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.
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.
The number made by the winning Porsche in 2016.
The amount of time an LMP1 engine spends at full load during the race
852.48 kWh of energy