Epic photo of a truly dominant race car. the Audi 200 quattro Trans Am.
Bentley is coming back to Le Mans! And would you just look at this beauty. The Bentley Continental GT3. Most excellent, sir.
I’m still trying to get over how i’ve posted 2 entries about the Bentley Continental in 1 week. Don’t get the wrong idea….i’m not that into the Continental….or Bentleys for that matter…but both photos are quite interesting I must say.
Is this an Audi R8 in disguise? i’m almost certain it is. Does this mean that Audi will be bringing the R8 to Le Mans after 2013? I would certainly assume so. Domination in different classes is sure to ensue….
a video of the big beast in action:
src: Audi Sport
This video is beautiful. Epic bite the back of your hand beautiful. The essence of Le Mans in 2012——i’m still buzzing over the race, and this slow-motion “Ultra Motion” video that Eurosport was using during their coverage really shines through when set to shoegazing background music.
thanks to Don for the tip!
Audi now have 11 victories in 13 years, and one of those being the Audi-in-disguise Bentley Speed 8. Total dominance! The last few laps were taken with 4 R18s running side by side, making for some phenomenal atmosphere! More pics as they are released…No other team has ever shown this sort of dominance at Le Mans in such a short period of time.
Today, the 1st and 2nd place finishing cars were the Audi R18 e-tron quattro hybrid, making it the first AWD and Hybrid car to ever win the greatest race in the world! The #1 R18 e-tron quattro finishing the line in 1st place.
As an Audi fan and as a Le Mans enthusiast, I watched 18 hours of this race. I hope some of you enjoyed the coverage using the links I posted here last night. It was a hell of an adventure! I hope to make it to La Sarthe one of these days. Congratulations to the entire Audi Sport program!
The Toyotas started off fantastic, running 2 and 3 for quite a while. As seen before, the #8 was in a terrible crash with a crappy Ferrari driver, and the #7 Toyota had contact with the Deltawing, causing major damage as the car has been stuck in the pits for ages now. The #3 Audi R18 Ultra which was crashed is in 14th position right now, and the #7 Toyota is still in the pits, currently in 24th position.
That leaves Audi in #1, #2, and #3 with the e-tron quattro taking the top 2 positions thus far. There are still 17 hours left to go, so nothing can be said about what is still remaining to happen.
The LMP2 category is solidly competitive at th emoment, with the #48 Oreca Nissan up in the lead with 2 Morgans less than a lap behind! Great to see Morgan back in competition here!
The GTE pro and amateur classes are solidly led by the C6 ZR1 with nearest Aston Martin (my personal favourite in this class) a couple of laps behind (pro).
src for timing images: baekdal live timing
Romain Dumas crashes his Audi R18 Ultra into a tire wall, then proceeds to get out of the car and basically remove the entire front bodywork from both sides, get back in the car and drive it for 5-6 minutes back to the pits! Amazing bit of effort and determination from Dumas! Great to see.
As of right now, the #3 R18 is back in the race! Many laps down….but still in the race!
Here’s the video!
An awful crash which just took out the #8 Toyota TS030 today in Le Mans. A damn shame…..amateur privateers driving Ferraris ruining the LMP1 class race again this year.
Meantime, Toyota have done superb today—until this terrible accident. Anthony Davidson is apparently OK after the accident. The driver of the Ferrari is also OK.
I will be updating this during the course of the next 24 hours.
Unfortunately I am not able to embed any of these sources directly onto here, so the best I can do is link to some sources. If one of them fails, use the others as alternatives!
Edit @ Noon, US EST: I now have a great French-English Le Mans TV live video feed embedded in this post! Just click the play button. This feed should be reliable for 24 hours. If you don’t like the bilingual feed, my suggestion would be to play this video feed and listen to Radio Le Mans (linked below) at the same time.
These are not scams! these are good, hopefully reliable sources to stream the best race on earth!
SOURCE 3 (Le Mans-TV, French-English, watch it on IEDEI!)
SOURCE 1 (Eurosport) (Not working)
SOURCE 2 (Eurosport)
SOURCE 4 (English, average quality)
SOURCE 5 (Eurosport, better quality)
SOURCE 6 (Eurosport, better quality)
SOURCE 7 (Eurosport, better quality)
Le Mans Live (Live timing, Multiple on-board views, thanks Serge)
Audi TV (cockpit view, intermittent other views)
Audi TV #2 (cockpit view)
Radio Le Mans (audio feed)
Baekdal Live Timing (great live timing feed! thanks Piotr)
more to come soon!
Toyota has a monumental task this year at Le Mans—with a brand new Le Mans team and race car, trying to fill in the vacant shoes of Peugeot. Audi are trying to surpass Ferrari on the all-time list of Le Mans victories, amidst the most dominant period of endurance racing ever seen by any marque this side of Porsche in the late 70s/early 80s.
I really miss Peugeot, however am also very pleased that Toyota have put their guts into building a race car that will most definitely be competitive. In early practices, it has been reported that the TS030 was only a bit over 1 second slower than the R18 e-tron quattro—-and considering all of the madness which actually goes down in the race and the traffic issues; I’d say Audi definitely have some competition this year.
That being said…The TS030 is fantastic to look at, and nicely fills in the shoes of the missing Peugeot blue and white race cars with their new blue, white, and red livery!
What a week it’s gonna be for the Audi Sport team at Le Mans! 4 R18s are ready to pounce next weekend. Here’s a photo of the sinister R18 e-Tron quattro lurking in the transporter.
As an Audiphile, this week feels like a holiday! You’ll be seeing a lot of Le Mans coverage through next weekend on here…as Audi gets ready to surpass Ferrari on the Le Mans all-time win list this year.
src: Audi Sport
Well yes the 2012 Le Mans is around the corner, but one company brought out their unique prototype yesterday for the Le Mans Test Day. The Green GT H2 promises to be the first Electric/Hydrogen powered race car—and after participating in 2012’s test day, has been officially invited to race in the 2013 24 hours endurance race. Very interesting stuff indeed.
Here’s Green’s highlights of their race car as per their website:
- No pollutants
- No emissions of gas or CO2, or NOx
- Renewable energy
- The hydrogen comes from the electrolysis of water. The water is then recomposed during the production of electricity in the fuel cell. This same water can then be used again to re-produce the hydrogen.
- GreenGT H2 is expected to reach a speed close to 300km/h. With its on-board electrical control system, the GreenGT H2 can run for 40 min and its new electronic control system allows optimized cornering speeds.