The Toyota TS030 Hybrid under the Dunlop Bridge at Le Mans.
In a small side note here—and I do hate to add this to such a beautiful post—Toyota has had some really bad luck at Le Mans in the past. They have a knack for coming in second. In fact, the TS020, the 030’s predecessor, came in second in ‘99 and the 94CV before it came in second in ‘94, after leading most of the race. In all instances, mechanical problems played a big factor. Now, with Porsche back in the mix trying to clench a 17th win from the grasp of Audi, a sister company, how will Toyota fare?
Kremer Racing was already a very well-known racing team at Le Mans, but as a racing team that often utilized Porsches during their races. The men at Kremer were responsible for the Kremer K8 (Porsche 962 spyder/Porsche 963), the Porsche 962CK6 and the Porsche 917/81.
However, it is not as widely known that Kremer was a pioneer of the Honda NSX in motorsport. Kremer, however would only race once, as the German racing team was paired with the Honda-supported effort to enter the NSX in different forms of motorsport only in 1994, in which it managed at unimpressive finish at that year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The NSX was primarily entered in the short-lived GT2 class, in which it performed rather impressively. In 1995, after a grueling battle at the Le Mans, the car finally managed its greatest result; a 7th place finish. It took the GT2 class win, and managed to best its rival from Nissan, the Skyline (R33) GTR-LM. It also managed to finish ahead several McLaren F1 GTRs, two Callaway-Corvette SuperNaturals, the Toyota Supra LMs, the Ferrari F40 LMs and a majority of the prototypes and premier GT1 efforts of most manufacturers that competed.
In 1996, the Honda NSX would make its final Le Mans appearance, as it would take a 16th place finish, one position behind the Nissan Skyline (R33) GTR-LM that it beat in the previous 24 Hours of Le Mans race. After that point, the only place one would find the NSX in motorsport was in the Japanese GT500 series, or the Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC), in which it was an incredibly dominant car.
Japan Grand Touring Championship actually or JGTC
http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_Touring_Car_Championship It’s the Touring Car series that preceded GT500 (in a sense) before Super GT500 exploded in popularity in Japan. But I acknowledge the error, I seemed to insinuate that GT500 and the JTCC were the same thing.
what we miss … Can Am
George Follmer getting his AVS Shadow-Chevrolet MkI sideways at Mosport for the 1st race of the 1970 Can Am Championship
Can Am was probably the wildest ‘no rules’ championship ever conceived that saw some crazy cars
the craziest of them all must have been this AVS Lola where the design philosophy was to create as little (frontal) drag as possible, of course this came with a huge amount of problems housing all the vital parts into such a small body
the AVS never really was a succes, but one of the famous quotes from the driving force behind AVS, Don Nichols was; “If I want to be ordinary, I could have bought a McLaren.”
that sums it al up if you ask me!
You can blame Porsche for the destruction of Can-Am with the 917/30, which won virtually every race in the ‘73 Can-Am championship. It’s the car that killed the Can-Am.