The circuit on which the 24 Hours of Le Mans is run is named the Circuit de la Sarthe, after the department that Le Mans is within. It consists of both permanent track and public roads that are temporarily closed for the race. Since 1923, the track has been extensively modified, mostly for safety reasons, and now is 13.629 km or 8.1 miles in length. The Bugatti circuit provides the pit lane facilities and the first corner with the famous Dunlop bridge.
Initially entered the town of Le Mans, then the track was cut short to better protect spectators. This led to the creation of the Dunlop Curve and Tertre Rouge corners before rejoining the old circuit on the Mulsanne.
The track has been changed many times over the years. The Circuit des 24 Heures is probably best known for the famous Mulsanne straight, a part of the RN138 known locally as Ligne Droite des Hunaudières, now including 2 Playstation chicanes. You can still eat feet from the Cars at the Chinese at Hunaudières.
The addition of the chicanes was another safety precaution after the WM P88-Peugeot of French driver Roger Dorchy had been timed at 405 km/h (252 mph) during the 1988 race.
The circuit stays on public roads through the slightly banked Indianapolis and Arnage corners until it branches off for the Porsche Curves which bypasses the old Maison Blanche section and then finally heads back to the Bugatti circuit at the Ford Chicane.
The public sections of the track differ from the permanent circuit, especially in comparison with the Bugatti Circuit which is inside the Circuit de la Sarthe. Due to heavy traffic in the area, the public roads are not as smooth or well kept. They also offer less grip because of the lack of soft-tyre rubber laid down from racing cars, though this only affects the first few laps of the race. The roads are closed only within a few hours of the practice sessions and the race, before being opened again almost as soon as the race is finished. Workers have to assemble and dismantle safety barriers every year for the public sections.
Information courtesy wikipedia
Track Length: 1920-1931 - 10.153 miles / 16.340 km 1932-1967 - 8.365 miles / 13.461 km 1968-1971 - 8.369 miles / 13.469 km 1972-1978 - 8.476 miles / 13.640 km 1979-1985 - 8.467 miles / 13.626 km 1986-1986 - 8.406 miles / 13.528 km 1987-1989 - 8.410 miles / 13.535 km 1990-1996 - 8.451 miles / 13.600 km 1997-2001 - 8.454 miles / 13.605 km 2002-2006 - 8.482 miles / 13.650 km 2007-XXXX - 8.469 miles / 13.629 km
The Circuit de la Sarthe is located on the edge of the town of Le Mans, in Maine, westenr France. The nearest international airport is Tours Val de Loire Airport, around an hours drive to the south-east. Paris and its international airports is 150 miles to the north, approximately a 2.5 hours drive.
By Road is how most will travel to Le Mans. It is easily accessible via motorway from Calais, Caen, Le Havre, St Malo or Cherbourg if arriving from Britain by Ferry or Channel Tunnel. If travelling from elsewhere in France, the town is easily accessed via the E50, E402, E501 and E502 motorways. For those without a car (perhaps flying in to Paris from abroad) then it is possible to get to Le Mans either from Paris airport or Montparnasse station via the train. Once in Le Mans itself, travel to the circuit is easy thanks to the regular tram and bus services.
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