The Alley

One Amazing Test Session

Michelin places a tire engineer with every one of its partner teams at Le Mans to gain technical measures, insights and performance data for use in developing tires for consumers. With a wide variety of cars running at the same time on the same track in the same conditions, Le Mans provides a tremendous amount of data and helps support one of Michelin’s top objectives in motorsports, “race to learn.” Michelin has 21...

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Track Length

The Circuit La Sarthe is 13.629 km (8.469 mi) long with 38 total turns. The record for fastest lap is 3:19.074, held by Loïc Duval of LMP1 team Peugeot 908 HDi FAP in 2010. Duval set the best time on the recent Le Mans Test Day with a 3:22.50 clocking aboard the #2 Audi R18 e-tron...

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International Line-Up

The 168 drivers in the starting line-up for the 24 Hour race hail from 30 different countries. Audi’s defending champions; Andre Lotterer of Germany, Marcel Fassler of Switzerland and Benoit Treluyer of France provide a sense of the international flavor of the event. European drivers hail from Denmark, Great Britain, Spain, Austria, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Ireland, and...

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90 Years and Counting

Held annually near Le Mans, France, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world’s premier endurance sports car race. Le Mans celebrates its 90th anniversary in 2013. The first Le Mans race was held in 1923. The race was won by Andre’ Lagache and Rene’ Leonard of France driving a Chenard et Walcker Sport fitted with MICHELIN® tires. They completed the race at an average speed of more than 90 kph (55 mph) around the original...

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Nissan to launch electric Le Mans challenger

Nissan is set to unveil their new Garage 56 entry for the Le Mans 24 Hour next Friday at Circuit de la Sarthe. The Japanese manufacturer joined forces with DeltaWing Racing to shock the racing community last year but have now turned their attentions to “electrifying” Le Mans with a new “Garage 56” challenger. The new car will be unveiled next Friday, June 21 at 10:30am in the Le Mans Village. With fans getting...

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New Porsche P1 car hits the track

The new Porsche LMP1 sports prototype, which will compete in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans from 2014 has hit the track for the first time. Former Le Mans winner Timo Bernhard was given the honor of shaking down the new car at the Porsche test track in Weissach, Germany. The entire Porsche board was on hand to see the car return to Le Mans as an official factory team. Since the decision in mid-2011...

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