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Old 25 Jun 2007, 23:08 (Ref:1946813)   #1
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Le Mans Trap Speeds

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i'm just a le mans maniac and especially a le mans speeds maniac so i was just wondering if anyone could post the le mans 24 hours trap speeds for the 1996 edition and for the 2006 & 2007... i heard it's very hard to find these 2006-2007 data but if anyone has it...i'd be greatful to find it out from him/her. i heard the r10 hit only 326 km/h in 2006, but that's just hard to believe if we think qbout its lap times of 3:30.446... When Toyota made that 3:29.930 in 1999, they hit 352 km/h on the Mulsanne, while a Nissan R390 GT1, while hitting 326 km/h in 1998, had a best qalifying lap of over 3:40. So I just think the Audi must have gone faster than that. if any of you know about it...
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 00:09 (Ref:1946845)   #2
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I asked this on another thread

here is the answer Paul provided

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http://www.lemans.org/24heuresdumans...os_24h2007.pdf has a fair bit, the very last page I think has trap speeds. The Saleen has the highest trap speeds of all GT1, by a narrow margin.

The Corvettes only seem to have top speeds in the first trap which I assume to be in the first sector of les Hunaudieres. I take this to mean that they can carry more speed through Tertre Rouge.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 00:44 (Ref:1946853)   #3
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The fastest speeds Ive seen according to the pdf results is 339kph for the Peugeot and that was during the race, in qualifying it was 334kph. Now im fairly sure the cars werent going quite as fast as they could have gone had the track stayed dry, id suggest anything up to 355kph would have been possible with a good slipstream.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 01:21 (Ref:1946869)   #4
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If you go onto the ACO's site they have the full 2007 timing and scoring run down, trap speeds, sector times, everything for the two practice sessions and the race.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 06:24 (Ref:1946935)   #5
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hello there!
i'm just a le mans maniac and especially a le mans speeds maniac so i was just wondering if anyone could post the le mans 24 hours trap speeds for the 1996 edition and for the 2006 & 2007... i heard it's very hard to find these 2006-2007 data but if anyone has it...i'd be greatful to find it out from him/her. i heard the r10 hit only 326 km/h in 2006, but that's just hard to believe if we think qbout its lap times of 3:30.446... When Toyota made that 3:29.930 in 1999, they hit 352 km/h on the Mulsanne, while a Nissan R390 GT1, while hitting 326 km/h in 1998, had a best qalifying lap of over 3:40. So I just think the Audi must have gone faster than that. if any of you know about it...
Current cars have more drag than the sliippery '99 cars, hence the differing top speeds, plus it seems current cars are increasingly running more downforce, which seems to have worked for Audi over the years.

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Old 26 Jun 2007, 12:17 (Ref:1947155)   #6
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Current cars have more drag than the sliippery '99 cars, hence the differing top speeds, plus it seems current cars are increasingly running more downforce, which seems to have worked for Audi over the years.
Plus the development of tires, means much faster cornering speeds. SO the low lap times with out the higher straight speeds.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 13:13 (Ref:1947185)   #7
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Yes that is true, but I really dont think the cars were reaching their ultimate top speed this year. Im pretty sure that the diesels would top the 339kph they set at Le Mans this year. I forget who it was but I remember someone saying that at Paul ricard one of the petrol LMP1 cars was hitting 326kph or 336kph, I cant remember what car it was or who said it but im pretty sure it was said. Also remember that top speeds should be higher now at Le Mans than back in 1999, yes the cars run more downforce but now the speed the cars are taking onto the mulsanne is much higher thanks to the the corner leading onto the Mulsanne having be re profiled.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 13:27 (Ref:1947197)   #8
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fastest car of recent years was the Dome S101 - which clocked 340kph at post 8 in 2002.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 15:36 (Ref:1947301)   #9
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Get rid of the Mulsanne chicanes, then we would see some good speeds.
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Yes that is true, but I really dont think the cars were reaching their ultimate top speed this year. Im pretty sure that the diesels would top the 339kph they set at Le Mans this year. I forget who it was but I remember someone saying that at Paul ricard one of the petrol LMP1 cars was hitting 326kph or 336kph, I cant remember what car it was or who said it but im pretty sure it was said. Also remember that top speeds should be higher now at Le Mans than back in 1999, yes the cars run more downforce but now the speed the cars are taking onto the mulsanne is much higher thanks to the the corner leading onto the Mulsanne having be re profiled.
I think the audi and pug were pushing as fast as they could during qualfing.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 18:39 (Ref:1947454)   #11
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Yes they were pushing as hard as they could but if you remember the conditions changed early on and there wasnt a chance for more competitve times to be set, had the track been dry for both qualifying sessions I am sure that the times would have dipped into the 3:25's and maybe even 3:24's. And remember the cars almost always go quicker during the night qualifying sessions when the conditions are more favourable.
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 18:45 (Ref:1947457)   #12
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and all the time would've come by going faster in the corners .. not top speed ..
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Old 26 Jun 2007, 20:51 (Ref:1947551)   #13
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Do the cars still have the gurney flap, mandatory after 99?
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i would think top speeds would be about 340kmph, the peugeot 908 and dome S101.5 were the fastest looking cars down the straight but it probably wont be the case.
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