The Porsche that whipped around the Le Mans race track this weekend for the first time in 16 years was unlike most of the brand’s vehicles these days: the low- slung model was a sports car rather than a SUV.
The Ferrari 458 takes the Mulsanne Straight at 180 miles per hour, a lime-green streak through the fastest section of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which ranks alongside the Daytona 500, the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix as one of auto racing’s pre-eminent jewels. About 240,000 fans ring the 8.5-mile track on this sunny day in mid- June.
Something was wrong. The BMW 328 Roadster had been sitting in Norbert Schroeder’s Dusseldorf, Germany, garage for three days, and its owner was growing impatient. Schroeder had already inspected the car once without finding anything amiss. Yet he could feel it in his bones: Something wasn’t right.
Toyota driver Anthony Davidson will remain in the hospital until tomorrow for a precautionary check after his car running in third place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans flipped over and smashed into a tire barrier.