Le Mans Series

Formula Le Mans Cup: A springboard to endurance!

The Le Mans 24-Hours’ historical richness makes the race one of the greatest challenges in motor sport. Since 1923, the major manufacturers have all tackled the mythic Sarthe event that has no equal in the world.
Following in the footsteps of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which has resulted in multiple technical innovations, endurance racing is entering a period of growth with several championships showcasing its success: in Europe, the “Le Mans Series”, in North America, the “American Le Mans Series” and in Asia, the “Asian Le Mans Series”.

This type of racing is attracting more and more teams and drivers, and to meet this increasing demand the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and ORECA launched the Formula Le Mans Cup in 2009. This championship provides an ideal springboard for drivers to discover endurance racing, and prepare for an entry in the top category in the future.

In 2010, Formula Le Mans crossed a new step in its rise to power by joining the long distance racing as a proper category. That it is through Formula Le Mans Cup in Le Mans Series or of the LMP Challenge in American Le Series, the Formula Le Mans prototypes designed by ORECA want to be the first step to the highest level of endurance racing.

Taking again the bases of payment ALMS and Le Mans Series, Formula Le Mans Cup proposes to the drivers to reach the prototype category with lower costs all while being interfered with the poster prestigious races and, in contact with the best teams and drivers of endurance racing, to be formed for a rise with the more high level. Adapted to the requirements of long distance races, Formula Le Mans prototypes received between 2009 and 2010 modifications like the addition of an exhaust box, headlights…

Integration in Le Mans Series races takes place through crews of two or three drivers, each crew having a quota of five sets of new tires per meeting (for races of + of 1000 km and four for races of 1000 km or less).