The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a veritable bottomless pit of history, data, statistics and trivia. Therefore, in Engine.is we wanted to gather some key data for understanding the 84th edition of the test, know the best historical records and records the path. As a bonus we also review over the role of Spanish in the the’race of races’.
84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
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- The current LMP1-hybrid reach 1000 HP of power. Audi has equipped a V6 engine diesel, Porsche engine of four-cylinder gasoline engine and Toyota is a gasoline V6.
- The minimum weight of a LMP1 is 875 kg. The average weight of the riders is 80 kilos.
- In this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will compete two Spanish riders: Roberto Merhi (LMP2) and Antonio Garcia (GTE-Pro).
- LMP2 played their last edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans under the current rules. In 2017 will be banned models with open body.
- In GTE-Pro occurs return of Ford. The signature return to Le Mans with four Ford GT in the 50th anniversary of their last vitoria.
- The other big novelty in GTE-Pro is the new Ferrari 488 GTE. The rest of vehicles of the category have just been updated.
- Without the presence of Patrick Dempsey as a pilot (whether as an owner of a team), the most famous face in the grill of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is Fabien Barthez, a former international goalkeeper with France.
- In the Box 56 will compete also French Frédéric Sausset. This pilot dispute the test with an LMP2 adapted to his disability after losing all four limbs by a septicemia, necrotizing.
historical Records of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
- The first edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was played at 1923.
- Since its creation, it has only been cancelled on 10 occasions (1936 and period between 1940-1948).
- 251,815 km/h was the average speed, highest in a return to Le Mans. The got Hans-Joachim Stuck in 1985 with the Porsche 962 during qualifying.
- The highest speed achieved at Le Mans is 405 km/h. Was Roger Dorchy in a WM P88 in 1988.
- With 60 participants, this edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most massive. The same number of cars competed in 1950, 1951, 1953 and 1955.
- In the year 1930, only 17 participants cars competed in Le Mans, being the edition with less enrollment.
- The final tight of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was in 1966. Only 20 meters separated the Ford and McLaren protagonists of the race.
- The biggest difference between the first and the second occurs in 1927. The distance was about 350 miles.
- The best historical outcome of a mark, the signature Porsche. In 1983, eight Porsche finished in the top eight positions.
- The fastest lap in Le Mans marked André Lotterer with the Audi R18 in 2015 (3:17.475)
- The pole faster in the 24 Hours of Le Mans marked Pedro Rodriguez (3:13.9)
- The longest distance in the race was achieved in 2010 after 397 laps. The total distance was 5410,713 kilómetros.
- The country with most pilots in the Le Mans 24 Hours has been France (1.174). We are still Great Britain (627) and the united States (349).
- 130 pilots have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 3.343 pilots have participated in Le Mans.
- The only Formula 1 drivers that have won at Le Mans have been Phil Hill (3), Graham Hill (1), Jochen Rindt (1) and Mike Hawthom (1).
Ephemeris of drivers, teams and brands
- The rider with most victories at Le Mans is Tom Kristensen, with nine victories. We follow Jacky Ickx with six wins.
- Derek Bell is the rider with most pole positions in Le Mans after adding 7 in his career. Five were Jacky Ickx and Jean-Pierre Larrousse.
- Porsche is the manufacturer with the most wins in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with 17 wins. Audi is in 13 victories.
- The pilot who most often competed at Le Mans has been Henri Pescarolo (33), ten of them with his team.
- Porsche has put in competition 779 cars. This number is computed with official cars and private.
- The youngest winner in Le Mans is Alexander Wurz (22 years and 4 months) after his victory in 1996.
- The pilot, more veteran to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans is Luigi Chinetti (47 years and 11 months).
- The brand of tires with more entries is Dunlop (279). We still Michelin (217) and Goodyear (183).
- Dunlop accumulated 34 wins by the 14 of Goodyear and the 9 Michelin.
Spain in the 24 Hours of Le Mans
- 42 Spanish riders have taken part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
- The only Spanish rider who has achieved an outright victory at Le Mans has been Marc Gené (2009).
- The flag of Spain has gone up to podium of Le Mans on six occasions. These podiums are divided between Marc Gené (4), Juan Jover (1), and Jesus Couple (1).
- Lucas Ordoñez has stood on the podium on two occasions in LMP2 (2011 and 2013).
- Jordi Gené finished fifth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2001, winning the category LMP675.
- Another Spanish victory at Le Mans is Fermín Vélez. He won in 1998 in the category of LMPS with a Ferrari 333 SP and in 1987 in C2 with a Porsche 956B.
- Juan Jover and Paco Godía signed one of the best results of Spain with a doublet in the category of 3.0 liters. Competed with a Delage D6S-3L, and were 2nd and 4th absolute.
- Antonio Garcia has joined 3 wins in GT (two in GT1 and one in GTE-Pro).
- Spanish riders with the most participations are Jesus Couple (13), Antonio Garcia (9), Marc Gené (8) and Tomas Saldaña (7). This last is a current commentator on Eurosport.