Part of the Triple Crown of Motorsport (along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indy 500) this 13.6km long circuit uses public roads and dedicated circuit sections to deliver a heady cocktail of speed and atmosphere for the annual 24 Hour Sportscar race.
Ever since the opening in 1921, the Mulsanne Straight has been a ‘top gun’ feature of the circuit at 5 km in length. After speeds reached 400 km/h in 1990 a couple of chicanes were added to slow things up a bit. Also, Le Mans was home to one of the worst motor racing accidents in history, with a total of 80 spectators killed by Pierre Levegh’s Mercedes in 1955.
By Phil Clark