Racing Blip: 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans

By | June 13, 2014

No. 8 Toyota LMP1 will lead the start of 2014′s 24 Hours of Le Mans

While the rest of the world seems to be fascinated with the little thing in Brazil, called the “World Cup”, the racing world has the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France.

This is THE endurance race of the season. In fact, this is the 82nd running of this famed race. Teams from all of the world, including some incredible prototype machines from the likes of Audi, Toyota, and a very welcomed addition - Porsche. All come to Le Mans to show off just how well built, how fast, how much better their car is over the other.

For those not familiar with prototype machines, these are purpose built race cars designed for endurance racing. It is also a test bed of new and emerging technologies for various car companies. In other words, do want to know what is going to be in your car in a few years? Look at the cars in endurance racing. In particular, the LMP1 class machines.

This year, you have engines ranging from 3 cylinders to 8 cylinders. Various hybrid systems. Gas engines. Diesel engines. Turbo’d engines. Two wheel drive cars and all wheel drive cars. Cars with radar systems. Cars with no rear-view mirrors. Cars with no side mirrors. Yup, little cameras have replaced them.

Audi, Aston Martin, Corvette, Toyota, Nissan, Morgan, Zytek, Porsche, Ferrari, and other manufactures will be represented.

And like most endurance racing series, this is multi-class racing. From the no-holds-barred LMP1 Prototype class, the cost capped LMP2 class, to GTE-Pro and GTE-Am classes. Both the GT classes represent cars that you and I would recognize on the street, but in racing form.

What to watch for?

The fight in LMP1. Audi has dominated Le Mans the last decade plus. Toyota has offered up some stiff competition to Audi in the opening rounds of this years World Endurance Championship. Porsche is the new/old kid on the block. Audi wants to defend it’s dominance, Toyota wants to knock Audi off, and Porsche wants to prove to the world that is still the king of Le Mans!

So, how do you watch is 24 hours race of races?

There are SOO many ways (and remember, it starts on Saturday, June 14th, at 9am Eastern).

For those in the USofA that want to watch a broadcast, the Fox Sports family of channels is your ticket (all times Eastern):

08:30AM – 04:00PM Fox Sports 1
04:00PM – 05:00PM Fox Sports 2
05:00PM – 06:30AM Fox Sports Go app
06:30PM – 01:00AM Fox Sports 2
01:00AM – 07:30AM Fox Sports 1
07:30AM – 09:30AM Fox Sports 2

For those of us that think streaming is the future:

 

Here are some other useful sites:

 

 

[Photo | Sébastien BASSANI (ACO]

 

 


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