Le Mans

  • Audi has decided to pull the plug on its World Endurance Championship commitment after 18 years, choosing instead to focus on Formula E from 2017 onwards. The change reflects a renewed focus on electric power – both in production and racing – for the Audi brand.
  • If the Michelin Design Challenge is anything to go by, endurance racing is tame compared to what we can expect in 2030. The winners each take a different angle on what racers of the future will look like, using tech from AI to tire-mounted batteries to gain an edge on the competition.
  • Just over a week after its LM GTE Pro category win at Le Mans 2016, Ford is taking a trip back in time to an even bigger win. The all-new 2017 Ford GT '66 Heritage Edition pays homage to Ford's historic 1966 Le Mans victory.
  • Few tests in motorsports are tougher than Le Mans, a point proven in brutal fashion by Toyota this morning. Leading the race with three minutes to go, the #5 TS050 Hybrid ground to a halt alongside the pits, handing victory to the Porsche 919 Hybrid for the second straight year.
  • When you're preparing for one of the world's biggest, most challenging car races, sometimes it's good to blow off some steam. Aston Martin Racing team members did just that when they parked their V8 Vantage GTE cars and dropped into the "cockpit" of something Razor Crazy Carts.
  • Legendary sportscar manufacturer Alpine is continuing its Renault-driven renaissance with a World Endurance Championship competitor. The A460 will compete in the LMP2 class, with Renault Alpine hoping to carry on the legacy of the A441 that won the European Sport-Prototype Championship in 1974.
  • Audi premiered its new R18 racer at the Audi Sport Finale at the Audi Training Center Munich on Saturday, November 28, saying the 2016 season R18 has been fundamentally redesigned to improve aerodynamics, its hybrid drivetrain, and lightweight build.
  • Having taken a huge risk in creating its oddball GT-R LM Nismo, Nissan has pulled the plug on the program until it can sort out the problems that have plagued it. These problems meant the car battled at Le Mans, and won't be competing in LMP1 racing until Nissan has worked out its problems.
  • Ford is taking its all-new GT racing. At this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans event over the weekend and in preparation of a return to Le Mans next year, the Blue Oval has revealed the aerodynamic carbon fiber racer it'll put on the track.
  • After a decade and a half of Audi dominance, Porsche has scored a convincing 1-2 victory in this year's Le Mans 24 hour. The Porsche 919 Hybrid proved too reliable for the Audi R18 e-tron, which set a new in-race lap record but couldn't recover laps lost to mechanical problems.
  • When Nissan took the wraps off its GT-R LM NISMO, it raised a huge set of questions. With the full specifications have come some answers about how the Japanese brand hopes to make its extraordinary creation succeed on endurance racing's biggest stage.
  • The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 is, to put it bluntly, one of the craziest ideas to pull out onto a race track in decades. It's a front engined front-drive car that puts out over 1200 horsepower. Yes, you read that correctly: A front engined front-drive racecar. Let's take a look under the hood.