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Meet the 2015 Le Mans contenders

Porsche, Audi, Toyota and Nissan reveal their very different LMP1 racers. Here’s your tech crib-sheet


This June, Porsche, Audi, Toyota and new contenders Nissan will descend on the Circuit de la Sarthe to compete in the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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But last weekend saw the much-anticipated pre-fight weigh-in at Paul Ricard, each team pulled the covers from its 2015 LMP1 contender, before the cars hit the track together for the very first time in an official test session.
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Well, everyone apart from Nissan, that is. The baffling Nissan GT-R LM Nismo wasn't in attendance, as the team behind it remained stuck in the workshop, attempting to make sure the bonkers 1250bhp, front-wheel-drive LMP1 racer is race ready and competitive for its debut at Le Mans.

The current crop of top-flight LMP1 racers are the pinnacle of going really bloody fast, really efficiently for a really long time. But all four main LMP1 players take completely different approaches to answering that brief. Which one will work best? Nobody knows, but that's what makes the race fascinating.
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What we do know is that, after the two-day test at Paul Ricard, the ball is currently in Porsche's court. The 919 clocked the fastest times in every session over the course of the official World Endurance Championship test.

But there's plenty of time for the others to catch up before Le Mans in June, so click forth and choose your favourite flavour of LMP1.

 

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