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Enter into the heart of the legend of the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans) with these photos:
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Starts and Finishes
A show, a test bench, Le Mans represents the ambition of a brand, the hope of a team. Le Mans represents the achievement of the drivers and the work of the mechanics. For the winners, Le Mans represents the triumph of bravery, talent, endurance, as well as the knowledge and tenacity of those who design and prepare the cars. How is it possible not to be convinced of the interest and the prestige of a victory at the 24 Heures du Mans.
FinishesMany are happy to just finish the race, others even entertain the hope of finding glory there. It is often said that Le Mans chooses its winner and it is an ambition that is cherished by all the leading names in the world of motorsport. Talbot, Matra, Jaguar, Porsche, Ferrari, Aston Martin and many more have all wanted to be the first over the finish line.
StartsThe first start grids involved placing the competitors in two parallel lines: even numbers on the right and odd numbers on the left. They were ranked by their engine size. It was the 3rd edition of the "Grand Prix of 24 Hours of Endurance" that innovated: a new starting procedure. The cars were now lined up in a fishbone shape in front of the pits, facing the drivers placed on the other side of the track. At the time, the rules required all the cars to be equipped with a removable hood. To check its solidity and ease of installation, the cars had to have the hood up during the first 20 laps of the race. The idea of keeping the drivers as far away as possible from their racing car was designed to prevent them from starting manoeuvres before the race director had dropped the flag. The drivers then had to run to their vehicles, install the hood, start the engine and accelerate away. Here, the fastest runners were able to gain a few seconds and ensure themselves a good position for the first lap. Used in races around the world, this method, which quickly became known as the "Le Mans-style start", was abandoned in 1970, deemed to be too dangerous for the drivers who did not take time to buckle their safety harnesses. Le Mans finally adopted the "Indianapolis-style" start.
With its successive upgrades, the 24 Hours' circuit has contributed to the success of the Sarthe-based event. Discover the legendary sections of the 24 Hours of Le Mans circuit over the years: the Hunaudières straight, the Dunlop Curve, the Porsche and Ford Bends, the Mulsanne and Arnage Chicanes, the Pit Straight and many more.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is and continues to be an event for all. Every year, more than 250,000 spectators assemble in the circuit's enclosure and in the town of Le Mans to enjoy each edition to the fullest. From generation to generation, loyal spectators from all over the world never miss the most famous endurance race in the world.
Night View (Le Mans by night)
It is one of the essential features of the 24 Heures du Mans: nightfall... and the few intense hours that follow. The temperature falls, the tiredness increases, the headlights are switched on and there can be many sudden plot twists. The circuit finds itself plunged into a very specific atmosphere. For only a few hours but ones that the biggest fans believe should never be missed.
Drivers and Personalities at Le Mans
Whether they are drivers, team directors, organisers, or guests, they all share the passion for Le Mans and contribute to building and perpetuating the legend. Because the 24 Heures du Mans is, above all, a human adventure.
Enter the private world of the teams and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at the performance: the car's assembly and preparation before the race, the maintenance and adjustments during the race. The time in the pits and paddocks is often key to the strategy that leads a team to the much coveted victory.