The 24 Hours of Le Mans (24 Heures du Mans)
The 24 Hours of Le Mans (known as the 24 Heures du Mans in French) is the world's oldest active endurance racing event for sports cars. In recent years, Stratos Jets has chartered luxury jets for race fans from around the world that want to witness the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency."
Held annually since 1923 near the French town for which it’s named, Le Mans is widely considered one of the most significant automobile races in the world. It also represents one leg of the unofficial Triple Crown of Motorsport. The other events include: The Indianapolis 500 and Monaco Grand Prix.
Over the 24 hours, competitors in modern times have covered distances well in excess of 3,110 miles, which is six times the length of the Indy 500, and 18 times longer than a Formula One race. Drivers and racing teams strive for speed, while avoiding mechanical damage. They must also manage the cars' consumables:
- Braking materials
To date, only one driver has ever completed the Triple Crown: British racer Graham Hill, who won the 1972 Le Mans to accomplish the feat. Juan Pablo Montoya is the only active driver to have won two of the three events. The Colombian racer is the current Indy 500 champion, and he also claimed the 2003 Monaco Grand Prix.
Le Mans is organized by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and runs on the Circuit de la Sarthe (also known as Circuit des 24 Heures), which contains a mix of closed public roads and a specialist racing circuit.
As the saying goes, Le Mans is often imitated but never replicated, with other 24-hour format races held in:
- Daytona, Florida
- Nürburgring, Germany
- Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Bathhurst, Australia
There are even spinoff events from the original Le Mans, with class races for:
- Historical cars
Few racing events create international intrigue like Le Mans. No matter where you live, Stratos is capable of chartering luxury jets to bring you to France in impeccable style. We have access to 3,500 private jets and more than 7,000 airports around the world.
Le Mans-Arnage (LFRM) is the only airport serving the city of Le Mans. Fortunately, it is located on the south side of the city centre, adjacent to the Circuit des 24 Heures (aka Circuit de la Sarthe).
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