The breathtaking French countryside and cars racing and mind-numbing speeds is what you should expect at the Le Mans. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, is one of the greatest endurance races in the history of car racing. Drives and teams don’t just have to focus on speed but ensure that they stay on the right track. They have to endure this 24-hour race, through night and day, rain or sunshine.
But Le Mans is not just about the skills of the drivers. It is also about the best of the best cars in the world stepping foot into this ultimate test of endurance. A car that can handle Le Mans can handle any other condition in the world with ease. Here are our picks for the best cars that were even seen on this grand stage.
1995 McLaren F1 GTR
This car is one of the most iconic supercars of all times and it earned a decent name for itself on the Le Mans track. McLaren’s first road car, the F1 GTR made its racing debut in 1995, getting attention and love from every fan. The car was one of the most amazing attractions of the race with its beautiful Long Tail bodywork that structed right to the rear wheels of the car. The aerodynamics were superb and the performance was equally commendable. The car stole the show by winning overall and taking the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th place in the race. Unfortunately, it was McLaren’s final Le Mans.
For the most part of the 20th century, Ferraris and Bentleys were ruling the car racing space. At the turn of the century, Audi witnessed the beginning of its golden racing years. Only Porsche holds the record of 19 victories which can easily be surpassed by Audi, tallying at 13. He Audi R18 was a class apart from other cars in its segment. Making a debut in 2011, it came with a 4.0-liter VG diesel hybrid engine that combined raw muscle with 550 bhp in all four wheels.
This car is one of the greatest four-wheels of the Le Mans races. Henry Ford was somewhat furious with Enzo Ferrari after talks about purchasing the Italian sports car manufacture fell flat on its face. Ford did what he does best. He spilled millions on designing a car that was designed for one purpose alone- to take over Ferrari and embarrass in on the grand stage of Le Mans.
While the purpose of the design wasn’t amicable, the GT40 was a perfect car by all means. It won every race at Le Mans from 1966 to 1969. In fact, its 1966 finishes are considered the most iconic victories on the track ever.
Ferrari, Bentley and Porsche have also wowed the audience with their spectacular cars that blended supreme performance with quality build and great looks. However, our picks reflect the spirit of Le Mans and capture some of the most iconic moment of the race.
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