What are the lights on the side of Le Mans cars?
These are apparently called “leader lights”, and they indicate that the car is currently in the top three in its class. If you have one leader light on, you’re currently 1st in your class; two leader lights means you’re 2nd; three means you’re 3rd; and if they’re all off, that means you’re 4th or below.
Why are there two types of cars in Le Mans?
In LM P1 the cars are out-and-out prototypes, while in GTE Pro they are derived from series production models so promoting the make and the car is a much more direct operation. Each manufacturer has invested the necessary resources for the 86th event by entering at least two cars.
What type of cars are used in Le Mans?
Le Mans cars which have indisputable performance credentials, and a packed trophy cabinet to back them up.
- 1970 Porsche 917. Porsche has always been known for dominating the race circuits.
- 2013 Audi R18.
- 1995 McLaren F1 GTR.
- 1966 Ford GT40.
- 1964 Ferrari 250 LM.
- 1954 Jaguar D-Type.
- 1982 Porsche 956.
- 1991 Peugeot 905.
Do drivers eat during Le Mans?
“Generally speaking, drivers eat after their stint because while their teammate is driving, they can eat, digest and go to sleep a bit. They will eat up until 11 p.m. and then will no longer eat up until around 5/6 a.m. If they were to eat, they would digest and be more subject to drowsiness and fatigue.
Why do racing drivers flash their lights?
Flashing can indicate the intention to overtake or pass another driver, or to signal a driver who has just overtaken that he or she can now return to the original lane. Flashing can request or insist that a leading driver speed up or change lanes to get out of the way of a faster following driver.
Why do IMSA drivers flash their headlights?
When racers flash their headlights it usually means only one thing, and that is “move out of my way”. If you are a lapped car or the car behind you is in a faster class then flashing headlights will be a signal to let you know that they’re passing and to keep out of the way.
Are LMP cars faster than F1?
As you may have noticed, the LMP1 car accelerates much faster than a Formula 1 car. The F1 car can go from 0-60 in 2.5 seconds, but the LMP1 car does the same in 1.9 seconds. The sheer downforce that a Formula 1 car is able to produce in cornering means that it can corner at a much faster speed than an LMP1 car.