24-Hours of LeMans:

Audi Diesel Power Again Dominates LeMans

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The French are a different bunch of people. The 24 Hours of LeMans, run the weekend of June 16, took place in a small industrial city, nearly an hour south of Paris via high-speed train. The town is of little interest to tourists with the exception of the 24 Hour race, which takes place over ordinary town roads. But don’t let the sleepy little town fool you. It takes brass balls to step into the cockpit of a LeMans racer. “Le Mans is quite rightly billed as the hardest race in the world,” said Allan McNish, a former Formula One driver who has raced here seven times and who won in 1998.

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“In this 24-hour period, we will average more than 200 kilometers per hour, including all of the pit stops,” he said. “The car will complete nearly 5,200 kilometers – which is the equivalent of a Grand Prix season in one day. It will do that without a change of the engine, without changing the brake pads or discs, without changing the gearbox, without a change in the suspension or anything.”


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Let's Talk Cars: Why LeMans is the Best Race of the Year

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The 24 Hours of LeMans is arguably the greatest motorsport event of the year and VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant Jim Hossack are going to tell you why. By the way, Audi won with a diesel powered racer.
Not only is LeMans a great spectacle for racing fans, it’s also a must see for the average American car buyer. You’d be surprised what a tricked out, exotic, 200-mile-per-hour European race car can offer in the way of practical advice when choosing your next vehicle. Jim and David take on that subject as well this week.
Show Rundown
00:50 Why Le Mans Rocks – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack
11:58 How Le Mans’ Exotic Race Cars can Help us Choose our Next Car or Truck – VehicleVoice contributor David Barrett and AutoPacific Vice President and Senior Consultant, Jim Hossack


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