The 24 hours of Le mans
This event is the oldest sports car race on the planet. This race isn’t only about speed, but mostly about endurance. A fast car is of course a requirement, but it’s more important that you are able to race for 24 hours without having mechanical issues. This makes the 24 hours of Le Mans a real challenge for every major car manufacturer. The race is held annually since 1923 near the town Le Mans, France. A variety of classes race here for the ultimate goal, to win the cup in their category.
We will participate in the Garage 56 category, this category is reserved for innovative projects, promoting revolutionary ideas and helping them to show off their creative masterpieces. The first car to take advantage of this category was the Nissan DeltaWing in 2012. This car did not succeed in completing the race. Six hours and 15 minutes into the race he was forced off the track, which made him crash into the Porsche curves. The car couldn’t be repaired unfortunately. The second car that participated in this category was the Nissan ZEOD RC, this car also didn’t make it. In the early hours of the race it got gear box issues, making him unable to race any further. It did manage to get their personal goals though: they reached a speed of over 300 km/h and they completed a full electric lap during the race.
If we complete the 24 hours of Le Mans, and we will, we will be the first team ever to succeed within this category. In this category there are no rules, besides the safety regulations of course, but there are no limits in how creative the car can be. Which makes it extra interesting for us. We can put so much new ideas and technologies in this car, the IM01.
Our motivation to participate
As said before, the 24 hours of Le Mans is the oldest and biggest sports car race event worldwide. But it is also the only form of car sport which allows innovation. This makes it a huge platform for new developments within the automotive industry. And it is a great event to watch of course.
We chose for Le Mans because we like to aim big. And Le Mans is the greatest auto sport event worldwide. Next to that, there is the Garage 56 category. This allows us to put the creative ideas of our students in one revolutionary race car, the IM01. This gives us the chance to show to the world what a team of passionate students is capable of.