Country roads make up the majority of this famous racing course. It currently measures 13.6 kilometers, with more than 9 kilometers of the course closed to road traffic only during the race. This year’s course is the fourteenth variant to be driven. The most radical change was made in 1990 when the Mulsanne straight was slowed by the addition of two chicanes. Drivers used to be able to go full speed ahead for 5.8 kilometers. And so in 1971, for example, a
Nine of the top ten places in the overall rankings in 1983 went to the
With a fabulous average speed of 251.815 km/h, Hans-Joachim Stuck drove what is still the fastest lap time. He did so with a 962 C factory car in the qualifying back in 1985. The record may well last forever, thanks to the chicanes that were subsequently installed on the course.
The year 1966 marked the first time that a
A total of 812
The race traditionally takes place in June around the summer solstice, when the nights are the shortest. On June 14 in 2014, the sun will set at 9:55 p.m. and rise again at 5:53 a.m. on June 15. There will then be another nine hours and seven minutes until the finish.
With 16 overall wins and 103 class wins,
Up to and including 1969, the famous “Le Mans start” required drivers to run across the starting stretch to their cars, which were already lined up in position. Following a standing start in 1970, the race has since begun with a flying start.