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Le Mans; why are all the OEMs starting to get back into the legendary race?

Le Mans; why are all the OEMs starting to get back into the legendary race?

Posted On 08 Jul, 2016

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The 2016 Le Mans has literally just taken place.

And as the Independent reports here, the race was run at a blistering pace. A problem with the mechanics however cost Toyota the race, and Porsche took yet another famous Le Mans victory.

Mechanical issues are something you should always check for when it comes to cars for sale in the UK, but in this context they can lead us onto another, interesting conversation. What’s the situation with regards to OEM and Le Mans, and car racing in general? What trends are taking place and what’s it all about?

OEM and motor racing

Many of us, when looking for a used run around, might consider Audi used cars.

And, Hertz Rent2Buy of course has many of these in stock. But increasingly, original equipment manufacturers are getting back into racing as well as the standard road cars we all use and enjoy every day of the week.

A glimpse down the starting lineup of the recent Le Mans event proves the point. Toyota, Porsche, Audi, Ford and Ferrari, the list goes on, and the pure pedigree and class of these badges is what every event needs.

The point is this, with the older OEM players, we see a class of intriguing hybrid racers, or newer competitors, like JOTA Sport/G Drive Racing ORECA. That’s fine, and the newcomers should be welcomed.

But for a truly breathtaking event, you need the older players, the older OEMs, those manufacturers who’ve been in the business so long they can hark back to the golden days of Le Mans racing.

Surely, if you cut out too many of the OEMs in favour of newer options, the heritage which is such a part of these iconic events risks being lost, and the starting line becomes swamped with a confusing ix of joint teams and manufacturers, whose real aims are unclear?

OEMs seek to win, add heritage, develop high end tech that eventually drifts down into the road models we drive daily. We need to keep them at the very heart of the globe’s top motoring events.

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