“A testing ground for technology”. This and similar expressions capture perfectly what the 24 Hours of Le Mans is all about. A quick flick through the history books reveals that many innovations introduced for the race subsequently found their way into the average motorist’s car. From the electric wipers and fog lamps of yesteryear to hybrid technology and hydrogen fuel cells, these innovations have not only focused on performance but also on safety and sustainable mobility. The 2012 race was a milestone in the event’s history. With the advent of Garage 56 devoted to new technologies, research engineers could now break the chains imposed by the rulebook and give free rein to their imagination. In 2021, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is introducing an SER Prize to reward competitors’ commitment to Social & Environmental Responsibility and, in particular, their year-on-year progress.
INNOVATION AT THE HEART
OF THE 24 HOURS
The Bugatti circuit is not only home to motorsport. Introduced at the turn of the century, the 24H Rollers has since become a highlight of the Le Mans calendar. Over 100,000 skaters have now taken part.
Since 2009, avid cyclists have taken to the track for the annual 24H Vélo event. Sponsored by Shimano, the 2019 edition attracted no fewer than 2534 participants from over twenty countries.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest organises a wide variety of driver training courses including modules on ecodriving. Our aim is to train drivers to act responsibly by protecting the environment, by the value attributed to their journeys and also during those journeys through the ecodriving techniques taught. We put over 40 years of experience into our training sessions to teach thousands of learners every year all about ecodriving and prevention.
The “Critérium du Jeune Conducteur”, created in 1957, is a fun learning programme designed to teach children aged 7 to 14 the basic rules of road safety. The ACO is a major player when it comes to raising awareness of road safety issues and fostering responsible attitudes among youngsters from an early age.
The Assises de l’Automobile were held for the first time in 2019 in partnership with the Ouest France newspaper. They featured a series of debates and discussions on various topics affecting the sector. Top-level international speakers (carmakers, OEMs, politicians, economists, experts and representatives of road user groups) provide food for thought on crucial economic and ecological matters.
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24 Hours of Le Mans – Team WRT wins the ACO Sustainable Endurance Award presented by DHL
During the 89th 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest gave the ACO Sustainable Endurance Award presented by DHL to Team WRT participating in the LMP2 class with two cars.Read article