MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b
1974

MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b

1974 - Le Mans Winner / #7 - H. Pescarolo, G.Larrousse

CW18

A Le Mans, nel 1974, le ‘MS 670 B’ iscritte erano tre. Henri Pescarolo e Gérard Larrousse, con la vettura n.7, dominarono la corsa vincendo per il secondo anno consecutivo. The Matra-Simca MS 670 was a Prototype race car that won the Le Mans 24 Hours 3 times in a row (from 1972 to 1974) as well as the World Manufacturers Championship twice (1973 and 1974). The car was designed by Bernard Boyer and Jean-Louis Caussin. The long tail version, designed specifically for Le Mans, was still called ‘670 B’, ‘B’ being the distinctive letter of all Matras fitted with the Porsche 5-speeds gearbox. The chassis was an aluminium monocoque, with fibreglass body. The engine, whose sound was extremely loud, was a 60° 3-litres V12, with aluminium block and heads, 79.7 mm bore and 50.0 mm stroke. The motor version used in ‘74 at Le Mans was ‘MS 73’, with maximum torque of 320 Nm at 8400 RPM , and maximum power of 450 HP at 10500 rpm. On the Mulsanne straight the car could top 320 kph. Brakes had Girling ventilated discs, all-round; in 1974, the rear brakes were moved inboard. Rims dimensions were 13² x 11² at front and 15² x 15² at rear. The car weighted 693 kg. Three were the ‘670 B’s racing in Le Mans in 1974. Number 7 was driven by Henri Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse who lead the race from start to finish, winning Le Mans for the third time in a row.

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MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b
1973

MATRA-SIMCA MS 670B

1973 - 3rd Le Mans / #12 - J.P. Jabouille, J.P. Jaussaud

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The Matra-Simca MS 670 was a Prototype race car that won the Le Mans 24 Hours 3 times in a row (from 1972 to 1974) as well as the World Manufacturers Championship twice (1973 and 1974). It was designed by Bernard Boyer and Jean-Louis Cassin. A ‘B’ was added in 1973 to the ‘670’ name to indicate that a Porsche gearbox was used as opposed to the previously used ZF. The chassis was an Aluminium monocoque, coupled with a fibreglass body to reduce weight by 22 kg. It was powered by a 60°, 3-litres V12 engine, with aluminium block and head, whose bore and stroke were 79.7*50.0 mm. The Matra V12, named ‘MS 73’, was famous for its amazingly loud sound, and reached 480 CV at 10500 RPM with torque peaking at 320 Nm @ 8400 RPM. In Le Mans it raced with six-in-one exhausts, propelling the car to 320 km/h on the Mulsanne straight. Braking was guaranteed by outboard Girling ventilated discs, all-round. Rims dimensions were 13” x 11” at front and 13” x 17” at rear. The car weighted 693 kg. There were three MS670B racing in Le Mans in 1973, with No.12 driven by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. They finished in third position.

MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b
1973

MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b

1973 - Le Mans Winner / #11 - H. Pescarolo, G.Larrousse

CW21

The Matra vs. Ferrari showdown took place on the Circuit de la Sarthe, on June 9th and 10th, 1973, a day which also marked the 50th anniversary of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The red Ferrari No. 16 driven by Merzario and Pace started from pole and run away in the distance, chased by the blue Matra of Beltoise and Cevert. When, after two hours, the italian leaders developed a fuel piping issue, the Matra No. 10 took their place on the leaderboard, only to be dangerously delayed, and later forced to retire, by tyre issues. At the end of a grueling race, the checquered flag was waved in front of the victorious Matra Simca 670B No.11 of Henry Pescarolo and Gérard Larrousse. The podium was completed by the surviving Ferrari 312 PB n.16 of Merzario and Pace, and finally Matra’s n.12 car of Jabouille and Jaussaud.

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MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b
1973

MATRA-SIMCA MS 670b

1973 - 3rd Le Mans / #12 - J.P. Jabouille, J.P. Jaussaud

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The Matra-Simca MS 670 was a Prototype race car that won the Le Mans 24 Hours 3 times in a row (from 1972 to 1974) as well as the World Manufacturers Championship twice (1973 and 1974).
It was designed by Bernard Boyer and Jean-Louis Cassin. A ‘B’ was added in 1973 to the ‘670’ name to indicate that a Porsche gearbox was used as opposed to the previously used ZF.
The chassis was an Aluminium monocoque, coupled with a fibreglass body to reduce weight by 22 kg.
It was powered by a 60°, 3-litres V12 engine, with aluminium block and head, whose bore and stroke were 79.7*50.0 mm. The Matra V12, named ‘MS 73’, was famous for its amazingly loud sound, and reached 480 CV at 10500 RPM with torque peaking at 320 Nm @ 8400 RPM. In Le Mans it raced with six-in-one exhausts, propelling the car to 320 km/h on the Mulsanne straight.
Braking was guaranteed by outboard Girling ventilated discs, all-round. Rims dimensions were 13” x 11” at front and 13” x 17” at rear. The car weighted 693 kg.
There were three 670 B racing in Le Mans in 1973, with No.12 driven by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Jean-Pierre Jabouille. They finished in third position.

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AUDI R18 ULTRA
2012

AUDI R18 ULTRA

2012 - 3rd Le Mans / #4 - M. Bonanomi, O. Jarvis, M. Rockenfeller

CA38a

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.

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AUDI E-TRON QUATTRO
2012

AUDI E-TRON QUATTRO

2012 - Winner Le Mans / #1 - A.Lotterer, M. Fässler, B. Tréluyer

CW14

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.

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LANCIA LC2
1990

LANCIA LC2

1990 - Le Mans / #54 - M. Monti, F. Magnani, A. Hepworth

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The LC2 was designed by Lancia to race in the Sport-Prototype category, according to the Group C regulations. It raced for the first time in 1983. Designed by Dallara, it was powered by a Ferrari engine, whose heads had been evolved from those of the 288 GTO; the electronic control unit was highly sophisticated and ahead of its time. The engine itself was a 90° 3 litres liquid-cooled V8, with two turbochargers, working at a maximum pressure of 3 bars; four valves per cylinder were driven by double over head camshaft. Overall the maximum power was 840 hp at 7000 rpm. Gearbox was a 5 gears Hewland unit, and rims were 15″ front and 17″ rear. Chassis was made of aluminium and magnesium while body was carbon fibre composite. The overall weight was 850 kg. Lancia LC2s were as quick as Porsches, in terms of pure speed, but lacked reliability. Lancia raced LC2 cars ex-works throughout 1986; later, and until 1991, it was raced by privateers only. A Lancia LC2 was entered by Team Mussato in the World Prototype Championship in 1986. This specific model of car No.54, driven by M. Monti, F. Magnani and A. Hepworth, raced in 1990 the 24 hours of Le Mans.

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PORSCHE 962C LH
1988

PORSCHE 962C LH

1988 - Le Mans / #18 - B. Wollek, V. Schuppan, S.V.d. Merwe

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Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car created to replace the already succesfull Porsche 956, in order to allow its presence in the Americans IMSA and WSC Group C competitions. It was one of the most succesful racing cars ever and it won several competitions all over the world:
– World Sport-Prototype Championship in 1985 and 1986
– 24h Le Mans in 1986, 1987 and 1994
– IMSA GTP Championship in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
– 24h Daytona in 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989 and 1991
– 12h Sebring in 1985, 1986, 1987 and 1988
The ‘962C’ appeared for the first time at Le Mans in 1985. The engine was a boxer, 6 cylinders, with two turbos, liquid-cooled, 4 valves per cylinder, double overhead camshaft. On the 3 factory cars engaged in the ’24 Hours’ in 1988, displacement had been increased at 3 liters. Even the tail had been updated. In those years, cars used ‘long’ shaped tails to have the less possible drag on the ‘Les Hunaudières’ straight. During qualifying, the works 962C reached a maximum speed of 391 kph. This car raced at Le Mans in 1988 in the red, white and yellow livery of sponsor Shell. The car was driven by Bob Wollek, Vern Shuppan and Sarel van der Merwe.

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AUDI R8 LMP
2000

AUDI R8 LMP

2000 - 1st 24h Le Mans / #08 - F. Biela, T. Kristensen, E. Pirro

CW19

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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PORSCHE 962C 85
1987

PORSCHE 962C 85

1987 - Le Mans / #11 - G. Fouché, F. Konrad, W. Taylor

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The Porsche 962 is a sport-prototype racing car which was designed to replace the all-conquering Porsche 956, in order to comply with the updated Americans IMSA and WSC Group C rules which mandated a different positioning of the driver’s feet. The Porsche 962’s body and aerodynamics were routinely modified by various private teams during the racing season. For this reason, Porsche 962 came often with modified nose and tail, as well as with custom wheel arches, air intakes and wings. Almost all private Porsche 956 were converted to 962 specification between 1985 and early 1986. The ‘962C’ appeared for the first time at Le Mans in 1985. The engine was a liquid cooled, 6 cylinders boxer unit, with two turbos, 4 valves per cylinder and double overhead camshaft. This car raced for Kremer team at Le Mans in 1987, driven by F. Konrad, G. Fouche and W. Taylor and painted in Leyton House livery.

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