Le Mans: Class breakdown by car

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This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans features a bevy of different manufacturers and chassis/engine combinations.

There’s 27 prototypes, split between 9 LMP1 and 17 LMP2 plus the experimental Nissan ZEOD-RC, and 28 GTE cars, split 9-19 between GTE-Pro and GT-Am.

Here’s a breakdown by car:

LMP1 (9):Β 

  • 3Β Audi R18 e-tron quattros, LMP1-H (Nos. 1, 2, 3)
  • 2 Toyota TS040 Hybrids, LMP1-H (Nos. 7, 8)
  • 2 Porsche 919 Hybrids, LMP1-H (Nos. 14, 20)
  • 2 Rebellion R-One Toyotas, LMP1-L (Nos. 12, 13)

LMP2 (17):

  • 5 Oreca 03 Nissans (Nos. 24, 27, 37, 47, 48)
  • 3 Zytek Z11 SN Nissans (Nos. 38, 41, 42)
  • 2 Morgan Nissans (Nos. 26, 29)
  • 2 Morgan Judds (Nos. 43, 50)
  • 2 Ligier JS P2 Nissans (Nos. 35, 46)
  • 1 Ligier JS P2 HPD (No. 33)
  • 1 Oreca 03 Judd (No. 34)
  • 1 Alpine A450 Nissan (No. 36)

GTE-Pro (9):

  • 3 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 51, 52, 71)
  • 2 Corvette C7.Rs (Nos. 73, 74)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSRs (Nos. 91, 92)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantages (Nos. 97, 99)

GTE-Am (19):

  • 11 Ferrari F458 Italias (Nos. 53, 57, 58, 60, 61, 62, 66, 70, 72, 81, 90)
  • 4 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (Nos. 67, 75, 76, 79)
  • 2 Porsche 911 RSR (Nos. 77, 88)
  • 2 Aston Martin Vantage (Nos. 95, 98)

Garage 56 (1):

  • Nissan ZEOD-RC (No. 0)

Nissan leads the way in terms of engines as it supplies 13 of the 17 cars in LMP2, and has the experimental Nissan ZEOD-RC. Ferrari, with 14, leads the GTE ranks.

Also of note, all cars run on Michelin tires except in LMP2. Only Cars 24, 27, 33, 37 and 50 run on Michelins in LMP2, so there’s 12 Dunlop entries out of 17 cars.

But making up the balance, that’s 43 Michelin-shod cars in the field of 55 compared to 12 Dunlops.

Lewis Hamilton comes home to Mercedes factory after fourth title

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On Monday, the Formula 1 schedule finally allowed teams to be in Europe before heading to Abu Dhabi for this weekend’s season finale.

And as such, that provided a window for now four-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton to return to the Mercedes AMG Petronas factories in Brackley and Brixworth to be celebrated for taking the driver’s title, as Hamilton an Valtteri Bottas delivered Mercedes its fourth straight constructor’s title.

Hamilton was at Brixworth, the home ofΒ Mercedes-AMG High Performance Powertrains (HPP) and its highly successful Mercedes-Benz Power Units first before heading to Brackley, where he was welcomed with a “guard of honor” as the entire team came out to greet him.

The champion was overwhelmed at the response and the welcome.

“This a very emotional day. I was not expecting this, thanks everyone for the warm welcome,” he said. “Today is something that I will never forget, turning up at the front gate of the factory and seeing everyone out on the street to welcome me – I’m blown away.

“This has been an incredible year, it’s been an incredible journey together. There’s a huge amount of respect and appreciation I have for everyone. I’ve been in the sport for a long time now, but to see the work ethic in Brixworth and Brackley really inspires me. Every time I come around, I see everyone operating at 100%, which encourages me to bring my best performance.

“Thank you all for helping me achieve my dreams, it would not have been possible without you. This is the best championship year, because we’ve been fighting another team and because we’ve had the difficulties and challenges we’ve had – that just makes it so much greater.”

A social roundup of images and videos are below, all via Hamilton and the Mercedes team on social media.