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2013 24 Hours of Le Mans

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June 23, 2013 – Comments (7) | RELATED TICKERS: F , GM , TM

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is probably one of the most endurance automotive races in the world that tests automotive engineering in areas of agility,durability, and reliablity. It also tests automotive technicians (pitstop crew) efficency in diagnosing,performing regular maintenance, and repairing. Also note drivers alertness,endurance, and skills.

The 81st edition 24 Hours of Le Mans racing was held on June 22-23 of 2013.

Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans

Through out the history of 24 Hours of Le Mans racing the majority of first place finishers are European cars. It's fair to believe that American automotive manufacturers didn't participate earlier in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is because it's across the pond and European automotive manufacturers wasn't much of a economical competitive threat to the Americans. It's also fair to believe that the Japanese automotive manufacturers didn't participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is because the Japanese automotive industry wasn't fully developed until the 1980's.

The only American automotive manufaturer to win not once but four times in a row at the 24 Hours of Le Mans was the Ford Motor Company in 1966,1967,1968, and 1969. The only reason why Ford Motor Company entered into 24 Hours of Le Mans is because of Henry vs. Enzo. In the end I believe Enzo got the worst of it because the Ferrari Dynasty (9 wins) has ended and after 1969 Ferrari has not yet finished first again at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the end it cost Henry alot of family and investors money, also maybe valuable R&D employees and outside Ford Motor Company R&D help. At present the only American automotive manufacturer that participates in the 24 hours of Le Mans is General Motors Company. It's safe to believe that a Ford V8 can beat a Ferrari at a fraction of its cost while GM hasn't.

The only Japanese automotive manufacturer to win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is the Mazda Motor Corporation with the rotary engine in 1991. I believe in Japan Inc. and I believe that Mazda Motor Corporation had a well developed system to create a Mazda Dynasty with consistant first place finish wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, sadly after Mazda took the title at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans all rotary engines are banned at 24 Hours of Le Mans. Maybe General Motors could have won some titles at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when they experimented with rotary engines in corvettes in the 1970's, the project was dropped because I believe it got too expensive. Also, at present the other Japanese automotive manufacturers that enter and participate at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is Honda, Nissan, and Toyota. As of present the Dynasty goes to Audi a division of Volkswagen and Toyota has the best chance to take down the Audi Dynasty (12 wins) and write a new Toyota Dynasty chapter at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the future.

7 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On June 24, 2013 at 2:53 AM, Húshuobadào (34.59) wrote:

"At present the only American automotive manufacturer that participates in the 24 hours of Le Mans is General Motors Company."

The only American motor company that did not enter the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans was Ford with its GT40(or GT series). GM entered Corvettes and Chrysler entered SRT Vipers.

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#2) On June 24, 2013 at 3:59 AM, valunvesthere (< 20) wrote:

@ Húshuobadào

Yes, Chrysler has entered some 5th generation SRT Vipers for the 2013 24 Hours Le Mans. The 4th generation Viper SRT-10 lasted from 2008 - 2010 because Chrysler filed for bankruptcy protection and absent in 2011 - 2012 because of business restructuring.

It took approximately six months for the Chrysler's - Dodge division to develope the 5th generation SRT Viper prototype to be unveiled at 2012 auto shows. The SRT Vipers went into production in 2012 and the following year they entered the 2013 American Le Mans and the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Finally, technically I'm correct because Chrysler is a subsidiary of Fiat (an Italian automotive manufacturer). So the SRT Viper is a European car in my opinion heavily funded by Fiat with some Italian R&D.

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#3) On June 25, 2013 at 1:51 AM, Krazy8s (< 20) wrote:

Apparently you don't watch enough documentries and seem to highlight the researchers and developers the white collars and technicians the stripe collars (white/blue collars) than drivers the blue collars.

You should note that alot of improved safety in automotive and roads today was learnt from the racing cars and racing tracks which there is always plenty of room for more improvements.

For a start you should view the BBC4 documentary called Grand Prix: The Killer Years. Hopefully you will spend extra time on balancing your blogs!

BBC4 GRAND PRIX: THE KILLER YEARS

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#4) On June 25, 2013 at 3:39 AM, Húshuobadào (34.59) wrote:

Krazy8s

Is your #3 comment in response to my #1 comment?

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#5) On June 25, 2013 at 4:01 AM, Krazy8s (< 20) wrote:

Húshuobadào

No, my #3 comment is in repsonse to valunvesthere's  blog and #4 comment.

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#6) On June 26, 2013 at 3:10 AM, Húshuobadào (34.59) wrote:

krazy8s

Heh-heh, glad it's not me. You are quite witty for writing a witty #5 comment.

roflmao

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#7) On June 27, 2013 at 2:59 AM, Krazy8s (< 20) wrote:

It is June 27, 2013 at 2:59 am, exactly 35 hours or 3 days minus 1 hour when valunvesthere's last activity was #2 comment with date stamped June 24, 2013 at 3:59 am.

To be sure a quick verification check on valunvesthere's activity, resulted valunvesthere's last activity was the #2 comment entry with date stamped June 24, 2013 at 3:59 am.

Hmm, maybe I should file a missing Motley Fool report.

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