1999 - Presentation
#09 D. Theyes, S. Johansson, S. Ortelli
#10 J. Weaver, A. Wallace, P. Mcarthy
The Audi R8C, designed by Peter Ellerey and Tony Southgate, only took part in the 1999 edition of the 24h of Le Mans. It is still probably one of the most beautiful prototypes in Le Mans history. Unfortunately, its performance did not match its elegance, mostly for lack of development time. Racing Technologies Norfolk built a carbon fibre bodywork around a monocoque frame, all powered with a 358 cc V8 biturbo engine. James Weaver said that the R8C, at one time during the race, had become one of the best cars he had ever driven. None of the two competing R8Cs was able to reach the end of the race. In the following years, Audi opted for an open cockpit version of the R8 and the R8C became the basis for the Bentley Exp Speed 8 project, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2003. This model reproduces the “presentation” car in which the two sides differ in race number and driver’s name. Note that the model also correctly reproduces the shape of the trilobate air intake on the nose, replaced in the race version by a single gap intake.
The 911 GT1 EVO 98 was the car created by Porsche to compete in the GT1 category in 1998, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA GT international championship. At the beginning, the GT1 were Grand Touring cars modified for the competitions, but in the last years they got more and more similar to racing prototypes. Porsche had already run in GT1 the years before, but the ‘98 car was a brand new model. This was the first car built by Porsche with a carbon composite monocoque chassis. Front and rear suspensions double wishbones with pushrod. Wheels diameter 18 inches; carbon brake discs, calipers wi th 8 pistons at front and with 6 pistons at rear axle. Six-cylinder flat engine, 3.2 litres twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, water-cooled, maximum torque 630 Nm at 5000 rpm, maximum power 550 hp at 7200 rpm. Six-speed gearbox with sequential change, trip le disc carbon fibre clutch. Fuel tank capacity 100 litres.
In 1998, the FIA GT championship was dominated by Mercedes, but Porsche was able to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the race at Silverstone, Alexander Grau and Andreas Scheld ran the car number 5 o f the German team Zakspeed Racing.
2012 - 3rd Le Mans / #4 - M. Bonanomi, O. Jarvis, M. Rockenfeller
The Audi R 18 Ultra is a Le Mans Prototype racing car.It was the evolution of the successful R18 TDI, and was designed in year 2012 hours of Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship. It’s the same car as the R 18 e-tron, but without hybrid drive. The chassis is a carbon fiber monocoque, a very light and yet very safe design. The gearbox is a 6 speed electrically actuated unit, with ample use of carbon composite parts. All front and rear lights are made with LED, with a very distinctive tall lights design around the rear wing. The diesel engine is an evolution from the previous years’ 6 cylinder 120° middle of the motor’s V, right under the rear fin of the car. Maximum power is estimated at 550. Audi entered the 24 well as two R18-etron.C ar No.4, Jarvis and Mike Rockenfeller, reached the finish line in third position.
2012 - Winner Le Mans / #1 - A.Lotterer, M. Fässler, B. Tréluyer
Year 2012 marked the first victory of a diesel-hybrid car with four-wheel drive in the 24h of Le Mans, as well as the second laurel in a row for André Lotterer, Marcel Fässler and Benoît Tréluyer. Audi evolved the R18 and R18 e-tron starting from the successful R18 TDI, whose aerodynamic lines and TDI V6 engine bear a close resemblance to those of their successor. The main competitor for this race was Toyota’s highly anticipated TS030, a gasoline-hybrid racer with four wheel drive. Despite leading briefly the race, a series of technical failures and accidents eliminated both Japanese cars from the race. The 2012 podium consisted entirely of Audi entries, with the second R18 e-tron and one R18 ULTRA in 2nd and 3rd place.
2016 - Watkins Glen / #55 - T. Nunez, J. Bomarito, S. Pigot
The Lola B12/80 is the latest evolution of the B08/80. It raced in the LMP2 category in both the European and American Le Manse Series championships, in year 2012. The English factory began designing cars for these races in 1999. Amongst its creations, MG and Aston Martin official cars. Lola Cars introduced a closed cockpit model for private teams in 2008. Chassis and crash box are carbon fiber made. Front and rear suspensions were of the push-rod type, with rocker actuated springs. The gearbox was a six gears X-trac unit, with steering wheel paddles. Brakes were four-pistons brake calipers from AP Racing , with ventilated carbon discs, on 18” wheels. Weight reached the minimum allowed of 900 Kg. In 2014, Mazda and Speedsource were announced as the newest customers of two Lola LMP2s using the SkyActiv-D engine. For the 2016 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, Mazda entered a B12/80 with livery based on that of the LMP which won the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of that victory.
2001 - 24h Le Mans / #04 - S. Johansson, T. Coronel, P Lemarié
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. In year 2001, Audi delivered the previous year’s works R8s to private teams. One of such teams was Johansson Motorsport, a partnership between Stefan Johansson — formerly Audi and Ferrari works driver — and Team Arena Motorsport. The race was won by the works Audi cars. This model in the classic Gulf colours was driven by Stefan Johansson, Patrick Lemarié and Tom Coronel.
In June 2013 Lord Paul Oryson drove his Lola 812/69 racing EV to break the 200 Mph speed barrier, on the Elvington airport tarmac topping the previous land speed record for sub-1 000 kg Electric Vehicles, which had been standing for forty years, by about 30 Mph, reaching 204.2 Mph (328.6 km/h). Such EV model also broke other FIA sanctioned land speed records, such as the quarter mile speed, and later broke the 333 km/h limit on the straight km as well. The prototype stemmed from a Le Mans 810 Lola whose drive trail,. electrical and electronics were totally replaced, and whose positioning and cooling was a major technical challenge. Lord Oryson is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering and member of Her Majesty’s Most Honourable Privy Council.
2000 - 1st Race of a Thousand Years / #77 - R.Capello, A. McNish
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. On December 31 st, 2000, the ‘Race of a Thousand Years’, valid for the American Le Mans series, was raced on the Adelaide road circuit. Audi entered a R8 LMP decorated with a special ‘crocodile’ car livery as an homage to Australia. The race lasted 850 km only rather than 1000, and was won by the Audi No.77 driven by Rinaldo Capello and Allan McNish.
2000 - 1st 24h Le Mans / #08 - F. Biela, T. Kristensen, E. Pirro
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.
The 911 GT1 EVO 98 was designed by Porsche to compete in the GT1 category in 1998, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the FIA GT International Championship. In the beginning, the GT1 class was based on GT (Grand Touring) cars prepared for racing, but eventually they became racing prototypes. The ‘98 car was a brand new model from Porsche. This was the first car built by Porsche with a carbon composite monocoque chassis. It came with front and rear double wishbone suspensions with pushrod, 18” wheels, carbon brake discs. Engine was a six-cylinder, flat, 3.2 litres twin turbo, 4 valves per cylinder, water-cooled, unit, with maximum torque of 630 Nm at 5000 rpm and maximum power of 550 hp at 7200 rpm. Gearbox was six-speed sequential with triple disc carbon fibre clutch. Fuel tank capacity 100 litre. In 1998, the FIA GT championship was dominated by Mercedes, but Porsche was able to win the Le Mans 24 Hours. A. McNish and Y. Dalmas ran car number 7 In the FIA GT championship