Saturday , 18 November 2017

24 Stats for the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is my favourite race of the year, the last couple of years I’ve watched the entire 24 hours live without sleep and will try to do the same again this year.

For every hour of the race I will tweet one stat on the hour, maybe even coming up with some more throughout the race, might have to during the night to keep myself awake. Here are the 24 stats I will be tweeting throughout the race.

  1. This is the 85th time the 24 Hours of Le Mans has been run, with 60 cars entered and 180 drivers
  2. Each lap of Le Mans is 13.629km long, or the length of 20,970 baguettes or 3,354 Renault Clios
  3. All cars combined will complete around 15,000 laps at Le Mans and travel almost 200,000km, five times around the Earth
  4. The 200,000km the cars combined will complete in the race is 43 million LMP1 car lengths long
  5. The record race distance in Le Mans is 397 laps, 5410.71km by Audi in 2010, this is a greater distance than Vettel in 2016
  6. Sixteen drivers racing Le Mans this weekend have raced in F1, only two have won in F1, Barrichello and Fisichella
  7. Over the course of the 24 hour race an LMP1 car will make around 30 pit stops totalling 40 minutes in the pits
  8. A GT car will have a few fewer pit stops than an LMP1 car during the race but the total pit time is still around 40 minutes
  9. If it were possible to do laps at 3 minutes 16 seconds constantly without pit stops you would complete 439 laps in the race
  10. Tom Kristensen has an impressive 9 Le Mans wins, including 6 consecutive wins, the same number as Jacky Ickx (non-consecutively)
  11. All cars combined will complete around 15,000 laps at Le Mans and travel almost 200,000km, five times around the Earth
  12. Fourteen drivers at Le Mans today have raced in Formula E, nine of which have been racing in Formula E this season
  13. If you had 42 Eiffel Towers lying around you could lie them down base to tip and lap once around the Circuit de la Sarthe
  14. Alex Wurz holds 2 records at Le Mans, youngest Le Mans winner at 22 years 91 days old & the biggest gap between 2 wins (13 years)
  15. The entire population of Guernsey lying down head to toe would stretch 111,943m, roughly 8 laps around Le Mans
  16. The first Le Mans 24 took place in 1923, won by two Frenchmen in their Chenard-Walcker
  17. At 13.629km long the Circuit de la Sarthe is four times the length of the Circuit de Monaco
  18. A snail would take 282 hours, 17 minutes and 20.157 seconds to do a single lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe
  19. The Circuit de la Sarthe is a long track, how long? The same length as 8260 Alain Prosts
  20. 32 different nations are being represented at the race this year, covering every inhabited continent except Africa
  21. The average LMP1 tyre will make 171,049 full rotations before being changed for another
  22. Combined distance of every car that has ever raced Le Mans is 9,938,739.094km, which is 248 times around the Earth
  23. Porsche have won the most races at Le Mans, winning 18 times in total from 1970 to 2016, Audi have the second most with 13
  24. Toyota have never won the overall race at Le Mans, they had a class win in 1999 & several podiums, coming within minutes of a win last year

About JackStatMan

The F1StatMan, mostly known for coming up with useless F1 related stats about burgers.

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