Top 10 fun facts about 24 hours of Le Mans
The 24 hours of Le Mans gets underway soon. This year there are some changes in the race itself. The cars have changed some in their designs. The race will begin on June 15th. Some internet and TV providers will provide coverage of the 24 hours of Le Mans live stream. Therefore, you cannot miss the action of this race.
We have picked some of the most interesting and fun facts about the 24 hours of Le Mans race. You may find that some of them are interesting and you may learn some new cool facts.
- The first 24 hours of Le Mans was in 1923. It was on May 26th and 27th. There were 33 cars that entered the race that year. This race was driven by mostly French drivers in French cars. Only three teams were not classified as finishers after 24 hours.
- The Le Mans race itself is named after the old town in France, which is the birthplace of famous Frenchmen.
- The worst motorsport accident at Le Mans was in 1955. Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes hit the back of Lance Macklin’s car. The car rammed the bank and exploded. The engine flew in the grandstand, killing 80 people. Levegh died instantly and Mercedes was taken out of the race.
- There are 50 cars that compete every year in the 24 hours of Le Mans race.
- Jacky Ickx has won the Le Mans race six times. He won in 1969, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1981 and 1982.
- Porsche has won the most races at the Le Mans. They have won 7 consecutive ones.
- Traditionally the race always begins at 4:00 on Saturday.
- The record for the fastest average speed is 138.13 mph. It was established in 1971 by a Porsche 917.
- Over 258,000 spectat5ors were watching live last year.
- 110 million worldwide viewers were watching from home or elsewhere last year. 46.8 million in France.