… a new video from Stereoscreen showcasing BMW’s touring car racing history.
Need we say more? Now feel the emotion.
What more? See beautiful pictures of the players here – Cars of N24 2014
Here’s a car – a race car – that rips through the air. There are few cars today that produce such a sound as this Ferrari 312PB. The screams are produced by a Ferrari developed flat-12 boxer engine. Yup, a boxer engine. This car was developed specifically for FIA prototype racing, especially after losing to Porsche 917 race car in the early 1970’s. This car was unfortunate in claiming victory over the competition but it won over our ears and sensations. Let’s turn it over to Petrolicious who had the opportunity to capture this historic banshee.
Yup, its the classic Group C Charge Mazda 787B that we want to share. You’re probably wondering what the difference is between the 787 and 787B. Well it comes down to this: the 787B has an ECU to controlld the action of the telescopic intake for the rotary engine – how cool is that?!
However we are not focusing on how cool this car looks, but rather how GREAT it sounds! This year at the 2014 Spa Classic we found a lad who strapped a GoPro to the inside of the Mazda 787B that he was racing. Enjoy the great video demonstrating how difficult it is to pilot one of these types of cars around the famed Spa Francorchamp Circuit.
Here are some additional sounds of the race winning Mazda 787B, that was restored, and driven in demonstration laps at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans
Now that a few weeks have passed since Le Mans and Porsche’s epic return, companies are beginning to turn out videos of their epic battle. Here are a few videos highlighting each manufacturer’s point of view of how it went down.
First up, Porsche tells us about their return.
Now, Audi’s recollection of the race.
Finally, Toyota wants to share their thoughts.
As an encore, here is Michelin and Porsche’s “We Are Racers” take on Le Mans.
Here are a few good videos sharing the excitement from the Nurburging 24 Hours this weekend.
How about some slow motion!
Here’s a pit stop the old fashioned way. In fact, most of the converted race cars in the N24 retain the factory style five stud or lug wheel mounting system. Did you catch the mechanic installing them one-by-one?
Ever seen a complete car rebuild? I believe the driver crashed in qualifying and the Nissan crew worked through the night to get another car sorted to race.
What happens when you take the running time of Le Mans and add the Nurburgring? Easy! You get the greatest GT race in the world. It is that time of year again, we are gearing up for the 24 Hours of the Nurburgring. Because this race takes place on the one of the tightest race tracks, fans will not see any prototype cars out on track. To makeup for that, cars entered will be true GT raced cars, from purebred GT3 cars to European GT4 cars, and finally, heavily modified sports cars (called SP class) from all makes and models to fill out the field. At the announcement of this race there were 175 cars registered for the race.
While it is challenging to get complete information for the race, since it doesn’t have the same level of appeal on the world stage it is our understanding that Porsche’s Manthey Racing team will not be here this year. They have taken on the WEC with their factory Porsche efforts. Therefore the closest team we have to a factory favorite is the Falken Porsche Race Car. Nissan is here again to show the world that their GT3 spec GT-R is worthy enough to win the hardest race. Outside of those listed the favorites continue to be Audi with their R-8, Mercedes with their SLR, BMW with their GT3 Spec Z4 race car and finally McLaren will be running their MP4-12C race car. All of these cars are fielded by well qualified teams so the battle should be exciting. Finally, there will be a few teams running the factory race car program produced by BMW with the M235i Race car. It will be interesting to see how well these cars hold up to the abuse.
Following links should help you enjoy this year’s race that will take place at the famed Nurburgring.
- Time table of race events Spotters guide (semi-complete; may not be up to date)
- Top 30 Cars Qualified for the Race
- WIGE live timing
- Live vehicle tracker
- Official Race live stream
- English Race Radio Broadcast
- Aston Martin Race Team
- Subaru NBR Factory Team
- Nissan Factory Team
- 24H Race Technical Document