In 2013, this mythical race which has seen the most beautiful duels of manufacturers and drivers of the legend, will celebrate its 90th anniversary.
1923: First edition of the “24 Heures du Mans”
1930: Bentley wins for the 5th time, this is the saga of the “Bentley Boys”
1949: Luigi Chinetti wins the event with Ferrari
1955: A dreadful accident in the first hours of the race causing the death of 80 people
1967: The “Race of the Century”, 300,000 spectators throng to attend the fight of the duel Ford against Ferrari / Breaking through of the 5,000 km mark for the first time!
1970: First victory for Porsche and making of the film Le Mans with Steve McQueen
1971: Flying start and not standing start anymore
1972: Matra, Pescarolo and Graham Hill win. Hill is the only driver having won in Le Mans, in Indianapolis and being F1 world champion
1980: Rondeau becomes the first driver who wins in Le Mans driving his own car
1988: Speed record of 405 km/h by the prototype WM with a Peugeot engine
1991: Victory of Mazda, first and only Japanese manufacturer having won the event
1998: 16th and last victory of Porsche. A record!
2002: Making of the film Michel Vaillant
2006: First victory of a diesel engine in Le Mans
2008: Tom Kristensen wins for the 8th time the event with Audi
2010: Lap record by the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP in 3’19”074, which means 246.463 km/h on average
2011: 13.85’’ difference on the finishing line between the winning Audi and the Peugeot
2012: A hybrid car puts its name on the list of winners: the Audi R18 e-tron quattro
2013: Victory of the Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by the Duval / Kristensen / McNish. Nb: Ninth victory of Tom Kristensen, winners recordman.
Alfa Romeo – Aston Martin – Audi – Bentley – BMW – Bugatti – Ferrari – Ford– Jaguar– Matra – Mazda –McLaren – Mercedes – Peugeot – Porsche – Renault...
Bob Wolleck - Derek Bell – Graham Hill – Henri Pescarolo – Jacky Ickx – Mario Andretti – Paul Newman – Steve McQueen – Tom Kristensen...