Le Mans By Numbers

50 Cars

22 marques – four making their LM race debut (Durango, Norma, DBA and Pagani)

150 drivers from 22 different nations

12 previous winners who have won the race 19 times between them

Cars with 4, 6, 8, 10 and 12 cylinders - 390 Cylinders in all, an average of 7.8 per car

18 Turbochargers

Almost 210,000 cc

Around 27,000 horsepower

Each lap 8.48 miles with 21 corners

With luck and fine weather, the winners will cover 370+ laps and more than 3000 miles race distance – but have no chance of a record breaking distance, as some would suggest (twice)

The distance record was set in 1971, by Helmut Marko and Gijs van Lennep, 3315.203 miles at an average speed of 138.13 mph

dailysportscar.comJan Lammers, Andy Wallace and Johnny Dumfries covered 3313.150 miles in 1988, at an average of 137.72 mph. If there hadn’t been a shower on Sunday morning…..

Six other drivers racing in that '88 event could be on the grid this time too: John Nielsen, Michel Ferte, Franz Konrad, Ukyo Katayama, Yojiro Terada and perhaps Francois Migault. Derek Bell, Henri Pescarolo and David Hobbs are involved in other ways now...

The greatest distance covered since the first year of the Mulsanne Chicanes (1990) was the 3181.324 miles by last year’s winners

Four/five sections of the track see the quickest cars approaching / topping 200 mph

40-50 gearchanges per lap – (almost 17,000 for a 370 lap race)

Pole position could be a 3:33

Yojiro Terada has raced at Le Mans more times (23 so far) than anyone else officially down to start the race, although if Francois Migault does race, it will be his 26th start

If Tom Kristensen wins, it will be his fifth victory, matching Derek Bell’s record. Jacky Ickx still leads the way with six wins. If Pirro (below, last year) or Biela win for Champion or Audi Sport UK respectively, they’ll match Kristensen’s four.



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