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Endurance Racing Series 24H LeMans Car Test 2016

Challenges of the 24H LeMans race 2016:
Like usually two weeks before the main start, the first preliminary LeMans car test day of the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2016 from World endurance racing series Championship was held on Sunday, June 5 at the Circuit de la Sarthe. And who can beat Porsche this year in main LeMans LMP1 category? Also, whether can new arrivals, like Ford GT and Ferrari 488, be competitive against the six-time winner of the race in the GT PRO class Corvette racing team? Well controlled, the newcomer could pose serious problems for Corvette C7R.

2016 Corvette Racing C7r LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Corvette Racing C7r #63

LeMans Cars

Le Mans LMP1 Category Resultats

Since 2016, Audi and Toyota launched two 100% new models, to overcome the Porsche 919, which had dominated the event in 2015. For this reason, Audi R18 engineers designed a new very radical aerodynamic shape for their car. And as a result, the crew of the Audi 8 (Lucas di Grassi, Loïc Duva, Oliver Jarvis) set the fastest time of the day in 3:21.375. But five seconds slower,  than pole position time of last year, particularly due to the decline in gasoline allowance for LMP1.

Audi R18 e Tron Quattro LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Audi R18 e-Tron Quattro #8

And behind,  the two factories Porsche 919 are at about one second from the leading Audi.

Porsche 919 hybrid 2016 LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Porsche 919 hybrid 2016 #2

Distanced from last year endurance racing series 2015, Toyota is in better form. Toyota performed a technical 180° turn. The Japanese brand abandons aspirated V8 and the supercapacitor. Instead, the TS050 has a turbocharged V6 and lithium-ion batteries on board. what allows to him join the class of 8 MJ, in which Toyota already snorted its rivals. The TS050 are 1.5 seconds from the leaders.

Toyota TS050 2016 LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Toyota TS050 #6

Endurance Racing Series GT

In GT racing category, the Corvette is in form. Official Chevrolet Corvette C7R #63 (Corvette Racing) of Magnussen, Taylor, and Garcia set the fastest time

Chevy Corvette C7 2016 LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Chevy Corvette C7 #63

By economies require, the three ‘factories’ teams bring only two cars each at Le Mans endurance racing series this year. What relegates overall winners of last year Nick Tandy in the GT category. His Porsche 911 RSR #91 from Porsche Motorsport set second time 3:55.402.

2016 Porsche GT3 RSR LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Porsche GT3 RSR #91

Finally, two new cars are introduced in this class: the Ferrari 488 GTE and especially the spectacular Ford GT.

2016 Ferrari 488 GTE Risi Competizione Team USA LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Ferrari 488 GTE

Obviously, this reinterpretation of the Ford GT40 marks a long awaited return of the blue oval on the Sarthe racing track, exactly 50 years after the first win of his glorious predecessor.

2016 Ford GT LM GTE LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Ford GT LM GTE

Well controlled, the newcomer could pose serious problems for Corvette racing team, that had won last year race at GTEPro category.

2016 LMP2 Category

In the LMP2 category, it is the Oreca-Nissan #33 from the  Eurasia Motorsport, especially driven by Tristan Gommendy, who captured the fastest time of the day.

Oreca Nissan #33 from the Eurasia Motorsport 2016 LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

Oreca Nissan Eurasia Motorsport

In this class, the first 13 cars are separated by 4 seconds.

Alpine LeMans car at Endurance Racing Series 24H circuit de la Sarthe

 24H LeMans Car Video Test 2016

All World endurance racing series Championship LeMans cars at Test day 2016 video

LE MANS CIRCUIT 2016 modification

While the Le Mans track for endurance racing series itself does not change and keeps its length of 13.629 km, the Sarthe circuit has undergone some changes.
The construction of 4 new stands at the end of the pit lane
The creation of a traffic circle and changing the spectator area in Arnage
The establishment of a gravel pit outside the Porsche curves

 2016 Endurance Racing Series 24H Le Mans 2016 boxes circuit de la Sarthe

Fastest lap ever done on the current track belongs to the Swiss Neel Jani. Last year, he signed the pole position at the wheel of his LeMans car Porsche 919 Hybrid with a time of 3: 16,887, an average of 249.2 km/h.

Endurance Racing Series

Le Mans cars 2015

The official record – that is made during the race of endurance racing series   – belongs to André Lotterer 3: 17,475 (248.46 km/h)

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