• Jun 5, 2008

Le Mans has seen its fair share of spectacular crashes, perhaps most notably the Mercedes CLR-GTR that caught air and did several flips before landing outside the guard rail back in 1999. While not as outrageous as the Mercedes, Peugeot caught some air as well this past weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans test when Marc Gene lost control of his 908 Hdi and hit the wall at over 120 mph. Luckily, Gene was able to walk away from the crash and will be able to drive in the race in less than two weeks. Footage from the crash can be seen after the jump.

Thanks for the tip, Mark!

[Source: YouTube via LeMans.org]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, he's actually flying through that bend tail end first, from the beginning ! Phew.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dare I say it? Maybe they should look in to something similar to the roof-flap system in NASCAR or the center-line Gurney flap on IRL cars.

      I do understand that the NASCAR roof-flap is designed/positioned spcifically for round-round races, but I am sure that something could be designed.

      Otherwise just slap the electronics from one of your standard stability control systems and connect it to (only) actuated flaps. As soon as it detects too much yaw and/or roll, POP! Up comes the flap and there you go. Though a good-old mechanical system like NASCAR is pretty much idiot proof.

      Dave, which other LMP1s didn't keep the shinny-side-up?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Roof flaps ARE to stop blow overs.

        And LMPs have had roof flaps for a long long time. We've only had a short stint without roofed cars.
        • 6 Years Ago
        roof flap in NASCAR is to stop cars that have broken traction and are sliding, since brakes don't work in a 4-wheel slide. It doesn't help much in a flip.

        Hell, until last year, Le Mans cars didn't even have roofs anyway.
      • 6 Years Ago
      it took this long to post this, im surprised.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Ouch, someone won't be coming in tomorrow.
      • 6 Years Ago
      DAYYUUM!
      • 6 Years Ago
      wasn't it a clr that flipped in le mans, not a clk gtr?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yes, it was the CLR that flipped.

        the CLK GTR never ran at Le Mans anyway. The GTR was the 1997 FIA GT car, and Mercedes never ran Le Mans in 1997. It had the V12 in the back. They used it for the beginning of the 1998 FIA GT Season, but by the time Le Mans came they had changed to the CLK LM, which had a V8. All 3 CLK LMs failed during the 1998 race, but Mercedes won every race in the FIA GT Championship in 1998. 1999 the CLR flipped.
      • 6 Years Ago
      The 4th LMP1 to take to the air this year.