Porsche 919 hybrid

Porsche 919 hybrid

As the Spirit of Le Mans pack releases for Project CARS 2, we wanted to disclose to you a little about the autos and the story that are a piece of this amazing race.

Resulting in these present circumstances pack are the three LMP1s that gave the world a standout amongst the most exciting 24-hour battles in history in 2016, the year Audi, Porsche, and Toyota fought it out to a finish that nobody will ever forget.

Spicing up the Pack considerably further, two of the most legendary cars from a time forever caught by on-screen actor Steve McQueen’s 1971 film “Le Mans” is likewise included, alongside a faithful recreation of the Circuit de la Sarthe absolutely as it was for that season’s race.

That was the year prior to the great Le Mans circuit was everlastingly changed when responding to the wonderful speeds of the Ferrari 512s and Porsche 917s with their fire-breathing 5-liter protuberances that hit speeds of more than 360kmh, the fearsome Maison Blanche section was replaced by the Porsche Curves.

Presently, at long last, you can experience the raw emotion and energy of Le Mans as it was in those days driving on the very track and in the very autos that have gone down into the history books as the best time of sportscar racing―a moment in time when Porsche and Ferrari duked it out in a progression of races that wound up known as the Battle of the Titans.

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

Toyota TS050 Hybrid

The two carmakers had such a great amount in question. Ferrari, a large portion of 10 years from their last win and edgy for an arrival to magnificence, and Porsche chasing for their first ever Le Mans win.

Ferrari’s expectations in 1970 laid on their new purpose-built car, the Ferrari 512 S (the 5 for 5-liters, the 12 for the powerful V12), a car that, for some, remaining parts right up till today, a standout amongst the most wonderful and primal hustling cars Maranello has ever built.

What’s more, Porsche? The German carmaker debuted their Le Mans contender at the Geneva Motor Show in 1969: a car named the 917 that would go ahead to rethink endurance models.

These cars would battle twice at Le Mans, in 1970 and ’71. For the ’70 race, Ferrari’s certainty was shown by the eleven 512 Ss that arranged for the begin. Porsche (who might take in an exercise from that and fill the field themselves in years to come) accompanied seven 917s.

Meanwhile. a Hollywood on-screen character who’d spent a great part of the season competing in his own Porsche 908/03 joined the party — and with Steve McQueen came a whole film team.

Porsche 924 Carrera GT

Porsche 924 Carrera GT

The race itself was an absolute classic. Intense and treacherous after a thunderstorm tore through at sunset causing mayhem, and when night settled in it was clammy and dark, the field had been devastated (of the 51 starters, just 7 would be characterized before the finish of the race, most through misfortune including Parkes’ 512 S that fell off hard and consumed to an ash).

That left Ferrari’s hopes in the wonderful hands of Jacky Ickx, the best wet perseverance driver on the planet at the time, who chased down the lead Porsche 917 through the wet night.

That run, which could so effectively have finished in triumph, finished in catastrophe rather when Ickx lost control of his 512 S at the Ford Chicane and had a sad mischance.

It was that sort of Le Mans.

Porsche went ahead to assert the Championship of Makes by winning each round of the title bar Sebring that year, and by early fall, Ferrari reacted by redeveloping the 512 S into the 512 M―M for modificato―which would run Porsche hard in ’71.

Audi R18 etronquattro

Audi R18 etronquattro

Each of the three of these cars―the Porsche 917 LH (long-back), Ferrari 512 S, and 512 M, are going to the Spirit of Le Mans Pack.

Endurance racing fans would need to hold up until the point when 2016 preceding they were served another race that made a difference as much to the makers required as those that characterized the Battle of the Titans. That was the year Porsche came to protect their title with an entirely patched up 919 Hybrid, Toyota brought their spic and span TS050 Hybrid, and Audi, that had made Le Mans their own particular for a great part of the 21st century, stuck their hopes on the altogether upgraded 2016-spec R18.

Every one of the three are going to the Spirit of Le Mans Pack.

Which would win out?

The 84th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans started under a callously heavy sky, so wet that the field sat in arrangement behind the wellbeing auto for right around 60 minutes.

Once the race practiced environmental safety, however, it was clear the two Porsche 919s and the two Toyotas were in their very own race, with the Porsche pushing hard during that time and rising into the first light clear ahead of the pack.



A win seemed certain until, mid-morning, the chasing Toyota began increasing its pace. And going faster…and faster…until suddenly it was in the lead Porsche’s slipstream from where it slipped out and seized an improbable lead down the Mulsanne.

Around the world, millions tuned in to the race. Was Toyota really about to end half-a-century’s worth of bad juju at Le Mans?

Everyone expected the Porsche to fight back — it didn’t happen. The Toyota pulled out a gap and with four hours to the checkers, it seemed now a formality that Toyota would defeat the two most winning manufacturers in Le Mans history, Audi and Porsche.

With less than five minutes on the clock, Nakajima’s lead Toyota had extended its lead to just over a minute. The TV feed tuned in to the Toyota pits, and there were the mechanics and team managers with tight but confident smiles watching the clock tick, inexorably, toward the 24thhour.

In the cockpit, Nakajima was anything but serene; he was desperately shouting down the radio, but by the time his delayed transmission was picked up, it was all too late.



With 180 seconds left of the 24-hour race Nakajima went onto the front straight to start his last lap. Furthermore, gradually, gradually, he pulled his Toyota disconnected to the pit-divider, spent, and broken.

The Porsche 919 of Jani cleared past the stricken Toyota as co-drivers Lieb and Dumas in pit-path hopped into each other’s arms―somehow, they had quite recently won the best continuance race of all.

It was, without a doubt, a snapshot of dramatization to such an extent that motorsport had at no other time seen. Also, those with a memory of Toyota’s Le Mans curse could do pretty much nothing yet shake their heads―truly, this could just have happened to Toyota at Le Mans. All they required was 180 more seconds to end near on 50 years of misfortune…

For 2018, the three makers that gave the world a standout amongst the most exciting perseverance race fights ever have been whittled away to one: Toyota, as Porsche has taken after Audi into various fields.

Will Toyota at last end their awful juju at Le Mans? You’ll discover in mid-June or you can attempt and do it without anyone else’s help in Project CARS 2, against the might of Porsche and Audi, with the Spirit of Le Mans pack on Xbox One.


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