THE 24 Hours of LeMans Thread!

Discussion in 'Motorsports' started by rabbitl1, Jun 14, 2006.

  1. Ingolstadt, 20 June 2006

    Facts about Audi�s historical Le Mans victory

    First victory for a diesel engine at Le Mans
    New distance record for the current circuit layout
    Up to 16 laps with a tank of Shell V-Power Diesel

    "Veni, Vidi, TDI.� "Super Diesel.� "New motorsport era.� The first triumph for a diesel engine at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans dominated newspaper headlines worldwide. By winning with the new Audi R10 TDI on its Le Mans d�but, AUDI AG has opened an important new chapter in motorsport history.

    Facts and figures concerning the victory at Le Mans:

    It was the 74th running of the race, which was held for the first time in 1923.

    The race winning car with the number 8 completed 380 laps in the 24 hours � one lap more than the previous record set in 2004 around the current circuit layout.

    380 laps is the equivalent of 5,187 kilometres or almost the entire distance of every Formula 1 race in a season.

    Including qualifying, warm-up and the information laps before the race the engine in the winning car reeled off 469 laps (6,402 kilometres) during the Le Mans week � an impressive proof of the reliability of the new power plant, which has an aluminium cylinder block.

    The winning car�s average speed over the entire distance was 215.409 kph.

    Thanks to the economical Audi V12 TDI engine, the Audi drivers only had to pit for refuelling once every 14 laps. The winning car used only approximately 41 litres of Shell V-Power Diesel per 100 kilometres � for a race engine producing more than 650 hp and more than 1100 Newton metre torque and extremely low figure.

    In the closing laps of the race the Audi drivers even completed as many as 16 laps on a single tank of fuel. Tom Kristensen was the first driver to achieve this.

    The V12 TDI engine�s gear-shift rev threshold is at the unusually low level of 5000 revolutions per minute for a race engine.

    The winning car made only 27 pit stops during the 24:04:47.325 hours. The car only made two unscheduled pit stops: once to change the gear-cluster in the gearbox (03:47 a.m.), and once due to a slow puncture (04:23 a.m.).

    Thanks to Audi Sport�s revolutionary new gearbox concept the gear-cluster change required a mere 9:50 minutes � including refuelling and change of tyres.

    The triumphant Audi R10 TDI with the number 8 spent less than 30 minutes in the pits during the entire race.

    The triumphant Audi R10 TDI has the chassis number 102. It is the same car with which Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro and Marco Werner started the 12-hour race at Sebring in March.

    Tom Kristensen set the fastest race lap in the fifth hour (lap 65) in 3m 31.211s. This represents an average speed of 232.658 kph. As a result he came within less than a second of the fastest time from qualifying.

    Dindo Capello secured pole position with a time of 3m 30.466s (average speed 233.482 kph). This was the third pole position at Le Mans for the Italian.

    Exactly 200 days lay between the roll-out of the new Audi R10 TDI on 29 November at Misano (Italy) and the start of the race at Le Mans.

    Audi Sport completed 30,000 test kilometres with the R10 TDI before the start at Le Mans. The V12 TDI ran for an additional 1,500 hours on the engine dynamometers.

    The responsible team members, including Head of Motorsport Dr Wolfgang Ullrich stood awake for the entire duration of the race. When the cars crossed the finish line of Sunday at 17:00 they had already been awake for 34 hours.

    97 employees were in action for Audi Sport Team Joest during the race at Le Mans.

    Audi lies in fourth place in the all-time best list with six victories from only eight Le Mans starts.

    Reinhold Joest�s team celebrated its eighth win and is, as a result, the most successful in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours.

    For Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro it was the fourth victory at Le Mans. Only Tom Kristensen (seven), Jacky Ickx (six) and Derek Bell (five) have more wins. It was the second successive Le Mans win for Marco Werner.

    A car with start number 8 only won for the fourth time in Le Mans.
  2. #202 bob777, Jun 20, 2006
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    Those pics are incredible! You took better pics then most of the Media guys.

    The GM guy took 68 pictures of the C6-R's at LeMans and only about 15 of the pics were any good IMO.

    Hey Rabbit, I was looking through The Dude's pics and I noticed in these 2 pics the Astons had some kind of rod sticking out of the hood. What is that?
  3. I hope a Honda Hybrid car would be competitive with the desiels.
  4. The media guys have a different goal though. They need to show the car in pristine order and in full focus for the sponsors. I on the other hand only have to worry about what I like.

    It's a (wind speed?) sensor, used only in qualifying to gather additional data. It is probably so high up to be in clear air.
  5. The SLR would not be legal because it's supercharged engine is too big. The maximum allowance for a forced induction engine in GT1 is 4.0 liters.

    The F50 GT1 would lose terribly. An MC12 runs laps around it, and the Vettes and Astons outrun the MC12 pretty easily.

    Honda is coming into the ALMS under the Acura name next year supplying LMP2 engines.
  6. I wouldn't count on it. Hybrid is a heavy technology. Panoz made a hybrid version of their GTR-1 race car in 1998 with what was essentially a much simpler version of what honda or toyota offer now. It never stood a chance from the very beginning since it weighed hundreds of pounds more then the opposition. Besides, diesel power offers much of the same fuel saving properties that hybrid does.
  7. Yea, it's a wind speed sensor. quite a few of the cars carry them at some point or another.
  8. Cool pic of all 3 Vettes.
  9. Great pics man! Im dissapointed I still can't find a picture of the LNT Panoz crossing the finish line with the checkered flag. I saw one on the ALMS site, but it was tiny.
  10. I know about sparky, but there are many things are different. Battery, motor and control technologies have improved consederably. Also Honda has the money and will want to advertise hybrids as an alternative to desiels. They have the money, resources, and will.

    Desiels wieght more than a gasoline engine. The wieght is not a problem enough money could not fix.

    Where do you get this information that diesels will save more fuel. I think that a proper regen braking systems will decimate a diesel. A diesel engine saves fuel during part throttle conditions, not something that happens alot during a race. So diesels only are a marginal improvement. But a hybrid with regen braking could be gaining energy during braking then using that to accelerate, either to acceerate faster or to save fuel.

    If hybrids get the wieght problem solved and get better regen brakes, they could easily be competitive with diesels.
  11. A few more C6-R pics
  12. I just downloaded them all myself. I love that one of all 3 vettes in the pits.
  13. ok true enough. I knew Acura was coming to LMP2, i just wanted to see like a Honda in GT1 or something, like they use to have that Supra some odd years ago..if that was a "GTS" car
  14. #214 mclaren777, Jun 20, 2006
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  15. I wish I could get Speed, #$%#ing cable rates so high where I live.
  16. awesome pic w/ the three vettes chris<A BORDER="0" HREF=""><IMG BORDER="0" SRC="pitlane/emoticons/smile.gif"></A>
  17. MG won its class at Le Mans for the second year on the trot

    The MG-Lola AER EX264 triumphed in the LMP2 category for lightweight prototypes, and featured Brits Andy Wallace and Mike Newton on the driving force. It wasn’t without its problems, though. A couple of hours from the finish, it had to go into the garage for repairs after battery troubles. But it only lost four laps of its 16-lap advantage over the second-placed car and took an easy victory, finishing ninth. “I’m absolutely delighted,” said sportscar veteran Wallace
  18. Aston Martin at Le Mans
    What a difference a day makes

    It may well be just twenty four little hours but it�s an awfully long time in the ferociously competitive arena of sports car racing. And due to a clash of dates, Aston Martin found themselves racing two DBR9s at Le Mans and a production V8 Vantage at the N�rburgring on the same weekend, the latter driven by a multi-driver team that included the company�s CEO, Dr Ulrich Bez.

    The two Aston Martin Racing works cars at Le Mans were the spearhead of a four-car Aston entry. Wearing the familiar light metallic Aston racing green, with the rare honour of also carrying special race numbers (�007� and �009�) the two regular ALMS (American Le Mans Series) cars were driven by Pedro Lamy/Stephane Ortelli/Stephane Sarrazin, and Tomas Enge/Darren Turner/Andrea Piccini. In addition there were two other DBR9s in GT1 entered by BMS Scuderia Italia (Gollin/Babini/Pescatori) and Russian Age Racing/Team Modena (D.Brabham/Piquet Jnr./Garcia) as super-quick back-up to hold off the two yellow Corvettes most likely to challenge for the class win.

    2005 was the debut year for the team and resulted in the two works cars just failing to beat their American arch-rivals on a blisteringly hot Sunday morning. 2006 was hot, but not as bad as before and the cars had been extensively tested and improved, as well as raced several times in ALMS in the US. Proceedings went well in qualifying with a dominant performance by the Czech driver Tomas Enge in 007 just heading Sarrazin in 009. The two privateers were handily placed a few slots lower on the grid.

    Come the start at five o�clock, it was battle royal between the two Aston Martin Racing cars and the yellow Corvettes � a tussle that was to last until lunchtime the following day. Drama struck after just a handful of laps as an accident to the BMS Scuderia Italia DBR9 (spinning on oil and sustaining too much damage to be repaired) meant a Safety Car period that saw the 007 car pit and in the process damage an oil pipe on a high kerb.

    007�s driver, Darren Turner, explains �I�d been having radio problems and only heard the instruction to pit after I�d passed the pitlane entrance. I then crossed the kerbs to get into the pitlane, and that damaged the sump. It�s very frustrating, but it�s still early in the race and anything can happen.�

    Come late evening and the order had settled into a Corvette first in class with 009 applying constant pressure ahead of the other American car, all on the same lap or so after six hours of racing. At 2300 hours 009 was in tenth pace overall, just 26 seconds behind the class leader, while the No.62 Russian Age Aston Martin DBR9 was third, two laps in arrears.

    As always at Le Mans the cooler night time racing really allows the professional drivers to get the hammer down and by 0500 hours number 009 was now in the lead by virtue of some very quick lappery by ex-F1 driver Pedro Lamy. 007 had suffered from a puncture but was 5th in GT1 (+ 6 laps), 10th overall, a position improving to 3rd in GT1 (+ 6 laps) and 7th overall come 0800 hours.

    By late-morning some clever use of a Safety Car period meant that 009 now had almost a whole lap on the pursuing Nr. 64 Corvette and it looked, with just a few hours to go, as if Aston Martin would take the win.

    However with just four hours remaining, disaster struck with 009 suffering clutch failure while Ortelli was behind the wheel, resulting in the car losing 45 minutes in the pit garage while a new clutch assembly was installed. It rejoined the race in fourth place in GT1, 11 laps behind the leader and unless the yellow cars suffered a similarly serious problem it was game over for another year.

    They didn�t, so at the finish it was 2nd in GT1 (+ 5 laps), 6th overall, having completed 350 laps for 007, and 5th in GT1 (+14 laps), 10th overall, on 341 laps for 009. There was also a strong performance by the gunmetal grey Team Modena DBR9. The David Brabham, Nelson Piquet and Antonio Garcia car finished ninth overall and fourth in GT1.

    The second-placed drivers were philosophical about the result �

    Tomas Enge: �We could have won this race, so I don�t get any satisfaction from finishing second. I�m proud of my qualifying record here, but it�s only the race that counts. We came here to win.�

    Darren Turner: �It�s good to have got the car to the end of the race and to be on the podium. But what happened at the start was a big disappointment and we were always playing catch-up from there.�

    Andrea Piccini: �It feels good to finish my first Le Mans 24 Hours on the podium. Le Mans is Le Mans, and it was already great to be here with Aston Martin Racing. To be on the podium feels great.�

    David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin Racing: �We have a sense of d�j� vu about this result. For the second year in a row we�ve had the speed to win the race, but not for 24 hours. We�re disappointed, but it will be only few days before we start looking ahead to next year�s race.�

    And final word goes to Pedro Lamy, who for so long looked a likely winner: �We were leading for a long time and it was a real shame that we had the problem with the clutch. We knew then that we could not win, which was very frustrating. In a 24-hour race, sometimes you are lucky and sometimes you are not.

    We were unlucky.�
  19. no one cares about Aston Martin

    2nd place = 1st loser
  20. At LeMans, yes, you're right. There's no championship, no constructor points, only a winner. If you're not the winner, your race is a failure.
  21. I disagree, I think it's very nice if a team completes the race with a decent placement.
  22. To even finish the race is an accomplishment IMO.

    But in the History books it will always say "Corvette Beats Aston".
  23. you dont race for 24 hour straight and not expect to win. if it were a typical 2 hour 45 minute race it really wouldnt matter much but the time and effort put into this 1 day makes winning the only thing
  24. what u mean noone cares about Aston Martin? Their like the only team that has a good chance of beating the Corvettes? Im pretty sure alot people like the DBR9's and want them to finally beat corvette racing. One of the biggest rivalries in motorsports is the rivalry between Corvette and Aston Martin.
  25. Why is he posting a press release from the loser and not from the winner? Its far more impressive that Corvette can has won the 24 hours in 2001, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006. it might be a rivalry to some but lets face it, its just a continued slaughter of Aston Martin by Corvettes. AM beat Corvette in their first race and has not won since.

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