Le Mans 24 Hours
The Le Mans 24 Hours was held in Le Mans, France for the first time in 1923, and thereafter every June (1936, 1940 to the end of 1948), usually from 4 am on the first day. At the beginning, it continued until 4 pm the next day, lasting 24 hours, and the schedule was about 5,000 kilometers. Unlike other events, the Le Mans Endurance Race is more focused on speed and endurance racing within 24 hours, which is a huge test for the power and durability of the vehicle.
The Le Mans circuit is a circular runway with a total length of 13.5 km. The asphalt and concrete roads are closed by highways and block roads with an average speed of over 200 km/h. There is a straight road about 6 kilometers long on the track. The speed of the car can reach 390 kilometers per hour on this straight road. In the 24-hour race, the drivers have to drive at this high speed for 6 hours on the straight road. Performance and rider's endurance are great tests.
In the race, each car is equipped with 3 drivers, driving and resting in turn. Each driver can drive for no more than 4 hours, and the total driving time of the main driver is no more than 14 hours. All refueling, tyre change and repair times are included in the 24 hours, and the car with the most mileage last wins.
There are four types of Le Mans endurance race cars, namely LMP, LMPGTP, LMGTS, LMGT, and different types of racing cars of different displacements and different groups. The LMP class is a car designed for the Le Mans circuit and the 24-hour endurance race. It is called LEMANS PROTOTYPE (LMP) and is divided into LMP 900 and LMP 675. The main difference is that The weight of the car must not be less than 900 kg and 675 kg. The Audi R8, which won the Le Mans championship four times in five years, belongs to the LMP900.
In the World Endurance Championships, the Le Mans 24 Hours offers drivers three times the number of other championships, attracting world-renowned car manufacturers and racing enthusiasts. Most of the audience came to watch with camping cars or tents. The 30 large parking lots next to the stadium were filled with about 100,000 cars in each competition. The number of visitors in the 1971 competition reached 300,000.