AUDI R8 LMP
2001

AUDI R8 LMP

2001 - 24h Le Mans / #03 - J. Herbert, D. Theys, R. Kelleners

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In year 2000 Audi launched the R8 LMP model, a car destined to be dominant on all endurance race tracks for several years.
For its Le Mans debut, Joest Racing entered the works cars from Ingolstadt in the LMP P 900 class. 
Competitors consisted mainly of works teams from Cadillac, Panoz Motorsports and  Pescarolo Sport, as well as some other private LMP entries.

Jackie Ickx started the race waving the French flag, and as it was to be expected, the performance of the Audi R8 LMP could not be matched. However, at the end of the first hour and for eight laps the race was surprisingly lead by Panoz’s front engined LMP-1 Roadster S. Eventually, the chequered flag was taken by car No.8 driven by Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro, followed by car No.9 (Aiello, McNish, Ortelli) and car No.7 (Alboreto, Abt, Capello) in second and respectively third place.

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AUDI R8 LMP
2000

AUDI R8 LMP

2000 - 24h Le Mans / #07 - M. Alboreto, C. Abt, R. Capello

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In year 2000 Audi launched the R8 LMP model, a car destined to be dominant on all endurance race tracks for several years. For its Le Mans debut, Joest Racing entered the works cars from Ingolstadt in the LMP P 900 class. Competitors consisted mainly of works teams from Cadiliac, Panoz Motorsports and Pescarolo Sport, as well as some other private LMP entries. Jackie Ickx started the race waving the French flag, and as it was to be expected, the performance of the Audi R8 LMP could not be matched. However, at the end of the first hour and for eight laps the race was surprisingly lead by Panoz’s front engined LMP-1 Roadster S. Eventually, the chequered flag was taken by car No.8 driven by Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro, followed by car No.9 (Aiello, McNish, Ortelli) and car No.7 (Alboreto, Abt, Capello) in second and respectively third place.

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NISSAN R390 GT1
1997

NISSAN R390 GT1

1997 - Le Mans / #21 - M. Brundle, W. Taylor, J. Muller

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The Nissan R390 GT1 was a racing car built to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1997 and 1998. The car was developed by Nismo (Nissan Motor Sport) and TWR (Tom Walkinshaw Racing). Powered by a 3.5 litre, biturbo, load-carrying engine rated at 600 hp, the chassis was a carbon fiber derivation of the TWR designed Jaguar XJR15. In the 1995, three cars with #21, #22 and #23 (23is NiSan in Japanese) were entered by Nissan Motor Sport with undeniably serious ambitions. The R390 driven by Martin Brundle was the fastest of the whole lot in prequalifying and it was very fast in qualifying too. The race however turned into an a together different story and the only surviving car at the end of the 24 hrs came in 12th overall.

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MCLAREN F1 GTR
1997

MCLAREN F1 GTR

1997 - Donington / #27 - C. Goodwin, G. Ayles

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Production of McLaren F1 GTR, directed by former Formula 1 engineer Gordon Murray, began in 1992 and ended in 1998. At that time, it was the fastest car ever built. The F1 GTR raced in Le Mans for the first time in 1995, winning outright, with 5 cars reaching the finish line in 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 13th position. The car featured a monocoque carbon – fibre chassis and a BMW 5990 cc V12 engine. In 1997, the F1 GTR was developed into the Long Tail version. Number 27 raced in Donington, driven by Chris Goodwin and Gary Ayles.

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LOLA ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2
2009

LOLA ASTON MARTIN DBR1-2

2009 - Le Mans / #008 - A. Davidson, D. Turner, J. Verstappen

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The Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, also known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2, is a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 sports car, designed and built by Lola Cars International, jointly developed with Prodrive for Aston Martin Racing, conceived to enter the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Le Mans Endurance Series Championship. The model was powered by the same atmospheric engine used on the Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 , that, thanks to the larger air restrictors allowed in the LMP1 category for production based blocks, reached 660 Hp. The motor itself was made of aluminium, with a displacement of 5.935 cm3. Chassis consists of a carbon fibre monocoque designed by Lola and developed by Prodrive and Aston Martin. Specifically, the aero package was redesigned in order to match technical and marketing needs. The front of the car was redesigned to bear an unmistakable Aston Martin grille shape. The model was painted with the traditional ‘powder blue’ and orange Gulf Oil pattern, due to the oil company sponsorship. Racing numbers 007, 008, 009 are a clear reminder of what sort of cars is dnven by James Bond … This particular model, n.008, raced the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009, driven by J. Verstappen, A.Davidson, D.Turner.

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