About Le Mans

The Le Mans Brand

  • Automobile Club de I’Ouest (ACO) is one of the oldest cars clubs in the world, founded in 1906.
  • The ACO’s ‘Crown Jewel’ is the Le Mans 24 Heures race, one of the world’s most watched sporting events combining high speeds, tight racing and endurance.
  • Le Mans 24 Heures is the world’s oldest sports car endurance race, and has been held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France.
  • Le Mans Series’ have been introduced and competed in Europe, USA, and now Asia in recent years to great success.
  • The core of the brand is the ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ and the ethos of exciting, fair and safe endurance racing.
  • Le Mans racing is committed to be at the forefront of technological and innovative motor racing in order to help build better cars for the future.

 

The Le Mans Endurance Racing Pyramid

QUALIFICATION PROGRESSION

 

The Asian Le Mans Series is the reference endurance racing series for prototypes and GT classes in Asia.

The Series offers the regions only direct pathway into World Championships for both Prototype and GT race cars, and into the world’s most significant endurance race – the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The Asian Le Mans Series is an important part of the Le Mans endurance racing pyramid, sitting alongside the European Le Mans Series and the IMSA Weather Tech Sports Car Championship in North America.

At the top of this pyramid is the FIA World Endurance Championship, which, along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans represents the summit of excellence. The race is the ultimate challenge, one that all teams and drivers want to win. The Asian Le Mans Series offers LMP2, LMP3 and GT class winners a money-can’t-buy invitation to participate in the following 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Launched in 2013 by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), the Asian Le Mans Series is the embodiment of Le Mans endurance racing for the Asian continent. Initially operated by a third party company, the ACO took over management, organization and promotion of the Series at the end of 2014. Since then the series has gone from strength to strength.

The 2016/17 season built on the confidence that was developed the previous season, and saw the format evolve, with races increasing to four hours in duration, and the Series visiting four different circuits in Asia, including a return to China.

 

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix. But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.

The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.