With more than 90 years of age, 24 hours Le Mans is now the oldest and most prestigious automobile race in the world. Held annually since 1923 in the town of Le Mans – France, the Le Mans 24-hour race has been dubbed the battle of endurance and efficiency. Here the riders will have to compete continuously for 24 hours.
At the beginning of the 20th century, when the Grand Prix races were held all over Europe, the organizers wanted to give fans a new breeze, a race that was completely different from the speed races. contemporary So 24-hour Le Mans was born with the criteria of “durable examination, not quick test”.
Under the June heat, the race will last from noon the next day until noon the next day. Within 24 hours, the cars will have to run more than 5,000 km, 18 times more than the current Formula 1 race.
This is indeed a challenge for both drivers and cars. Riders and technical support staff must calculate carefully to distribute evenly between speed and durability. Only a minor failure in the engine will put an end to the race that year. In addition, there are countless consumable materials such as gasoline, brake pads, tires …
Each driver must run for at least 2 consecutive hours to stop to change people. Each team will have up to 3 drivers to alternate one after another. Drivers can rest and eat for a period of time and when it is their turn to return to the track.
Initially, the rules of the competition do not specify the number of drivers and the playing time of each driver. Most teams use only 2 substitutes. However, there were cases where riders tried to complete the competition alone so that there was no time to change people. This behavior was later banned because of safety concerns.
In 1983, regulations required each team to have at least 3 riders. Later, when the speed of the cars increased, the pressure on the riders was also larger, so the organizers added that in the 6-hour cycle no driver could run more than 4 hours and in the whole tournament. not more than 14 hours. Currently most teams use 3 drivers.