Posts tagged Le Mans
King Wrong - 1975 Ford Gran Torino NASCAR

The car’s undeniable star power raised expectations, but the team swiftly found out the Torino didn’t exactly take kindly to the French countryside. As expected, the car was right at home on the 6 kilometer (3.7 mile) long Mulsanne straight, but found itself agitated on any section of track even slightly twistier than that.

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Silent Savior - 2007 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP

In the R10, Audi used a traditional Vee-angle of 60 degrees between the cylinder banks. For a V12, this was the ideal layout, giving smooth power delivery from evenly spaced firing intervals. Peugeot on the other hand, decided differently. Keeping in mind the weight penalty of a diesel engine over a petrol-fed unit, the company opted for a 100 degree angle, making the engine nearly flat.

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Beautiful Nightmare - 1968 Alpine A220

Luckily, French engine wizard Amédée Gordini had a perfect solution to this problem. The last prototype Alpine had raced, the A210, featured a 140 horsepower 1.5L twin-cam four cylinder developed by Gordini himself.

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Paradise Lost - 1968 BRE Toyota JP6 Prototype

Help arrived in the form of American luminary engineer, designer and race driver Pete Brock, the man responsible for the 1963 Chevrolet Corvette Sting Ray and the Ferrari-bashing Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. Brock had recently given up his position at Shelby after Ford pushed its GT40 program forward, leaving him with little creative input.

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