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Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up Michel Ferte dies aged 64
Ranking the 10 greatest BMW Motorsport machines
The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right
Friday favourite: The surprise choice car of ‘Mr Le Mans’
The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

Le Mans 24 Hours runner-up and Monaco Formula 3 Grand Prix winner Michel Ferte has died, aged 64, after a short illness.

BMW Motorsport has produced several landmark cars in its 50 years of competition across several different motorsport disciplines. But which are the greatest of all? Autosport picks out the top 10 and speaks to some of their fortunate drivers

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

As the driver most closely associated with the Le Mans 24 Hours, Tom Kristensen might be expected to select one of his winning machines as his favourite car. Not so, when the Dane chatted with Autosport for our ongoing weekly series

The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony Plus

Steve Soper is so famous for his forays in touring cars that his sportscar achievements are often overlooked. But as the versatile Briton explained for Autosport's special issue commemorating 50 years of BMW's Motorsport division earlier this year, he preferred the cars

Le Mans 24 Hours to reserve 15 slots for LMP2 cars in 2024

A minimum of 15 grid spots at the Le Mans 24 Hours will be reserved for LMP2 cars if the class is dropped from the World Endurance Championship in 2024.

What might a blank-cheque Garage 56 Le Mans racer look like?

OPINION: Cars outside the Le Mans 24 Hours class structure are permitted to enter in Garage 56 by the ACO, and several interesting ideas have graced the world-famous endurance race as a result. Our resident Engineering supplement columnist gets imaginative

DTM champion Sheldon van der Linde wants "bucket list" Le Mans, Bathurst outings

Sheldon van der Linde wants to tick off Le Mans 24 Hours and Bathurst 12 Hour from his bucket list after winning the 2022 DTM title with the M4 GT3.

Hendrick-built Garage 56 Le Mans entry hits track in VIR test

The first version of the Hendrick Motorsports-built Le Mans 24 Hours Garage 56 entry wrapped up two days of testing on Tuesday at Virginia International Raceway.

Friday favourite: The ill-starred Toyota that was quick but struck out at Le Mans

Toyota’s GT-One was described by Autosport in 2015 as “the ultimate fast failure”, but such was its impact on Vincenzo Sospiri that he picks it as his favourite car.

Acura sitting out 2023 Le Mans "hurts" for Albuquerque

Filipe Albuquerque says “it hurts” knowing he will race in the Le Mans 24 Hours next year with an LMP2 car when Acura has an LMDh eligible for the top class. 

How the Ferrari 499P Le Mans Hypercar was designed

Ferrari has launched its new Le Mans Hypercar that will take the Italian manufacturer back to the pinnacle of sportscar racing in next year’s World Endurance Championship.

Who will race in WEC and IMSA with LMDh/LMH cars in 2023?

Sportscar racing is set to enter a new golden era from 2023, with new rules bringing back much needed life to a motorsport discipline that has been moribund in recent years. Here’s the full list of manufacturers who are building cars to LMDh and Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations.

The teenage Le Mans record-breaker who could start a new trend

After becoming the youngest-ever driver to start the Le Mans 24 Hours, 16-year-old Josh Pierson's name has much more visibility than if he had continued on the ladder to IndyCar. And having won on his World Endurance Championship debut at Sebring earlier this year, the teenage LMP2 racer has a bright future ahead of him which may give others cause to follow in his footsteps

Cadillac targets three LMDh entries at 2023 Le Mans 24 Hours

Cadillac has signalled an intent to have three of its new V-LMDh prototypes on the grid at next year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

NASCAR legend Jimmie Johnson retires from full-time racing

Seven-time NASCAR champion and IndyCar sophomore Jimmie Johnson has announced he is to step down from full-time racing in 2023.

Friday favourite: The era-defining Porsche that brought Stuck his fondest memories
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Friday favourite: The era-defining Porsche that brought Stuck his fondest memories

The instantly identifiable car of the Group C era, the Porsche 962 still figures in Hans-Joachim Stuck’s dreams. He explains what made the car his ideal muse in Autosport’s ongoing series

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

How Stuck’s favourite Porsche 962 was brought back to life

The car closest to the heart of German racing legend Hans-Joachim Stuck is one of the less storied examples of the Porsche 956/962. His 1987 ADAC Supercup winner been brought back to (almost) original spec by the Porsche museum

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Friday favourite: The V10 GT brute that conquered prototypes at Daytona

A perennial winner of 24-hour races at Le Mans, Spa and the Nurburgring, the Dodge Viper GTS-R even won outright against faster prototype machinery at Daytona. Olivier Beretta, who won four championship titles and scored three around-the-clock enduro wins with the car, explains what made it a winner

Friday favourite: The Porsche “twins” who usurped Audi’s best

In a long career as a Porsche factory driver that yielded success in prototypes and GT cars on both sides of the Atlantic, Timo Bernhard was frequently paired up with Romain Dumas. Together, the pair were a near unstoppable force and were no less potent when they were loaned as a package to Audi

Habsburg plans first fan-owned sportscar team in WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Ferdinand Habsburg has launched plans for what he is calling the first fan-owned and run sportscar team for next year’s World Endurance Championship.

Friday favourite: The Le Mans racer that inspired Chandhok's confidence

Sky Formula 1 pundit Karun Chandhok has sampled numerous Formula 1 cars in his career, but instead picks an off-the-shelf sportscar in which he made three Le Mans 24 Hours starts for an Irish underdog team as his favourite in the latest from Autosport's 'My Favourite...' series

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right Plus

The plug in and play stand-ins who got their timing just right

Nyck de Vries’s Italian GP exploits weren’t the first post-eleventh-hour call-up in motorsport history, and won’t be the last either. Here are some offbeat tales from the past

General
Dec 26, 2022
The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony Plus

The lesser-remembered sportscar exploits of BMW's two-trick pony

Steve Soper is so famous for his forays in touring cars that his sportscar achievements are often overlooked. But as the versatile Briton explained for Autosport's special issue commemorating 50 years of BMW's Motorsport division earlier this year, he preferred the cars

Le Mans
Dec 10, 2022
Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past Plus

Porsche’s hopeful Le Mans future meets its illustrious past

Rising sportscar star Adam Smalley had to pinch himself when offered the chance to drive the car that won the world’s most famous enduro in 1987

Historics
Sep 6, 2022
How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game Plus

How Porsche's Le Mans legend changed the game

The 956 set the bar at the dawn of Group C 40 years ago, and that mark only rose higher through the 1980s, both in the world championship and in the US. It and its successor, the longer-wheelbase 962, were voted as Autosport's greatest sportscar in 2020 - here's why

WEC
Aug 25, 2022
Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes Plus

Why BMW shouldn't be overlooked on its return to prototypes

OPINION: While the focus has been on the exciting prospect of Ferrari vs Porsche at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year, BMW’s factory return to endurance racing should not be ignored. It won't be at the French classic next year as it focuses efforts on the IMSA SportsCar Championship, but could be a dark horse in 2024 when it returns to La Sarthe with the crack WRT squad

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2022
How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes Plus

How Formula E's double-duty drivers influenced their Le Mans teams' fortunes

Eight Formula E drivers made the 7,000-mile sprint from the streets of Jakarta to the fabled Circuit de la Sarthe and every one had a story to share at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours. Despite a range of triumphs and disappointments, each driver doubling up on the day job played a key role in their teams' fortunes

Le Mans
Jun 14, 2022
Le Mans 2022: The team by team guide Plus

Le Mans 2022: The team by team guide

The 90th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours is here. Here's Autosport's run down of the full field and who to look out for in each class

Le Mans
Jun 11, 2022
The great Le Mans garagistes that challenged factory might Plus

The great Le Mans garagistes that challenged factory might

Glickenhaus is the latest in a line of small-time constructors to take on the big names. Here are some of the finest in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours

Le Mans
Jun 9, 2022