Everything you need to know about the 4-hour race

Many regard endurance races as the ultimate challenge in motorsport. The European Le Mans Series will stop at Spielberg from 20 to 22 July. At this 4-hour race, spectators will be treated to legendary Le Mans prototypes. An overview of the technology, the regulations and famous drivers and teams.


The European Le Mans Series is fought out on 6 tracks. Following the season opener in Le Castellet and the race in Monza, Spielberg will host the third race. Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Portimão will follow.


Traditionally, the ELMS is a smorgasbord of famous drivers and teams. Among others, it features the former F1 driver Felipe Nasr and the former Toro Rosso driver and current Formula E world championship leader Eric Vergne. The current champion of the 24-hour classic of Le Mans, Christian Ried, will also participate in the GTE class. Team Panis Barthez Competition will fight for glory in the LMP2 class. The people behind this team are no other than F1 driver Olivier Panis and the former French national team goalie Fabien Barthez.


LMP2: G-Drive Racing (RUS / Oreca 07 – Gibson) with Roman Rusinov (RUS) and Andrea Pizzitola (FRA)
LMP3: Eurointernational (USA / Ligier JS P3 – Nissan) with Giorgio Mondini (ITA) and Kay Van Berlo (NLD)
LM GTE: JMW Motorsport (GBR / Ferrari F488 GTE) with Liam Griffin (GBR), Alex MacDowall (GBR) and Miguel Molina (ESP)


LMP2 (Le Mans Prototype 2): The “top tier” of the ELMS with 18 registered teams and 51 drivers. These cars must have a closed cockpit and are powered by the same 4,200 cc V8 engine with Gibson technology. The chassis price must not exceed 480,000 €. Furthermore, every pair of drivers must be made up of at least one amateur racer (Silver/Bronze licence class). The background colour of their number is blue.

Technical data
Power: approx. 610 bhp
Top speed: 315 km/h
Transmission: 6-speed
Tank: 75 litres
Weight: min. 930 kg
Length: max. 4,750 mm
Width: 1,800 – 1,900 mm
Rear wing: max. 1,800 wide

LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3): The endurance racing entry level with 19 teams and 53 drivers in the 2018 season. All cars are equipped with the same Nissan-sourced V8 engine, while the gearbox is supplied by X-Trac and the vehicle electronics by Magneti Marelli. The price for a race-ready chassis must not exceed 206,000 Euros. Every team must have at least one driver from the Bronze licence class while Gold licence drivers may only drive in teams of three and no longer than 60 minutes. The background colour of their number is purple.

Technical data
Power: approx. 425 bhp
Top speed: 275 km/h
Transmission: 6-speed
Tank: 100 litres
Weight: min. 900 kg
Length: max. 4,650 mm
Width: max. 1,900 mm

LM GTE (Le Mans Gran Turismo Endurance): This class is for racing cars based on production sports cars such as the Ferrari F488 and the Porsche 911. This year, it is comprised of 6 teams and 18 drivers. Eligible for this class are cars of which at least 100 units have produced for the road; if a carbon fibre chassis is used, the minimum production run is 300. Only drivers with a Platinum or Gold licence are allowed to race. The background colour of their number is orange.

Technical data
Power: up to 670 bhp
Capacity: 5,500 cc for 8-cylinder engines and 3,200 cc for turbocharged 6-cylinder engines
Top speed: 270 km/h
Transmission: 6-speed
Tank: 50 – 90 litres
Weight: min. 1,245 kg
Length: max. 4,800 mm
Width: max. 2,050 mm


LMP2: In 2017, the top tier class was won by United Autosports with an average speed of 193.3 km/h over a distance of 169 laps. Their fastest lap time was 1:20.563, a mere 13 seconds slower than the race pace in Formula 1!
After 4 hours of racing, the second placed team G-Drive Racing was only 4.554 seconds behind!

LMP3: Team Eurointernational won after 157 laps and at an average speed of 178.4 km/h. Best lamp time: 1:27.281

LM GTE: Spirit of Race wins the race after 155 laps at 174.7 km/h. Fastest lap time: 01:29.147

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