 that features cars such as the Bentley Speed 8 or the GR.C class that features the Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz as mentioned above. There is an actual UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans you can get invited to in the career but even at 1% time progression, it will take you upwards of ''two hours''. The game suggest streaming if you plan on a whole twenty four hour race.

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* ''VideoGame/ProjectCARS'' features LMP 2 and LMP 1 both with real cars and {{OriginalCharacter}}s designed by the WMD Community underneath the fictional monikers of RWD and Marek. There is also a Prototype 1 and 2 class featuring cars such as such as the Radical SR-3/SR-8 or the Caterham SP/300.R, there are also historic classes such as the LMP 900 that features cars such as the Bentley Speed 8 or the GR.C class that features the Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz as mentioned above. There is an actual UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans you can get invited to in the career but even at 1% time progression, it will take you upwards of ''two hours''. The game suggest suggests streaming if you plan on a whole twenty four hour race.
20th Feb '18 10:12:28 PM Dallenson
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* ''VideoGame/ProjectCARS'' features LMP 2 and LMP 1 with some real cars and some are [[OriginalCharacter Original Characters]] designed by the WMD Community underneath the fictional monikers of RWD and Marek. There is also a Prototype 1 and 2 class featuring cars such as such as the Radical SR-3/SR-8 or the Caterham SP/300.R, there are also historic classes such as the LMP 900 that features cars such as the Bentley Speed 8 or the GR.C class that features the Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz as mentioned above. There is an actual UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans you can get invited to in the career but even at 1% time progression, it will take you upwards of ''two hours''. The game suggest streaming if you plan on a whole twenty four hour race.

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* ''VideoGame/ProjectCARS'' features LMP 2 and LMP 1 both with some real cars and some are [[OriginalCharacter Original Characters]] {{OriginalCharacter}}s designed by the WMD Community underneath the fictional monikers of RWD and Marek. There is also a Prototype 1 and 2 class featuring cars such as such as the Radical SR-3/SR-8 or the Caterham SP/300.R, there are also historic classes such as the LMP 900 that features cars such as the Bentley Speed 8 or the GR.C class that features the Sauber C9 Mercedes-Benz as mentioned above. There is an actual UsefulNotes/TwentyFourHoursOfLeMans you can get invited to in the career but even at 1% time progression, it will take you upwards of ''two hours''. The game suggest streaming if you plan on a whole twenty four hour race.
25th Jan '18 11:00:05 PM lakingsif
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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. 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]].
Creator/PatrickDempsey.
24th Nov '17 11:16:07 AM nombretomado
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** The [=LMP1=] class is where the factories (such as Audi and Toyota) and richer private teams compete. The factory cars are at least as technologically advanced as FormulaOne cars, as they both feature energy recovery systems and complex aerodynamics.

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** The [=LMP1=] class is where the factories (such as Audi and Toyota) and richer private teams compete. The factory cars are at least as technologically advanced as FormulaOne UsefulNotes/FormulaOne cars, as they both feature energy recovery systems and complex aerodynamics.
28th May '17 7:36:28 AM Nick98
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** Jaguar XJR-9: the car that famously humiliated its turbocharged competition by winning the 1988 edition of the race.



* [=McLaren F1=] GTR: the racing variant of what was at the time the fastest road car in the world, it famously won the 1995 edition of the race [[DavidVersusGoliath defeating actual purpose-built prototypes]].



** 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.

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** The second-place streak was tragically continued in 2016, with the [=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.
26th Feb '17 4:34:17 AM jamespolk
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* In the film ''Film/AManAndAWoman'', Jean-Louis is a race car driver who suffers a serious wreck at Le Mans.
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:
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