Friday, June 10, 2011

Le Mans livestream update and Project 56 news

I've been hunting down livestream info for the 24 hours of Le Mans. Here's what I have so far. If I find more I'll post an update. If anyone reading this knows of more, just post it in the comments section. The green flag flies at six AM Pacific Time on Saturday.

Both Peugeot and Audi will have in-car cameras in each of their three entries. The Audi stream will also have in-car telemetry, race updates every two hours, and Emanuele Pirro ( @EPirro ) updating on Twitter from the Audi pits. One can find other teams and drivers on Twitter using #LM24 and #LeMans hashtags.

After the second round of qualifying yesterday, the two teams had the top six spots on the starting grid with only 1/2 second between them over the eight mile circuit. It should be a doozy of a start. Final qualifying is today.

Most of the race will be carried on old-fashioned cable TV. Speed TV will alternate between cable and the web. Here is their schedule as I understand it. All times are Pacific.

Saturday, June 11
Le Mans 24 Hours: TV 5:30 a.m. Live Streaming 8:30 a.m.
TV 12:30 p.m. Live Streaming 5:00 p.m.
TV 8:00 p.m. to 6 a.m. Sunday

There will also be Live timing and scoring and flag to flag commentary on Radio Le Mans.

Another shape of things to come

After being turned down by the Indy Racing League, Project 56 applied to the ACO, the governing body of the Le mans race, to enter an experimental car in next year's race. Their application has been approved.

Project 56
Photo: ALMS

The car will be unclassified and start in last place on the grid (position 56). The delta wing shape provides stability while the short front wheel base allows high speed with less horsepower. The power plant will be a 1.6 litre turbo. Downforce is achieved on the underside of the car.

Racing legend Dan Gurney, ALMS CEO Don Panoz, and two time ALMS champions Highcroft Racing are all involved.

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