As Level 5 Motorsports prepares to return to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, we are taking an in-depth look at the preparation. This installment in our series breaks down the numbers to give you an idea of just how much equipment is required to...
LE MANS, FRANCE -- The 24 Hours of Le Mans is considered to be the ultimate test of man and machine, and for Level 5 Motorsports, that means being fully prepared for the task at hand. Earlier this month, the three-time American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón champions arrived in France for the nearly four-week-long trip, which culminates with this weekend’s running of the world’s greatest endurance race.
This year’s race will mark the team’s third attempt at Le Mans, following a podium finish in its debut in 2011. Level 5 is one of six American teams in the entire 56-car field and the only U.S.-based prototype team. There are a class-high 22 entries competing in LMP2, with Level 5 being the only HPD chassis or Honda-powered car. The same HPD ARX-03b package won last year’s race.
Take a look at some other key numbers and statistics behind Level 5’s effort for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
FREIGHT: More than 30,000 pounds (15 tons) of equipment air freighted, including 2 Honda Performance Development ARX-03b race cars and multiple sets of spares; Delivered via ground transport on 3 curtain-side tractor trailers
PERSONNEL: 34 crew members, 7 vendors, 3 drivers and a massage therapist; 46 guests
ACCOMMODATIONS: 552 room nights; 28-room chateau for drivers and guests and 2 American-style motorhomes for drivers at track
MEALS: 901 catered meals from Vanessa’s Hospitality Service
SUPPLIES: 170 cases of drinks; 327 pounds of fresh fruit; 1,600 coffee capsules and cups; 3,000 hats for giveaway at drivers parade
CAR MILEAGE: Appx. 4,800 miles for entire event; including appx. 3,000 miles (360 laps) during race
FUEL: Appx. 950 gallons between test day and race week, including 650 gallons during race; Average fuel consumption: 4.5 mpg
TIRES: 24 sets total (not including wets); 8 sets for test day; 11 sets for race
PIT STOPS: Appx. 32 during race, totaling appx. 45 minutes in pits; 8 driver changes; 3 sets of brakes
OIL: 4 gallons of replenishment during 24-hour race
GEAR CHANGES: Appx. 21,240 during race; 60 per lap
TOP SPEED: 185.3 mph
MIN SPEED: 49.5 mph
FULL THROTTLE: 2 minutes and 54 seconds out of a 3-minute and 41-second lap (75% of lap)
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