We Are Racers: Porsche and Michelin at Le Mans Video

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Every year, people come from around the world to witness the greatest spectacle in all of racing: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year’s race was one of the most eventful in recent history, ensuring fierce competition for years to come. Porsche and Michelin teamed up to bring us this inside look at the experience.

Le Mans has a special bond with Porsche. No other manufacturer has claimed as many overall wins as Porsche, not even the long dominant Audi team. The endurance car world was set ablaze when it was announced that Porsche would compete in the World Endurance Championship, against the other factory teams of Audi and Toyota. Porsche would, for once, enter Le Mans as the team with little experience compared to its competition. more

Lotus LMP1 Will Race 2015 Le Mans

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Even though the all-new Lotus P1/01 LMP1 L class car couldn't race at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, it was still the center of attention for a short while while it was being unveiled for the first time.

Due to a necessary last minute change of engine suppliers, the Lotus LMP team was ineligible to compete in the Le Mans race, much to the dismay of the team, the drivers, and Lotus fans altogether. However, the LMP drivers Christijan Albers, Christophe Bouchut, and Pierre Kaffer reconciled by uncovering the brand new P1/01 together at the Le Mans Innovation Center during race weekend last Saturday. more

Motorsports Monday: Audi Outlasts Toyota and Porsche At Le Mans

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World Endurance Championship - 24 Hours of Le Mans: The race that everyone had been waiting for did not disappoint. Fourteen years since Audi began their dominance in the event, three years since Toyota entered the fray and two years since Porsche announced this would be the year they threw their hat in the ring, Le Mans threw them all in a big pot and cooked up a classic.

But while all of those flavors sizzled and cooked in the gumbo, two of the most exciting ones eventually faded away. Porsche and Toyota both had troubles they couldn't overcome, and the indomitable force of Audi again became the main ingredient. The German factory team scored their 13 th overall Le Mans victory, moving to within three of the record (16) set by Porsche. more

Porsche and Audi Look To Add To Their Le Mans Legends

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With all the talk of Audi dominance and the long-awaited return of Porsche at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans, the final qualifying session saw the two winningest marques in race history on the outside looking in. It was, actually, Toyota that nabbed the top spot with a dominating lap of 3:21.789 on Friday.

Porsche managed a 3:22.146 to take second, but neither they nor Audi look as quick around La Sarthe as the team they’ll be following to the start line on Saturday morning. Of course, Le Mans is about a whole lot more than flat-out speed. In fact, both Porsche and Audi remain in prime position to contend for victory. Here’s why. more

Toyota Claims Pole, Aims for First Le Mans Victory
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Toyota will start on pole in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, but their main rivals at Porsche and Audi aren’t far behind. Kazuki Nakajima secured the pole position driving the No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid, with a lap time of 3:21.789.

With seven LMP1 entries from three major manufacturers, hype for the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans has been building for months. The Audi domination has been threatened by Toyota’s continued development in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series, and Porsche’s recent resurgence in the sport has raised the bar even higher. more

Nissan GT-R LM NISMO Enters 2015 WEC Season
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Nissan announced their plans to return to the pinnacle of endurance racing, the LMP1 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Their new vehicle, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, is scheduled to compete in the 2015 season.

Nissan marked their return to the top form of sports car racing with a name synonymous to sports cars, GT-R. The GT-R badge has earned its reputation through decades of racing and road car experience, and the simple three letter name conjures up the impressions of Nissan’s fastest vehicles. more

Toyota TS040 Hybrid Debuts For Le Mans Showdown
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The Toyota Racing TS040 Hybrid, the company’s newest endurance racing prototype, will put out 1,000 total system horsepower through its advanced hybrid system. The TS040 Hybrid will compete in the 2014 World Endurance Championship, including the famed 24 Hours of Le Mans.

At the heart of the TS040 sits a 3.7 liter V8 engine with over 500 horsepower. Electric hybrid systems feed additional power to all four wheels, bringing total system output to around 1,000 horsepower. more

SRT Viper Withdraws Le Mans Entry
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Both factory SRT Motorsports Viper GTS-Rs have been withdrawn from the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans. Instead of participating in the famed endurance race, the team says they will be focusing on their efforts in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.

“We regretfully and respectfully decline to participate in this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC. “We are honored to once again be invited by the ACO to compete in this historic event, and they were the first to be informed of our decision. We will remain focused on our North American racing program in 2014.” more

2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Fitted With Laser Headlights
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When it hits racetracks for the first time next month, the 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro prototype will be a technological marvel. We already outlined some of the impressive upgrades that Audi have made to their Le Mans winner, but yesterday they revealed something else that is sure to stir up the racing faithful: freaking lasers.

That’s right, the 2014 R18 will use laser beams in the headlights to cut through the dark of night. Audi has installed a blue laser that backlights a yellow crystal lens that emits the beam. The main headlight is still an LED system, but expect the Audi R18 to sport a distinctly different look when its charging down the Mulsanne Straight this year. Here’s the kicker, though: It’s coming to production cars. more

2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Details Released
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Audi has released information on their historically dominant Le Mans Prototype, the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro. The 2014 model has been further refined from the previous year's model, and has been given a new, darker livery than before.

The 2014 Audi R18 e-tron quattro improves on Audi's race proven R18 chassis, which has been immensely successful in one of the most important series of motorsport now known as the World Endurance Championship. In what has been the most successful prototype campaigns since Porsche's Le Mans dominance, minor changes have been made to keep the R18 competitive in the upcoming 2014 season. more

Porsche Tests Four-Cylinder Hybrid LMP1 To Prep For Le Mans
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Just days after completing its initial testing in Portugal, Porsche has revealed that its LMP1 racecar that will compete in the upcoming 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 2014 WEC season is powered by a hybrid four-cylinder powertrain.

Does that mean that the engine will rely more on the hybrid system than the engine? Does it mean the Porsche LMP1 will be slower than its competition in the name of fewer pit stops? We don’t know yet, but it’s becoming clear that this will definitely be a season to watch. more

Porsche LMP1 Racer Now Testing For 2014 Season
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The most exciting entry in next year’s 24 Hour of Le Mans continues making progress, as the Porsche LMP1 racecar has begun vigorous testing at the automaker’s official track. Porsche is still vague about the details, and the design, but the progress being made is undeniable.

Still draped in heavy camouflage, the Porsche LMP1 still looks like its undergone some design changes since the last time we saw it. The car has slimmed down, sharpened on the corners, and Porsche hints at very advanced technology that could catapult them into top contention with the likes of Audi and Toyota. more

Bentley Mulsanne Le Mans Edition to Debut at Pebble Beach
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Bentley will commemorate the 90th Anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Le Mans Limited Edition Mulsanne. The Le Mans Edition Mulsanne will make its debut at Pebble Beach during the Monterey Classic Car Week.

The Bentley Mulsanne is the latest car to receive the Le Mans Edition specifications. Bentley Le Mans Edition design features diamond quilted seats and door panels, drilled metal pedals, sport suspension and steering, quad exhaust pipes, and dark five spoke wheels. The Le Mans Editions are inspired by Bentley's six Le Mans wins. more

Bugatti Commemorates Its Heroes with Legend Edition Veyron GSV
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In appreciation of all those who inspired and influenced Bugatti, the automaker is commemorating those people with a handful of "Les Legendes de Bugatti" exclusive editions. 

The first name that comes to mind when thinking about Bugatti's history is none other than Jean-Pierre Wimille. He's not only an inspiration to Bugatti, but to the racing community at large. Over the course of his career he won two 24 Hour Le Mans races for Bugatti, and it is for this reason that the first of the special edition Bugattis will be in his honor. The Bugatti Legend "Jean-Pierre Wimille", which is based on Wimille's winning Bugatti 57G Tank in 1937, will make its world debut at Pebble Beach in August. more