Le Mans virtual 2022

I was quite disappointed earlier this summer that there was not another edition of the Virtual Le Mans 24h. I thought the experiment in 2020 was excellent and so close to reality.

I was so wrong, I have just discovered just by chance that there is a 24h race scheduled tomorrow January 15th 2022

I have read that it will be televised on some channels. In fact the second Virtual 24 Hours of Le Mans will be broadcast widely. The race will be aired on the 24 Hours of Le Mans YouTube channel, the FIA WEC application, the Traxion.GG Twitch channel, and on Eurosport PlayerL’Équipe.fr and Motorsport.TV.

This is the link to the YouTube channel.

There are 50 cars / teams entered

I have also discovered that in fact 3 virtual races took place in 2021 and all are available on YouTube as follows:

[1] Monza https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ckakbRu-eAA

[2] Spahttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqkHTko-E7g

[3] Nürburgringhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3zqln5FAqI

It looks so real.

On the Nürburgring video, skip to minute 50′ to see one of the amateur actually racing.

I have just received my own equipment and set it up and tried it a few days ago. It is extremely hard and a lot of concentration is needed. I’ll have to practise a lot if ever I wanted to enter the 24h virtual race.

There is in fact a video of this… Am working on how to upload it.

H24 prototype hits the track

The Mission H24 project’s new hydrogen-electric powered racing prototype recently completed its first laps at the Lurcy-Levis circuit with Norman Nato at the wheel.

MissionH24 has just kicked off a new phase in its development. H24 Racing hit the track with the new H24 prototype for the first time at the Lurcy-Levis circuit in central France. Development driver Norman Nato was able to get a sense of the improvements made to the aerodynamics, cooling system and propulsion. The team also tested out a lighter and more compact gearbox and an electronic braking system. Thanks to a weight increase of 150 kg, bringing the H24 closer to the mass of a GT3, performance has also gotten better.

Le Mans 24H Poster

The 89th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans on 21 and 22 August this year celebrates rejuvenation, with the introduction of a Hypercar class.
 
Quite rightly, the high-performance, stylish machines in the new category take centre stage on the 2021 race poster.
 
Devised to depict speed and to evoke the distinctive day/night aspect of the world-famous race, the understated 2021 poster design leaves the limelight to the spectacular cars.

©24h-lemans.com

Virtual 24h

June has arrived and normally at this time of the month one would finalise packing before heading off to Le Mans for the race next weekend.

None of that this year though, due to the Corona Virus outbreak the race is cancelled and provisionally postponed to September.

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The exciting news however is that there will be a virtual 24 hours race taking place next weekend.

More info here

I have seen some of the footage training sessions and it looks like good fun. I shall be watching the start on Saturday 13th at 3pm (French time).

 

Hypercars are official

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The new category of cars which will replace the current LMP1 is now officially known as the Le Mans Hypercar.

Still only 2 manufacturers are to enter cars for next year’s season and namely Aston Martin and Toyota. They will be followed by Peugeot the following year as recently announced.

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The Aston Martin Valkyrie Hypercar could look like this.

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Toyota’s Hypercar looks great

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Toyota prototype looking fierce