At 24 Hours of Le Mans, automotive expertise and determination combine to provide a showcase for endurance, technological achievement, as well as plain, old-fashioned race car thrills. Whoever completes the most laps joins a distinguised list of winning teams including Audi, Porsche, Jaguar, Ford and Ferrari..
This year marks Le Mans' landmark 85th anniversary, with all the action revving up on Saturday, June 17 and continuing to Sunday, June 18, 2017 airing live before an expected TV audience of millions.
Le Mans 24 Hours schedule and TV coverage
On Saturday, the race starts at 3PM local time which means 2PM in the UK and 9AM ET in the US.
And it all ends 24 hours later! With the race broadcast on 100 TV networks worldwide, Motors TV usually covers the race in 32 European countries, beaming it into 16 million homes in four languages with hours of coverage over the 2-day racing marathon.
In the U.S., cable channel FOX Sports 1 traditionally features coverage of 24 Hours of Le Mans beginning Saturday morning. In the UK, Le Mans 24 Hours is traditionally broadcast by Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 beginning at 2PM.
DID YOU KNOW? All about Le Mans racing
Extreme racing at Le Mans 24 Hours: Circuit de la Sarthe,
Le Mans, France is
13.629 kilometres (8.47 miles) long,
making it one of the longest circuits in the world.
• Due to the grueling nature of the race, it’s compulsory for each car to have three drivers, none of which must do more than 14 hours’ driving in total.
• At 24 Hours of Le Mans, Porsche is out in front with 17 wins followed by Audi with 13 wins.
• Mazda is the only Japanese manufacturer to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 1991.
• In 2010, the Audi R15 team of Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller set the record for the greatest distance achieved by a winning car - 3,362 miles!
• American driver Dan Gurney first began the tradition of spraying champagne in celebration at the podium after winning with Ford in 1967.
More about Le Mans racing around the Web:
On the Web, find out more about the classic race in pictures, video clips,
news & updates, profiles on car manufacturers & racers, interesting facts, trivia, and lots of history that continues
to fuel the prestige and glamour behind the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans ...
Mans 24 Hours - The official site including the latest
news & updates, complete entry list, related history including
a searchable database of results and times dating back to 1923 plus
additional photos, video and multimedia presentations available
with paid membership.
Hours of Le Mans - Wikipedia entry with a detailed history
including pop culture references, facts & information on the
Le Mans disaster, an overview of the circuit, a complete list
of winners, pictures, related links.
Hours in Le Mans - Fan site with exceptional images as
a result of a marathon photo shoot in 2005.
Mans - The cult classic starring Steve McQueen that used
actual footage of 24 Hours of Le Mans, including site fan forum,
lots of interesting behind-the-scenes factoids, photo gallery
& memorable movie quotes from the Internet Movie Database.