Welcome to CAR Magazine's guide to and preview of the 24 Heures du Mans. That's the Le Mans 24-hour race to us English speakers. It takes place this weekend, from 12-13 June 2010 and below you'll find handy links for our guide to the Le Mans track, its history, plus the cars and teams to watch out for as the action unfolds at La Sarthe. Follow the links below for our coverage:
The CAR Live Blog from Le Mans 2010
A brief history of the Le Mans 24-hour race
CAR's guide to the 2010 Le Mans race categories
A walk around the famous Le Mans circuit
The history behind the 'Le Mans-style' start
Regarded by many as the most important endurance event in the racing calendar, the 24 Heures du Mans is an occasion steeped in tradition and history. Since 1923 cars and teams have lined up to compete against each other, themselves and – of course – the clock. They lap the famous French circuit over the space of 24 hours, with the winning team the one whose car has covered the longest distance. The race is a showcase of some of the latest and most advanced automotive technology, with prototype-class cars featuring biofuels, advanced aerodynamics and the very latest in engine and chassis design.
CAR has a team of reporters who'll be reporting live from Le Mans in 2010. Stay tuned all weekend for a rollercoaster ride!