June 22, 1990 |
Eagle Performance Racing of Santa Barbara went to Le Mans last week with an obsolete race car, an untried engine, two rookie drivers on a bread and cheese budget--and France loved every audacious moment of this lone Yankee Doodle effort. But worship wasn't enough. Eagle's 2-year-old Chevrolet Corvette prototype did not finish in the francs. In fact, after being nibbled to death by mechanical problems, it did not even start the prestigious 24-hour race.
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May 1, 1997 |
Matrix Motors is chasing a dream at 200 mph. The tiny, 1-year-old firm is gambling that an 800-horsepower, turbo-charged race car will catapult it to international fame and fortune. The car, so far the company's only asset, is registered for pre-qualifying events this weekend in the 24-hour Le Mans endurance race in France. The race, one of the oldest and most prestigious motorsport competitions in the world, has long been the test of fire for global auto giants.
June 14, 1990 |
Here is a Cinderella story where even Cinderella looks a little homely. It involves a rookie racing team without sponsors and a 2-year-old Chevrolet Corvette prototype that in a previous life entered nine races, won none and regularly finished behind the tow truck. The car does have a new 900-h.p. engine that cost $40,000. But the motor was designed primarily for cabin cruisers and drag racers. It has never been installed in a car and has logged fewer test miles than the average lawn mower.
December 17, 2003 |
The best racing in the world barely makes a blip on most Americans' radar screen. The 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 80-year-old endurance race held in June in the La Sarthe region of France, murders cars and breaks the will of the most determined teams. It is a grand opera at 200 mph and it is, for most of the world, the Great Race. A win at Le Mans says something definitive about a manufacturer's technology and sporting will -- or at least the will to write big checks.