ALMS Petit Le Mans Race Comes Down to the Diesels

I was lucky enough to attend the Northeast Grand Prix this year during the ALMS racing series. I’ve never been to such an amazing display of raw power, side-by-side with so much green technology. This is literally the technology that will power tomorrow’s cars… so it should come as no surprise that the race was dominated by diesel-powered cars.

This past weekend was the last race in the series, the 1,000 mile Petit Le Mans. Taking place at Road Atlanta, the Peugeot diesels that have been leading nearly every race won again. In the GT2 class though, the race came down to the final lap.

The final race for the 2010 ALMS season was also the debut race for the Porsche hybrid 911, which uses a Kinetic Energy Recovery System, or KERS. More a chance to collect data and figure out how it will race next season, the Porsche managed to finish 18th overall… a very respectable finish considering the field started out with 43 cars. The Peugeot diesels managed yet another 1-2 finish, solidifying their victory for the 2010 season.

In the highly-competitive GT2 class however, the championship was still up in the air. These are production-based cars and include vehicles such as Ferraris, Porsches, BMWs, and of course my boys at Corvette Racing. It would be Corvette Racing that would take the checkered flag on the last lap of the race… after the leading Ferrari ran out of fuel. So for all you doubters who don’t think fuel economy is important in racing, think again.

Hopefully I have convinced a few of you to tune in next season, where the stakes will be even higher as Ford enters its EcoBoost engine and Porsche brings the KERS hybrid back (hopefully) for 2011. I can’t wait.

Source: ALMS

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.