In 2009, Audi released a documentary called ‘Truth in 24′, which highlighted their attempt to win the 24 Hours of LeMans outright. The titanic battle between Audi and Peugeot came to such worldwide acclaim that a second one will be released later this year. Super psyched!
Toyota has decided to enter into LMP1 with the TS030 HYBRID. With several manufacturers refreshing their driver line-ups, Toyota had a pick of quality drivers for 2012.
Anthony Davidson, who was dropped by Peugeot during their exit of the sport, and former F1 driver Sebastien Buemi will be supporting Hiroaki Ishiura.
Will Toyota be able to take the fight to Audi R18 in LMP1? We shall see.
The snowstorm of last week really threw off any posting efforts that I had, since I didn’t have access to constant internet. However when I finally got back to the modern world, I found myself hit with some shocking automotive news.
Peugeot had canceled it’s LeMans program. (They did it without consulting me first. That’s the real shocking part.)
For readers of Autosport, you know this question. But it’s not the whole story. You might say that Lola had some of the worst F1 cars to date, but when did you ever decide to build a racing car on a £2 million budget?
Lola did, and it was okay. I will go into every bit of detail regarding the Lola Formula One Team that applied for entry in the 2010 FiA Formula One World Championship – an offer that the FiA refused.
2011 had one of the more intense 24 Hours of LeMans in recent history. McNish suffered a horrible accident, as well as another R18 being totaled during the race. A video has been made which highlights Audi’s struggle over the weekend.
Take a look and see what you think.
Almost two weeks ago, Alain McNish had a sickening crash (video) in his R18 prototype at LeMans. Alain survived the crash, thankfully, and was able to provide an interview of what happened just hours later.
Alain’s safety was ensured thanks to the strong design of the Audi, in an accident that would have killed him 10 years earlier.
Patrick Dempsey had the fortunate chance to drive a Mazda 787B at LeMans last week. Here is a video on an onboard video with Dempsey in the car. Check your audio, as it is LOUD.
I haven’t had a chance to do a ‘Lunchtime Video’ in a long time. What better way to come back, then to show a 458 Challenge lapping LeMans?
See video below.
I was searching the web today, and found on Speedhunters that they featured part of this video. However, I wanted you all to see the entire thing. Click the title of this post to see all of the videos as it is in 5 parts.
This is a sickening accident that’s happened during night qualifying of the 2011 24 Hours of LeMans. The Audi R18 of Romain Dumas t-bones an Aston Martin that was in a mid-spin. Both drivers are ok, but the cars both need alot of work.
Scary stuff, because I’m slightly concerned that the Dumas didn’t just ditch the R18 off the track, if he saw a spun car directly ahead of him. Take a look.
I could not keep this away from you guys. The Flying Lizard GTR RSR livery for LeMans this year looks MEGA PRIME!
Blurb taken from Flying Lizard Newsletter:
I’m not sure if I like the cartoony graphics, but I do love Mcnish. Take a view.
Someone has uploaded the documentary of Audi’s battle against Peugeot in the 24 Hours of LeMans. Take a look at the intense focus, determination and luck that it takes to rule in one of the toughest races in the world. (Videos after the jump)
“What we have here, is a failure to communicate.” I’m not sure how I’d feel to be that Safety Car driver right then.
A few days ago, we had an article about last year’s Aston Martin LMP1 car. Personally, think that it’s beautiful. However, here are some images of this year’s competitor. Powered by a turbocharged V6, you can tell that AMR has decided to move to the open top endurance racer. However, what do you think about the lines on this car?
Reminds me of a Panoz.
A few days ago, we made a post on whether the Audi R18 was an attractive endurance racer. The jury is still out on that, but in the meantime, take a look at some videos of the car during testing. (Bonus videos after the jump)
With Audi retiring the R15, the Audi R18 is really bringing up some conflicting commentary amongst us at the “Starting Grid”. As endurance prototype racers go, we are vastly greater fans of the closed cockpit design (+1). However, the “shark fin” on the back which has been infesting automotive design lately shows up as a massive fail on our books. (-1). However if it turns up to be faster than the Peugeot 908 update/replacement, we might let that shark fin go.
We have no idea on the amount of torque that this machine will put out, but knowing Audi…<evil smiles>
Thoughts? (more pictures +video below)
Some racing prototypes just look beautiful. This one has it all in the eyes.