87th 24 Hours of Le Mans race will START on Saturday 15th June at 15:00 Le Mans local time.
- Opened: 1923
- Length: 13.626 km (8.469 mi)
- Turns: 38
- Race lap record: André Lotterer / Audi Sport Team Joest / LMP1 / 3:17.475 / 2015 /
Full list of Teams and Drivers to race in 2018 24H Le Mans race here
List of all Le Mans winners for all the time here
Just to know – compare 1920th and modern distance record. As twice as fast!
1928 Lap record: 8:07
2010 Lap record: 3:17.475
some of 24 Le Mans facts:
- 1923: First edition of the “24 Heures du Mans”
- 1930: Bentley wins for the 5th time, this is the saga of the “Bentley Boys”
- 1949: Luigi Chinetti wins the event with Ferrari
- 1955: A dreadful accident in the first hours of the race causing the death of 80 people
- 1967: The “Race of the Century”, 300,000 spectators throng to attend the fight of the duel Ford against Ferrari / Breaking through of the 5,000 km mark for the first time!
- 1970: First victory for Porsche and making of the film Le Mans with Steve McQueen
- 1971: Flying start and not standing start anymore
- 1972: Matra, Pescarolo and Graham Hill win. Hill is the only driver having won in Le Mans, in Indianapolis and being F1 world champion
- 1980: Rondeau becomes the first driver who wins in Le Mans driving his own car
- 1988: Speed record of 405 km/h by the prototype WM with a Peugeot engine
- 1991: Victory of Mazda, first and only Japanese manufacturer having won the event
- 1998: 16th and victory of Porsche. A record!
- 2002: Making of the film Michel Vaillant
- 2006: First victory of a diesel engine in Le Mans
- 2008: Tom Kristensen wins for the 8th time the event with Audi
- 2010: Lap record by the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP in 3’19”074, which means 246.463 km/h on average
- 2011: 13.85’’ difference on the finishing line between the winning Audi and the Peugeot
- 2012: A hybrid car puts its name on the list of winners: the Audi R18 e-tron quattro
- 2013: Victory of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by the Duval / Kristensen / McNish. Nb: Ninth victory of Tom Kristensen, winners recordman.