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): 

  • 3 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.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)