THE GREATEST LOSERS
Some fine sportscars have failed in the 24 Hours. Kevin Turner picks out the best
Many great sportscars have won the Le Mans 24 Hours. In fact, victory at the world’s most famous endurance event has made the reputation of many fine racers. But there have been some that missed out.
To pick out the best cars never to have won the Grand Prix d’endurance, we looked at a number of factors. The key ones were how well they got on at Le Mans, the circumstances of their failures, and the amount of success scored elsewhere. The impact the candidates had on the race and the sport was also considered.
The only rule was that the car had to have actually raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours, so no Jaguar XJR-14 or Mercedes CLK GTR. Similarly, we focused on individual models rather than teams or marques, so the Cunningham efforts of the 1950s and the hard-trying Courage squad of the 1980s and 1990s – both of which scored podiums – don’t make the cut either.
So, here are our 10. Let us know what you think by emailing mn.letters@ haymarket.com.