AUSmotive: Allan McNish crash Le Mans 2011 (HD)
Allan McNish in the #3 Audi R18 TDI was involved in a horrific accident in the 2011 Le Mans 24 hour race. McNish made contact with the #58 Ferrari and crashed heavily into the barriers just after the Dunlop bridge. Thankfully he was able to walk away with no major injury.
Allan McNish's massive accident, le Mans 24h 2011 (HD)
Allan Mcnish had a massive crash during the 1st hour of the Le Mans 24h race. He tried to pass his teammate Timo Bernhard (Audi R18) but Anthony Beltoise (Ferrari) didn't see him and this is the result...
The video can be view in High Definition and you can also hear the track commentator getting scared as hell.
Le Mans 2011 Audi Car 1 crash Mike Rockenfeller
Massive crash as it happens between Audi #1 and the Ferrari #71
Rockenfeller had got out of the car on his own, so is mostly OK as far as we know at the moment. Heard that he is walking and talking, and has gone to the hospital for a precautionary full body scan.
Skip to 3:35 for the onboard view of the crash.
Can see the stretcher waiting next to the barrier at 2:50, he is still behind the barrier at this point I believe.
Second video up with an additional angle of the crash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAu3pMgmvpU
Sounds of American LeMans! 2011 Sebring
http://xrm150.blogspot.com For more video & High quality pictures! Just some clips I took while at the 12hrs of Sebring in 2011. These cars are so addictive. Wish I got more audio from the paddock area before the race but I was sleeping in my car. Oh well....there is always next year.
Le Mans 2011 Audi Car 1 crash Mike Rockenfeller Video #2
Massive crash between Audi #1 and the Ferrari #71?
Rockenfeller had got out of the car on his own, so is mostly OK. Heard that he is walking and talking, and has gone to the hospital for a precautionary full body scan.
Appears from this angle that the two cars didn't make contact.
Original Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-4nux9FFK0
Worst Crash Ever - 24 Hours of Le Mans - 1955 (HD)
The 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans began on June 11, 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. After just over two hours of racing and approximately 6:26 pm local time, Levegh was following Mike Hawthorn's leading Jaguar D-type along the pit straight at the end of Lap 35. Hawthorn had just passed Lance Macklin's slower Austin-Healey 100 when Hawthorn began slowing to make a pit stop. Hawthorn, whose Jaguar had disc brakes, slowed much more quickly than other competitors using drum brakes, such as Levegh's Mercedes. The sudden braking by Hawthorn caused the recently passed Austin-Healey to swerve to the centre of the track, attempting to repass the slowing Jaguar. Unfortunately, Lance Macklin had not noticed both Pierre Levegh and Juan Manuel Fangio, in another 300 SLR, approaching quickly from behind. Fangio was in second place at the time and attempting to lap Levegh.
Levegh, being 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 came quickly upon the slowed car. The aerodynamic design of the Austin-Healey featured a long, ramp-like rear bodywork. When Levegh hit the Austin-Healey from behind, his car became airborne, soaring towards the left side of the track, where it impacted an earthen mound set on the side of the track to protect spectators.
The 300 SLR struck the mound at such speed and angle that it was launched into a somersault, which caused loosened and damaged parts of the car to be flung away from the car. This included the bonnet and the front axle, both of which separated from the frame and landed in the crowd. With the front of the spaceframe chassis—and thus crucial engine mounts—destroyed, the car's heavy engine block also broke free and slammed into the crowd. Levegh was also thrown free of the somersaulting car, fatally crushing his skull when he landed.
As the remains of the 300 SLR slowed its somersault, the fuel tank, situated behind Levegh's seat, ruptured. The ensuing fuel fire raised the temperature of the remaining Elektron bodywork past its flashpoint, which due to its high magnesium content was already very low. Magnesium's properties mean that a combustion in oxygen is possible at relatively low temperatures, allowing the alloy to burst into white hot flames, sending searing embers onto the track and into the crowd. Rescue workers attempting to put out the burning wreckage were initially unsuccessful, as they unknowingly used water on the magnesium fire, which only intensified the inferno. As a result, the car burned for several hours. In total, 80 spectators were killed either by flying parts or from the fire.
Fangio, driving behind Levegh, narrowly escaped the heavily damaged Austin-Healey which was now skidding to the right of the track, in his path. Macklin then hit the pit wall and bounced back to the left, crossing the track again. He impacted the barrier near the location of the now burning 300 SLR, leading to the death of another single spectator, although Macklin survived the incident
2011 24 Hours of Le Mans: Allan McNish Talks About His Accident with the Audi R18 TDI
During the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Audi R18 TDI driven by Audi Sport driver Allan McNish was destroyed in an accident near the fabled Dunlop bridge. Fortunately Allan was left basically unhurt. At 1PM, two hours before the end of the race, Allan spoke with the press about his experience and his thoughts on the subject. This is a video of that press conference.
Хаос на старте!!! Первая гонка серии Ле-Ман 2011- Le Castellet
Первая гонка серии Ле-Ман 2011 -- 6 часовая Ле Кастелле, началась сегодня с опасного инцидента, вызванного ошибкой автомобиля безопасности вызвавшего большую пробку в зоне разгона. Благодаря образовавшейся неразберихе, едущие в хвосте автомобили не видели ничего, что происходит впереди колонны, кроме зеленого света начала гонки.
Когда стартовала Ле Кастелле и огни стали зелеными, машина безопасности не покинула область гонки. К счастью, для ее водителя гонщик Ауди увидел эту ошибку и резко замедлился.
Остальные же гонщики, думая гонка началась, начали разгоняться, но встретились с намного более медленным движением впереди. Получающиеся панические остановки привели к столпотворению, из-за которого, по крайней мере, один Порше Farnbacher-Loles выбыл из гонки прежде, чем она началась.