Warm-up for the Le Mans 24-hour road race in 2015
Warm-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015 | Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is an annual car endurance race on the Sarthe road circuit near Le Mans, France. Created in 1923 and organized by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, it is the oldest active racing event of its kind. Cars that participate are called Le Mans prototypes (LMPs), and they must adhere to certain specifications to be eligible to race. LMPs are known for their aerodynamics, handling, and fuel economy.

Alfa Romeo, Audi, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Ford, Jaguar, Peugeot, Porsche, and Toyota have scored multiple wins in the legendary 24-hour event. With its R8, R10, R15, and R18 e-tron, Audi boasts over a dozen victories. However, Porsche is the winningest manufacturer, notching 19 overall wins. They include seven straight from 1981 to 1987 and a three-year streak from 2015 to 2017 with the hybrid 919.

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