We're off to Le Mans - again!
If you don't already know from our social media channels, Zuto is teaming-up with PistonHeads to make the journey to 24 Hours of Le Mans. To get us all in the mood, the guys over at PistonHeads have taken some photos of the pre-trip prep they're doing and filled us in on what we can look forward to...
Three days to go...
With only three days to go till the start of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, the countdown to our annual pilgrimage to the Circuit de la Sarthe is well and truly under way.
Following the success of last year's partnership, this year will once again see Zuto teaming up with PistonHeads, Europe’s largest online motoring community, ensuring 2016 will be another unforgettable event.
There’s plenty to look forward to on the track, with Porsche hoping to defend last year’s victory, Audi attempting to reclaim their stranglehold on the trophy and, of course, the return to Le Mans of the iconic Ford GT.
Having assembled at PistonHeads HQ, our Le Mans fleet headed over to Wrap Cube for the final stage of preparation before we hit the road on Thursday morning.
The variety of cars selected for the task of transporting the team, their gear and a boot full of supplies the 650+ miles to Le Mans is wide, with each vehicle bringing its own unique strengths to the table. The fast, yet frugal, Honda Civic Type R, the workhorse Skoda Octavia vRS, and the attention-grabbing, but practical, Range Rover SVR and 550hp Jeep SRT8 ‘Wild’ are the perfect tools for the job. Thanks to their new PH and Zuto liveries, the eclectic mix of cars now look like a proper team. And seeing them ready to go has certainly added to the levels of anticipation for the trip.
All that is left to do now is to look forward to a 3am start on Thursday, whilst nervously checking the weather forecast every 20 minutes, hoping for a change in the rain and thunderstorms currently predicted.
You’ll also be able to follow all of our progress on Zuto’s and PistonHeads Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and look out for #ZutoLM24 and #PHLM16. There’ll be details on where you can rendezvous with the Zuto/PH convoy en route and trackside tales from the Zuto sponsored Premier Vert and Bleu Nord campsites.
One day to go...
Our early start saw us reach the Channel Tunnel in time for the 5:36am crossing, putting us ahead of schedule. The PistonHeads Civic Type R swallowed the miles, however, traffic and weather conspired to delay the start of our inaugural PH/Zuto Pit Stop until midday. Once up and running though, it proved to be a great success. Over 300 PHers stopped by throughout the course of the afternoon, collecting their Zuto goodie bags, chatting with the PH team and stretching their legs before heading on to their campsites in Le Mans.
The England vs Wales match was shown in pubs throughout the town and on screens across the circuit. And the celebrations of the England fans, following their dramatic last gasp winner, couldn’t even be dampened by the torrential downpour experienced in the evening. If the race is as exciting as the match, we’re in for a treat!
Le Man 2016 begins!
Luckily today’s weather defied the forecasters, with early showers giving way to glorious sunshine for Friday’s Classic British Welcome and PistonHeads’ Friday Service. Thousands of cars, from Lamborghini Aventador SVs and Porsche GT3s to Aston Martin DB5s and El Caminos, flooded the small town of Saint Saturnin for the yearly tradition to kick off Le Mans. This year, however, pride of place was reserved for Alpine. The French marque’s concept car, Vision, took centre stage amongst dozens of A110s, A310s, A610s and GTAs that were also drawing attention from the crowds.
Meanwhile, the Zuto team have blasted South across France, having made the crossing a day later than their PH counterparts to arrive at the Circuit de La Sarthe in time for the race weekend.
Read more about the Zutonites & PHers at Le Mans 2016:
Part 2: We've arrived! Update from Le Mans 2016
Part 3: 24 hours of Le Mans Race Round-Up