Since its inauguration in 1923, the legendary Le Mans 24 hour race attracts more than 200,000 spectators to the French La Sarthe region every year. More than 133 TV networks broadcast the race around the world.
Porsche has scored 16 overall wins at Le Mans, achieved by famous race drivers like Jacky Ickx, Jürgen Barth, Klaus Ludwig, Henri Pescarolo, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Alexander Wurz, Tom Kristensen, Michele Alboreto, Allan McNish and Laurent Aiello for both customer and works teams. Additionally, Porsche works drivers have earned dozens of class victories in GT2 class, including Marc Lieb and Mike Rockenfeller together with privateer Leo Hindery in 2005, the 7th consecutive class victory for the Porsche GT3 R/RS/RSR family, and, most recently, in 2007, factory drivers Patrick Long and Richard Lietz joined privateer Raymond Narac in the IMSA Performance (not related to International Motor Sports Association) Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
The unique excitement generated by the endurance classic is the start of four different classes on the same race track, guaranteeing both close competition as well as constant passing. Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the history of Le Mans, winning its class more than 50 percent of the time with a combination of LMP1 prototypes and production-based GT2 class racer cars.
Worldwide, the Le Mans 24 Hours provides one of the biggest challenges for man and machine in motor sports. 24 hours of non-stop performance is needed in order to claim the highest step of the podium.