The world’s most famous endurance car race takes place this weekend. It’s an unforgiving battle on an epic scale – as these mind-boggling stats show

Twenty-four hours. One day. That’s all that separates the 60 cars that will roll into action at the Circuit de la Sarthe at 3pm local time on Saturday afternoon from victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Of course, it’s not that simple. Those 24 hours will be spent battling rivals around the fast and demanding 8.47-mile circuit.

The fight will last right to the end as well. Last year, a Toyota TS050 Hybrid prototype was leading the race with less than five minutes to go when a defect on the air line leading to the turbo caused it to grind to a halt, handing glory to the rival Porsche team.

Porsche and Toyota are both back this year and, with Audi having quit prototype sportscar racing at the end of the 2016 season, they are set to face off for glory.

But Le Mans is about more than just how many hours the racing lasts. We’ve dug out some other fascinating stats about the biggest sportscar race in the world.

22,984 gearchanges

The number made by the winning Porsche in 2016.

17hr 17min

The amount of time an LMP1 engine spends at full load during the race

852.48 kWh of energy

The amount recovered by the winning 919 Hybrid during the race — enough to power a typical UK home for three months.

2.5 million

The number of times an LMP1 car’s wheel rotates during the race.


The amount of data sent from a Porsche 919 Hybrid to the pits during the race.

3.2 hours

Number of hours each Porsche driver spends on a massage bed during the race

200 hotel rooms

The number booked by Toyota for team members, sponsors and staff.

2750 meals

How many will be served in Toyota’s hospitality area during the event


The number of spectators for the race weekend.



Engine 2.0, 4 cyls, V4, turbo Engine Power 500bhp Hybrid 8MJ hybrid system, lithium ion battery Hybrid Power 394bhp Overall Power 894bhp Gearbox 7-spd sequential Cars entered 2

Le Mans 24 Hours record

First works entry 1951 Outright wins 18 Class wins 102


Engine 2.4, 6 cyls, V6, twin-turbo Engine Power 493bhp Hybrid 8MJ hybrid system, lithium ion battery Hybrid Power 493bhp Overall Power 986bhp Gearbox 6-spd sequential Cars entered 3

Le Mans 24 Hours record

First works entry 1985 Outright wins 0 Class wins 0

Our Verdict

Toyota GT86

This light, uncomplicated coupé promises so much. Can the Toyota GT86 deliver?

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16 June 2017
Cool. The Toyota is a 4 cylinder V6. Cunningly advanced.

16 June 2017
That is indeed a breakthrough.
Happy motoring

16 June 2017
It's a pity that they have moved away from days when a couple of blokes in a Mini-Marcos or an MGB could be in the race with Ferrari prototypes or such. Things are a bit more extreme now, and I can understand that, but it's a shame.

17 June 2017
The GT class cars miraculously dissappeared in AutoCar's eyes. One of the questions IMO: will Ford score a consecutive win like it did in the '60's with its stunning GT?

18 June 2017
I have unavoidably watched about 4 hours of this on eurosport.

The Hybrids are irredeemably hideous cars. Really look away ugly. As as for the noise. Hoover v Dyson.

Watching geeks play self-indulgent games is painfully far away from the drama of a 956.

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