Le Mans News

How a Garage 56 car could look
Garage 56 NASCAR entry tests at VIR
Sospiri's favourite car: The GT-One
Albuquerque wants Acura at Le Mans
How the Ferrari 499P was designed

OPINION: Cars outside the Le Mans 24 Hours class structure are permitted to enter in Garage 56 by the ACO, and several interesting ideas have graced the world-famous endurance race as a result. Our resident Engineering supplement columnist gets imaginative.

The first version of the Hendrick Motorsports-built Le Mans 24 Hours Garage 56 entry wrapped up two days of testing Tuesday at Virginia International Raceway.

Toyota’s GT-One was described as “the ultimate fast failure”, but such was its impact on Vincenzo Sospiri that he picks it as his favourite car.

Filipe Albuquerque says “it hurts” knowing he will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with an LMP2 car when Acura has an LMDh eligible for the top class. 

Ferrari has launched its new Le Mans Hypercar that will take the Italian manufacturer back to the pinnacle of sportscar racing in next year’s World Endurance Championship.

Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

The teenage Le Mans record-breaker who could start a new trend

After becoming the youngest-ever driver to start the Le Mans 24 Hours, 16-year-old Josh Pierson's name has much more visibility than if he had continued on the ladder to IndyCar. And having won on his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring earlier this year, the teenage LMP2 racer has a bright future ahead of him which may give others cause to follow in his footsteps.

Cadillac targets three LMDh entries at 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours

Cadillac has signalled an intent to have three of its new V-LMDh prototypes on the grid at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. 

Le Mans class winner Maxime Martin to leave Aston Martin

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Maxime Martin will leave Aston Martin at the end of the year.

Three all-new Porsche v Ferrari blockbusters

OPINION: Forget the movie Ford v Ferrari, there’s going to be an imminent remake of Porsche v Ferrari – only it’s not going to be on the silver screen but on the racetracks of the world… and the stock market.

Jimmie Johnson retires from full-time racing

Seven-time NASCAR champion and IndyCar sophomore Jimmie Johnson has announced he is to step down from full-time racing in 2023.

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Prime

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, are arguably the greatest sportscars of all time.

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad.

The Porsche "twins" who usurped Audi's best

In a long career as a Porsche factory driver that yielded success in prototypes and GT cars on both sides of the Atlantic, Timo Bernhard was frequently paired up with Romain Dumas. Together, the pair were a near unstoppable force and were no less potent when they were loaned as a package to Audi

Habsburg plans first fan-owned sportscar team in WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Ferdinand Habsburg has launched plans for what he is calling the first fan-owned and run sportscar team for next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

Le Mans Full Access: Episode 3
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 3

The preparations are over for the world’s biggest endurance race, as the highs and lows of the 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours are captured in episode three of the new Le Mans Full Access series.

Le Mans podium finisher and broadcaster Alain de Cadenet dies aged 76

Le Mans 24 Hours privateer and constructor Alain de Cadenet has died aged 76 after a long battle with illness.

Le Mans Full Access video: Episode 2
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Le Mans Full Access video: Episode 2

The tense build-up to the world's most famous endurance race is revealed in episode two of the new Le Mans Full Access series, which gives fans an exclusive look behind-the-scenes.

SUPER GT cars could fight for Le Mans win, says Makowiecki

Ex-SUPER GT driver Frederic Makowiecki believes a GT500 car has the speed to fight for the overall win in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1
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Le Mans Full Access: Episode 1

In the first episode of the new Le Mans Full Access series, fans are given an exclusive look into what goes on behind the scenes at the iconic endurance race.

SRO boss Ratel voices support for WEC's GT3 Premium plan

Stephane Ratel, the architect of GT3, has voiced support for plans for the cars to run distinct bodywork when the class is adopted by the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2024.

Corvette aims to bounce back at The Glen after Le Mans disaster

Antonio Garcia says it’s time for Corvette Racing to bounce back from its appalling bad luck at the Le Mans 24 Hours and put on a strong showing in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen.

Westbrook sure Glickenhaus can still fight for 2023 Le Mans win

Glickenhaus will remain a formidable competitor against an onslaught of new manufacturers in next year's Le Mans 24 Hours, reckons Richard Westbrook.

How Formula E's double-duty drivers got on at Le Mans

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans Prime

When the moribund GTE Pro class stole the show at Le Mans

As the GT class faces a time of transition, it’s a good time to recall the greatest hits of the GTE Pro years that pitched manufacturers and top drivers into the tightest of duels.