Toyota Hybrid TS040 n.8 third in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014

TOYOTA HYBRID TS040 n.8

TOYOTA HYBRID TS040 n.8

HISTORY

The Toyota Hybrid TS040 n.8 is a prototype that participated in the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2014. The Japanese manufacturer after two years of training, modified the model TS030, especially in the hybrid part, which differed from the previous system also expanding the front wheels.

Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Lapierre and Anthony Davidson with the Toyota Hybrid TS040 n.8 arrived third at the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours after a great comeback. The Japanese team after the successes at the start of the season at Silverstone and Spa, was the favorite for the French classic, but Lapierre’s mistake at the beginning of the race that forced the mechanics to a long repair and the withdrawal of the twin car for an electrical problem while he was clearly in command, and the dreams of their first victory at Le Mans faded. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro n.2, with Treluyer, Lotterer and Fassler won the race with their regularity. In the next race in America, Lapierre made a mistake that compromised the victory, which led to the team’s decision to move away from the driver. Buemi and Davidson also took part in the Fuji and Shangai races and WEC World Champion 2014 were graduated. While the Japanese team won the constructors’ title in the LMP1-H category.

CHASSIS

Toyota TS040
Carbon fibre composite
Length: 4650 mm
Width: 1900 mm
Height: 1050 mm
Brakes: Carbon Fibre Discs ventilated
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Toyota 3700 cc V8, aspirated Hybrid.
Power: > 500 kW
Hybrid: > 480 kW High powered lithium ion battery developed by Toyota.
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive, all-wheel drive via KERS on the front axle.
Transmission: Transversal with seven speed sequential.
Differential: rear drive locking.
Tank Capacity: 68,5 litre
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Third in the 24 hours of Le Mans 2014 with drivers Sebastien Buemi, Nicolas Lapierre, Anthony Davidson
Race winner: 6 hours of Silverstone 2014, 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps 2014, 6 hours of Fuji 2014, 6 hours of Shangai 2014.
Winner the World Endurance Champion 2014 drivers Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson

Toyota 88C n.37 twenty-four in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1988

TOYOTA 88C n.37

TOYOTA 88C n.37

HISTORY

The Toyota 88C n.37 is a prototype that competed at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1988. Designed by the Dome the new model of the Japanese manufacturer, it replaced the Toyota 87C of the previous year. While maintaining the same engine, the 88C had a new aerodynamic shape. For 1988 the team hired Paolo Barilla, winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1985 with the Porsche 956.

Paolo Barilla, Hitoshi Ogawa and Tiff Needell at the wheel of the Toyota 88C n.37 arrived twenty-fourth in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1988, very far from the winner.

After the two retreats of 1987 caused by technical problems, Toyota ended the race with both cars. The car with the yellow and black livery of the sponsor Taka-Q, started from the tenth position and cut the finish line in twenty-fourth position with one hundred eleven laps from the Jaguar XJ-R9 LM n.2 of Lammers, Dumfries and Wallace winners of the race.

CHASSIS

Toyota 88C
Carbon fibre composite
Length: 4720 mm
Width: 1990 mm
Height: 1040 mm
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Bridgestone

ENGINE

Nissan 3S-GTM Straight 4 2140 cc
Power: 507 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission: March 85T five speed Manual
Tank Capacity: 100 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Twenty-four in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1988 with drivers Paolo Barilla, Hitoshi Ogawa, Tiff Needell

Nissan R390 GT1 n.23 twelfth in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1997

NISSAN R390 GT1 n.23

NISSAN R390 GT1 n.23

HISTORY

The Nissan R390 GT1 n.23 is a car that competed in the 1997 Le Mans 24 Hours. With the entry of new manufacturers such as McLaren and Porsche, the GT category had a big technical evolution. The Nissan in collaboration with Tom Walkinshaw Racing, put on the track a car that was based on the use of the Nissan R90 engine of the group C.

Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Erik Comas and Masahiko Kageyama with the Nissan R390 GT1 n.23 arrived twelfths to the 24 hours of Le Mans 1997, far from the winner TWR-Porsche.
Despite the excellent performance in the single lap, in the race the three R390 deployed had continuous technical problems due to overheating of the gearbox. The only one to cross the finish line was the n.23, detached from the winner of sixty-seven laps.

CHASSIS

Nissan R390 GT1
Aluminium monocoque
Length: 4720 mm
Width: 2000 mm
Height: 1090 mm
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Bridgestone

ENGINE

Nissan VRH35L 90° V8 3495 cc
Power: 485 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission: Xtrac six speed Sequential
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Twelfth in the 24 hours of Le Mans 1997 with drivers Kazuyoshi Hoshino, Erik Comas, Masahiko Kageyama

Porsche 917 L n.3 second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1970

PORSCHE 917 L n.3

PORSCHE 917 L n.3

HISTORY

The Porsche 917 L n.3 is a prototype that came in second to the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1970. The Stuttgart manufacturer presented the new 917 in 1970 in various versions, the main one was the long-tails, designed to take advantage of the long straight of the Hunaudieres but with a lot of instability in the slow corners. At Le Mans they presented a car painted in purple with random green psychedelic signs with white edges.

Gerard Larraousse and Willi Kauhsen with the Porsche 917 L n.3 came second at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1970. Twelve tenths on the grid managed to climb in third position after seven hours. At the twentieth hour, they were second and held this position behind the Porsche 917 K n.23 drivers Richard Attwood and Hans Herrmann who won the race with five laps of advantage.

CHASSIS

Porsche 917 L
Fibre glass and aluminium spaceframe
Length: 4780 mm
Width: 2033 mm
Height: 920 mm
Brakes: Ventilated steel discs
Tyres: Goodyear

ENGINE

Porsche 912.10 180° V12 4907 cc
Power: 448 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Five speed Manual
Differential: Rear differential lock
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Second at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1970 with drivers Gerard Larraousse, Willi Kauhsen

Porsche 956B n.8 third 24 Hours of Le Mans 1986 with the team Joest

PORSCHE 956B n.8

PORSCHE 956B n.8

HISTORY

The Porsche 956B n.8 is a prototype arrived third at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1986. The team Joest Racing after the victories in 1984 and 1985 again with the Porsche 956B, showed up in the new year with the same car and with the same ambitions, but the maker of Stuttgart entered its official team with the new Porsche 962. The private team of Reynhold Joest sided two cars with two different liveries.

George Follmer, John Morton and Kenper Miller with the Porsche 956B n.8 arrived third at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1986. The car had a livery that represented the American flag as a symbol of contrast to French politics. For the team Joest Racing was a podium achieved in the last hours, after halfway through the race remained without gasoline at the edge of the track and only thanks to the little reserve that had remained managed to return to the pits and start again. The other car of the team, n.7 driven by Klaus Ludwig, Paolo Barilla and John Winter, was forced to retire at mid-race due to the engine failure while he was in the lead.

CHASSIS

Porsche 956B
Aluminium monocoque
Length: 4770 mm
Width: 1930 mm
Height: 1030 mm
Brakes: Ventilated and cross-drilled discs
Tyres: Dunlop

ENGINE

Porsche 935/76 2649 cc F6 Bi-Turbo
Power: 471 kW
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive
Transmission: Manual five speed.
Tank Capacity: 100 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Third 24 hours of Le Mans 1986 with drivers George Follmer, Kenper Miller, John Morton

Ferrari 458 Italia n.51 winner class GTE PRO 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014

FERRARI 458 Italia n.51

FERRARI 458 Italia n.51

HISTORY

The Ferrari 458 Italia n.51 is the winning car of the GTE PRO class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2014. After the victory of the world title GTE PRO of 2013, the AF Corse team tried to repeat itself and trying to win back Le Mans as in 2012.

Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella won with the Ferrari 458 Italia n.51 in the GTE PRO class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014, for the trio was the second success after the one in 2012.
In the race the Italian car exploits to the maximum the reduced fuel consumption, delaying the pit stops. At the end of the race the Ferrari detached the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R n.73 driven by Magnussen, Garcia, Taylor.
At the end of the season Bruni and Vilander also won the GTE PRO riders title thanks to the victories: 6 hours of Spa, 6 hours of the Fuji and 6 hours of Bahrain.

CHASSIS

Ferrari 458 Italia
Aluminium monocoque
Length: 4518 mm
Width: 2036 mm
Height: 1160 mm
Brakes: Ventilated discs
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Ferrari 4498 cc V8 90° rear longitudinally mounted
Power: 347 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission: Hewland six speed semi automatic gearbox
Tank Capacity: 90 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner class GTE PRO at the 24 hours of Le Mans 2014 with drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella.
Race winner: 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps 2014 with drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, 6 hours of Fuji 2014 with Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander, 6 hours of Bahrain 2014 with Gianmaria Bruni, Toni Vilander.

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo n.22 not classified at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2015

NISSAN GT-R LM NISMO n.22

NISSAN GT-R LM NISMO n.22

HISTORY

The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo n.22 is a prototype that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. In 2014 the Japanese manufacturer announces its return to the world endurance in the LMP1 category with a completely different project from the other manufacturers. The car designed by Ben Bowlby had engine and traction on the front, but during the tests presented many problems that forced the team to give up the first two races of the season at Silverstone and Spa.

Tincknell, Krumm and Buncombe participated with the Nissan GT-R LM Nismo n.22 at the 24 hours of Le Mans in 2015, even if they crossed the finish line they did not manage to classify themselves due to the insufficient distance. For the Japanese it was a race full of problems with the withdrawal of the other two cars taken in the race, the n.21 retired for suspension problems while the n.23 for transmission problems. The disappointing performances led to the decision by Nissan to cancel the project in the LMP1 category.

CHASSIS

Nissan GT-R LM Nismo
Aluminium monocoque
Length: 4645 mm
Width: 1900 mm
Height: 1030 mm
Brakes:Ventilated carbon-ceramic discs
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Nissan VRX30A, bi-turbo 3000 cc V6 60°, Front, longitudinally mounted
Power: 400 kw
Drive Type: Front wheel drive.
Differential: Front differential lock
Transmission: Xtrac five speed semi-automatic gearbox
Tank Capacity: 68 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Not classified 24 hours of Le Mans 2015 with drivers Harry Tincknell, Michael Krumm, Alex Buncombe

Ford GT n.68 winner class GTE PRO 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016

FORD GT n.68

FORD GT n.68

HISTORY

The Ford GT n.68 is the winning car of the GTE PRO class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016. The car presented in Geneva in 2015 was launched for the fiftieth anniversary of the first victory at Le Mans in 1966 with the Ford GT40 n.2 with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon, and had a 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine.

Muller, Hand and Bourdais won in the GTE PRO class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2016 with the Ford GT n.68, the American car was brought in the race by the Chip Ganassi Racing team along with three other cars and got the third place class with the n.69 of Briscoe, Westbrook and Dixon, in second place came the Ferrari 488 GTE n.82 with Fisichella, Vilander and Malucelli.

CHASSIS

Ford GT
Carbon fibre monocoque
Length: 4780 mm
Width: 2000 mm
Height: 1110 mm
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Ford EcoBoost 3500 cc V6 60°
Power: 482 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission six speed sequential
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Winner class GTE PRO 24 hours of Le Mans 2016 with drivers Joey Hand, Dirk Muller, Sebastien Bourdais

Did not finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans 2071 with drivers Reinhold Joest, Willi Kauhsen

PORSCHE 917/20 n23

PORSCHE 917/20 n.23

HISTORY

The Porsche 917/20 n.23 is a car that participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1971. The prototype is an experimental version that extremeized the aerodynamics trying to achieve a middle ground between the Porsche 917 K, “Kurz” to short queue of that year and the 917LH “Langheck” long tail. Aerodynamically more stocky and less linear than the other 917, it was painted pink, and on the bodywork the cuts of the meat were drawn, with this livery, and to the less graceful forms, it was nicknamed “Pink Pig”.

Joest and Kauhsen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1971 with the Porsche 917/20 n.23, proved to be very quick in the pre-qualifying closing with the best time in the race he consistently held the lead positions. Unfortunately, halfway through the race, while trying to recover on the leading group, Joest had an accident and retired from the race. Today it is one of the main attractions of the official museum of the Stuttgart manufacturer.

CHASSIS

Porsche 917/20
Fibreglass with aluminium spaceframe.
Length: 4000 mm
Width: 2210 mm
Height: 940 mm
Brakes:Ventilated discs
Tyres: Firestone

ENGINE

Porsche 912.00 4907 cc 180° V12
Power: 448 kw
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive.
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission five speed Manual
Tank Capacity: ? lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Did not finish at the 24 hours of Le Mans 1971 with drivers Reinhold Joest, Willi Kauhsen

Porsche 919 hybrid n.1 24 hours of Le Mans 2016

PORSCHE 919 hybrid n.1

PORSCHE 919 hybrid n.1

HISTORY

The Porsche 919 hybrid n.1 with the lead Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brandon Hartley in 2016 was to defend the 2015 World Championship Endurance victory, and to seek the victory escaped the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 and won by the twin car.

The 2016 Porsche 919 hybrid is the third evolution of the initial design of 2014 is part of the LMP1-H prototype category, has two engines: a thermal fueled petrol, flanked by an electric powered by a lithium ion battery. The Porsche 919 hybrid uses two energy recovery systems, from exhaust gases and braking.
The thermal engine, a 90 cc V4 of 2000 cc, supercharged by a turbocharger, is capable of delivering a power of 370 kW. While the hybrid system brought to the Porsche 8 MJ transmitted a power of 290 kw to the front.
The chassis of the Porsche 919 hybrid is a monocoque made of carbon fiber.

Despite being the favorite for the Le Mans 24-hour victory, the Porsche 919 hybrid n.1 had a problem during the race and forced the car to a long stop. The recovery attempt failed, and I crossed the finish line in thirteenth position to 38 laps from the sister car, the Porsche n.2, winner of a race that saw yet another defeat of the Toyota, which lost the race due to a technical problem three minutes from the end while he was largely in the lead.

CHASSIS

Porsche 919
Composite fibre construction made of carbon fibres with a honeycomb aluminium core.
Length: 4650 mm
Width: 1900 mm
Height: 1050 mm
Brakes:Hydraulic dual-circuit brake system, light-alloy mono bloc brake callipers, internally vented carbon fibre rear and front brake discs, brake force distribution settings can be set progressively by the driver
Tyres: Michelin

ENGINE

Porsche 2000 V4 90° Turbo Hybrid
Power: greater of 370 kW (greater of 500 hp)
Hybrid: Lithium-ion battery
Drive Type: Rear wheel drive, all wheel drive via KERS on the front axle.
Transmission: Sequential, hydraulically activated seven speed sequential racing transmission
Differential: Rear differential lock
Transmission housing: Hybrid construction in CFRP with titanium inserts and cast aluminium housing
Tank Capacity: 62,5 lt
Fuel Type: Petrol

RESULT

Thirteenth at the 24 hours of Le Mans 2016 with drivers Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley
Race winner: 6 hour of Nurburgring 2016, 6 hour of Mexico 2016, 6 hour of America 2016, 6 hour of Shangai 2016