The track, barren. Tire smoke, cleared. Pits, empty.
This years Le Mans 24 Hours was unprecedented with two huge records being set.
The first is obvious, for the first time in 80 runs of this race a hybrid car won, the Audi R18 e-tron. In competition was the Toyota TS030 (LMP1 class) which suffered some unfortunate turns of events. The first car was a wash, a few hours in to the race it had a massive crash with a Ferrari 458 (GTE class) that destroyed the car, even it's driver, Anthony Davidson, came out injured. A fractured spine sent him in to the hospital and ended the teams run in Le Mans. The second TS030 suffered some damage in touching with another car and never was in full functioning order, it's run ended about halfway through the race.
|Let's be honest, these were the only ones we cared about.|
Except for when the TS030 clipped it and ruined it's rear suspension.
Below is some links for everyone to read and a really interesting video from Baretzky, the inventor of the reigning engines for Audi Sport.
Baretzky Video: http://tiny.cc/1s7kgw
TS030 Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8jJB6viADM
DeltaWing Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJAiZVuC3YI
Le Mans stats: http://www.lemanslive.com/Lemanslive/Evenements/2012-Le-Mans-24-Hours/Live