Le Mans 2012: Facts, Statistics and New Records

This weekend marked the historic 80th running of the Le Mans 24 Hour

The 2012 Number-One Audi R18 e-tron Quattro Hybrid earned the 1st victory for a hybrid powered car. Click to Enlarge – 1920×1200

Starting it’s eighth decade with a bang and showing no signs of slowing down any time soon, Le Mans 2012 offered motorsports enthusiasts a unique glimpse into the future while still paying homage to past… So, now with the iconic race behind us here are some interesting facts and statistics about what many may argue is the most famous race in the world.

  1. 378 laps by the winners
  2. 5151.8 km distance covered by the winners
  3. 40th victory of a French driver
  4. 33 pit stops for the winning car
  5. 29th victory for a German car
  6. 29th victory for a closed car
  7. 27th victory for a German driver
  8. 21 retirements
  9. 21st victory for Michelin and 15th consecutive
  10. 12th victory for a car with race number 1
  11. 11th victory for Audi (00, 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 10, 11, 12)
  12. 8th victory for a pole position car
  13. 8th victory for a team that won the previous year
  14. 7th victory for a diesel powered car
  15. 5th the position of the best rookie in 2012, Marco Bonanomi.
  16. 3:24.180 : The fastest lap of the race by Marc Gené
  17. 3rd consecutive podium for Lotterer-Tréluyer-Fässler
  18. 3rd consecutive class win for Julien Canal (GTE Am).
  19. 2nd consecutive victory for Lotterer-Tréluyer-Fässler
  20. 2nd victory for a Swiss driver
  21. 1st victory for a hybrid powered car
  22. 1st victory for a car with non-permanent 4 wheel drive