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Petit Le Mans Teaser 2012

Ladies and gentleman... start your engines! Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda Oct. 17-20, 2012 at Road Atlanta.


 


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Le Mans - 1955 - Race report
The 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans began on 11 June 1955, with Pierre Levegh behind the wheel of the #20 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR run by Daimler-Benz. American John Fitch was Levegh's assigned partner in the car, and he would take over driving duties later. Competition between Mercedes, Jaguar, Ferrari, Aston Martin and Maserati was close, with all the marques fighting for the top positions early on. The race was extremely fast, with lap records being repeatedly broken.[1] At the end of Lap 35, Levegh was following Mike Hawthorn's leading Jaguar D-type, just as they were entering the pit straight. Hawthorn had just passed Lance Macklin's slower Austin-Healey 100 when he belatedly noticed a pit signal to stop for fuel. Hawthorn slowed suddenly in an effort to stop rather than make another lap. Hawthorn's Jaguar, with the new disc brakes, slowed much more quickly than other cars using drum brakes, such as Levegh's Mercedes. The sudden, unexpected braking by Hawthorn caused Macklin in the Healey to hit his brakes, throwing up a small cloud of dust in front of Levegh, who trailed close behind. Macklin then swerved across the centre of the track, attempting to re-pass the slowing Jaguar, but also apparently out of control.[1] Macklin had not noticed both Levegh and Juan Manuel Fangio, in another 300 SLR, approaching rapidly from behind. Fangio was in second place at the time, but directly behind, and attempting to lap Levegh. Levegh, ahead of Fangio on the track, did not have time to react. Levegh's car made contact with the left rear of Macklin's car as he closed rapidly (at about 150 mph) upon the slowed car. When Levegh hit the Austin-Healey from behind, his car became airborne, soaring towards the left side of the track, where it landed atop the earthen embankment separating spectators from the track itself. Levegh's 300 SLR struck the mound at such speed and angle that it was launched into a somersault, which caused some parts of the car, already damaged and loosened by the collision, to be flung from the vehicle at very great speeds. This included the bonnet and the front axle, both of which separated from the frame and flew through the crowd. The bonnet decapitated tightly jammed spectators like a guillotine.[3] With the front of the spaceframe chassis—and thus crucial engine mounts—destroyed, the car's heavy engine block also broke free and hurtled into the crowd. Spectators who had climbed onto trestle tables to get a better view of the track found themselves in the direct path of the lethal debris.[1] Levegh was also thrown free of the tumbling car, fatally crushing his skull when he landed. As the remains of the 300 SLR slowed its somersault, the rear-mounted fuel tank ruptured. The ensuing fuel fire raised the temperature of the remaining Elektron bodywork past its ignition temperature, which due to its high magnesium content was lower than for other metal alloys. The alloy burst into white-hot flames, sending searing embers onto the track and into the crowd. Rescue workers, totally unfamiliar with how to attack a magnesium fire, poured water on the inferno -- greatly intensifying the fire. As a result, the car burned for several hours. Official accounts put the death total at 84 (83 spectators plus Levegh), either by flying debris or from the fire, with a further 120 injured. Other observers estimated the toll to be much higher. Fangio, driving behind Levegh, narrowly escaped the heavily damaged Austin-Healey, which was now skidding to the right of the track, across his path. Macklin then hit the pit wall and bounced back to the left, crossing the track again. He struck the barrier near the location of the now burning 300 SLR, causing the death of another single spectator, although Macklin survived the incident without serious injury. The race was continued, officially in order to prevent departing spectators from crowding the roads and slowing down ambulances. An emergency meeting of the Daimler-Benz board of directors was convened by midnight at the request of John Fitch.[4] Mindful of sensitivities involving German cars in a French race just 10 years after the end of World War II, they decided to pull out as a sign of respect to the victims. Eight hours after the accident, while leading the race, the Mercedes team withdrew the cars of Juan Manuel Fangio/Stirling Moss and Karl Kling/André Simon. Mercedes invited Jaguar to also retire, but they declined. Mike Hawthorn and the Jaguar team, led by motorsport manager Lofty England, kept racing. Hawthorn won the race with teammate Bueb.





2011 Petit Le Mans - Dirk Werner - in-car
Spend some quality time around Road Atlanta with BMW Team RLL driver Dirk Werner and the No. 55 M3 GT during practice for the 14th annual Petit Le Mans. Having already clinched the Team and Driver championships, the team is racing for a second consecutive Manufacturer's title for BMW and the Tire crown for Dunlop. September 29, 2011





Corvette Racing's Tommy Milner, Petit Le Mans - /DRIVER'S EYE
Filmed during practice sessions for Petit Le Mans 2013, the last ALMS race, Tommy Milner pilots his Corvette C6.R in poor conditions around the Road Atlanta Circuit.





24h Le Mans 2014 Audi R18 #3 Toyota TS040 #8 Crash In Rain
24h Le Mans 2014 Audi R18 #3 Toyota TS040 #8 Crash In Rain With Ferrari





Mike Skeen: BMW E36 M3 at Road Atlanta
Mike Skeen driving a BMW M3 (E36) at Road Atlanta during the Chin Motorsports event, August 29, 2009. The car has the usual Bimmerworld prepared class setup with minimal power upgrades (~230whp).





2011 Petit Le Mans - Tommy Milner - Night Practice
Helmet cam video from Thursday night practice at Petit Le Mans. Shows really pretty well how much we can see in the car at night. http://www.tommymilner.com http://www.facebook.com/TommyMilnerFanPage @TommyMilner





Teaser Le Mans Classic 2014
Le Mans Classic naît en 2002 d'une idée que l'on peut à l'époque qualifier d'intrépide ! En effet, penser faire renaître, le temps d'un week-end, un demi-siècle de l'histoire des 24 Heures du Mans, grandeur nature, telle une gigantesque fresque vivante, il fallait oser ! Et prétendre à un projet d'une telle envergure en a laissé plus d'un sceptique... Mais quand on réalise le rêve de milliers de passionnés, celui de remonter le temps pour revivre le mythe, retrouver ses figures emblématiques et ses voitures de légende ; et si ses initiateurs sont l'Automobile Club de l'Ouest, créateur et organisateur des 24 Heures du Mans et Peter Auto créateur et promoteur de nombreux événements historiques ; l'entreprise parait moins aléatoire... Le succès immédiat de cet évènement qui a conquis 30 000 spectateurs dès la première année et presque 100 000 en 2010 est la preuve que la passion du sport automobile autorise toutes les audaces, et qu'au service du plaisir et de l'émotion, celles-ci sont même de mise. Sur sa lancée, Le Mans Classic s'apprête, pour la sixième fois, à faire entrer le rêve dans la réalité pour continuer à étonner toutes les générations.





2012 ALMS Petit Le Mans Full Race Part 1/2 [HD]
The final race of the American Le Mans Series at Road Atlanta. Petit Le Mans. 2012 ALMS Petit Le Mans full race part 1 of 2





ALMS Petit Le Mans 2012 Onboard Richard Lietz
Onboard from the #48 Paul Miller Porsche 911 GT3 RSR with Porsche factory driver Richard Lietz.





2012 Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta - /TRACKSIDE
You know the drill guys. Bringing you closer to tens of thousands of horsepower, hundreds of liters of engine displacement, countless fragments of shredded rubber, unbelievable noise, and many miles traversed. This is TRACKSIDE at the 2012 Petit LeMans, Road Atlanta.





Resident Evil? Diesel power in a Porsche Panamera - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
The world thinks the Panamera is ugly, and that no Porsche should be powered by a diesel engine. So the Panamera diesel makes people froth with anger - mainly because they think it isn't fast enough. Chris investigates.





Flat Out In a Le Mans Winning Porsche 962 - /CHRIS HARRIS ON CARS
This car belongs to the Porsche Museum. It is worth millions of dollars. And they let me spank it at their Weissach test track. Good times.





McLaren P1 unveil at the Paris Motor Show 2012
27/09/2012 McLaren Automotive and Group Executive Chairman Ron Dennis and McLaren Automotive Managing Director Antony Sheriff unveil the new P1 at Mondial de l'Automobile 2012 in Paris. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest new, photos, and video.





Le Mans 24 Hours 2012 Teaser Movie





Petit Le Mans 2011
Songs by INowhereboy. Hipster and Skull Snappin http://soundcloud.com/nowhereboy/nowhere-boy-hipster http://soundcloud.com/nowhereboy/skull-snappin WELCOME! To the greatest ALMS race of each year, the Petit Le Mans hosted by Road Atlanta! It was the "first" cold day of the year. I was awake by 5:30am, drove up to friends house, left his house at 6:15am, arrived at track for a ALMS Photographers meeting by 8am, meeting lasted an hour, received my vest, and headed to turn 1, and waited for an hour. It was a very long race, and I recorded all that I could. Worst thing to ever happen however; for those that DID watch the race, yes there were a few accidents around the course. I missed ALL of them. Yes, ALL of them. Every turn I left, an accident occurred less than 10 minutes afterwards, how can it get worse than that? Anyways, first cold day of the coming season, it was in the 40s, got up to 60s during the day, next day I was sunburnt. Hope you enjoy!





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