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Top Le Mans Cars Review

By Louis Rix

Even if motoring is not in your blood you will have probably heard of Le Mans. The annual race which lasts for 24 hours takes place to put the world’s racing car manufacturers to test. For the last few years Audi and Peugeot have been vying for the spoils, but with such a long and prestigious history it will come as no surprise to find there have been some innovative and powerful cars over the decades.

Here is a list of the top 10 Le Mans cars of all-time.

1999 BMW V12 LMR

The BMWV12 LMR from 1999 is one of the most aesthetically appealing Le Mans cars of all time and it is also one of the most successful, having won the famous race in 1999. The car was a far cry from the 1998 effort which didn’t match the company’s high expectations regarding performance.

They all say that the good looking cars are often the fastest – surely this V12 LMR proves that.

Audi R10 TDI

Why is the Audi R10 one of the all-time greats? Because it was the first diesel-powered racer to win at Le Mans. It was so dominant, Peugeot decided to follow suit the year later and the two manufacturers have been battling for the podium ever since.

It is probably the most well-known modern Le Mans racer thanks to its success during 2006 to 2008. It is a living legend type of car.

Jaguar XJR-9 Le Mans

A British car winning at Le Mans is always a popular win purely because the British motoring enthusiasts love the annual event, but when Jaguar won the 1988 race with this deep purple XJR-9, they really did experience euphoria. It was Jaguar’s first win at the Circuit de la Sarthe since 1957.

The car was also something of a sneak peak of the performance credentials Jaguar wanted to pass on to their supercar a few years later dubbed the XJ220.

Bugatti Type 57G Le Mans

Bugatti’s French roots means that they have a special place in the race’s history, but when their Type 57 won the annual endurance race twice between the First and Second World War, it engraved Bugatti’s place in motorsport history forever.

And to do it in such a car as the Type 57G meant they were doing it in style, too.

Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Le Mans

Ever wondered why Alfa Romeo chose 8C as the name for its most modern and performance-orientated sports car? Well it’s all due to this car, the 8C 2300 Le Mans. This Le Mans car was unbeaten between 1931 and 1934 at Le Mans and also saw success at the Targa Florio.

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Jaguar D-Type

Is this the most well-known Le Mans racer of all-time? There is no denying Jaguar’s D-Type pedigree or speed, but it was the aesthetics which really stole the motorsport fan’s hearts.

Winning Le Mans is not easy, but Jaguar were able to do this with the D-Type. It remains one of the most recognisable Le Mans racers ever.

Bentley Speed 6

Bentley has a rich and successful history at Le Mans and the Speed 6 was one that many fans remember well.

Winning at the Circuit de la Sarthe in 1929 and 1930 meant that the Speed 6 would be immortalised forever as a true Le Mans legend.

Ford GT40

The Ford GT40 is probably the real star of all the Le Mans cars. The 1960’s were very kind to motoring enthusiasts because the cars were powerful and competitive, but none more so than the GT40.

It must have been dominant because the GT40 beat Ferrari at Le Mans for several years.

Audi R8

Driven by Tom Kristensen, the most successful Le Mans driver of all-time, Audi’s R8 Le Mans car beat the competition in the early 2000s. It has been used by Audi as a platform for its more recent Le Mans projects, but this was seen as a blueprint for the modern racers.

Porsche 917

The Porsche 917 Le Mans racer was drenched in Gulf colours and cost Porsche a lot of money to produce, but it was worth it, as the 917 won at Le Mans twice.

There have been lots of Le Mans racers over the decades but the Porsche 917 remains one of the most recognisable cars ever.

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