1968

Grands moments 1968

ALPINE’S IMPRESSIVE ECONOMY AND A HEROIC PESCAROLO

Following the paralysis of France by the “events” of May 1968, the 24 Hours of Le Mans was held at the end of September. Two French teams supported by Elf caused a sensation. Alpine placed three cars in the top ten, including Jean-Luc Thérier and Bernard Tramont’s little A210 No. 52, which won the trophy for index of thermal efficiency. Meanwhile, Matra brought a certain Henri Pescarolo onto the stage, with a heroic night-time performance at the wheel of the 630, in driving rain without windscreen wipers…
 


1975

Grands Moment 1975 24h

A FIRST PODIUM FOR TOTAL

A year after their first entry at Le Mans, in partnership with Guy Ligier’s team, Total reached the podium for the first time, with Guy Chasseuil and Jean-Louis Lafosse’s second place in their Ligier JS2-Ford No. 5. Jean-Louis Lafosse achieved the same result a year later, this time teamed up with François Migault, at the wheel of the Mirage GR8-Ford No. 10, still under Total’s colours.


1978

Grands Moments 24h 1978

RENAULT ALPINE AT THE TOP

Through their partnership with Renault, Elf actively contributed to the French manufacturer’s return to the sports scene in the 1970s with the development of a V6 engine. The French brand won the 1978 race with the Renault Alpine A442B No. 2 in the hands of Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi.
The latter, who put in double stint in an overheated cockpit at the end of the race, fainted at the finishing line, then again on the podium. He lost 7 kg in 24 hours. He was so intent on victory that his fingers left an impression on the steering wheel!


1980

Grands Moment 1980 24h

RONDEAU MAKES HISTORY

At the age of 30, Le Mans-born Jean Rondeau, a keen driver frustrated by his lack of an adequate set of wheels, decided to build his own cars in a small workshop just a stone’s throw from the Sarthe circuit. From the outset of the project in 1976, Total numbered among his partners. On 15 June 1980, he achieved a win, together with Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, at the wheel of the Rondeau M379-Ford No. 16. To this day, Jean Rondeau remains the only driver to have triumphed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans at the wheel of a car of his own design bearing his name. Sublime.


2009

Grands Moment 2009 24h

PEUGEOT SHOWS ITS CLAWS

Peugeot made their big comeback to endurance in 2007, meeting the turbodiesel V12 racing engine challenge with the 908 HDi FAP. Total developed a full range of specific lubricants, fluids and greases for the lion brand. Following two promising podium appearances, the Team Peugeot Total achieved a superb double win in 2009: the No. 9 (David Brabham / Marc Gené / Alexander Wurz) won, followed by the No. 8 (Franck Montagny / Sébastien Bourdais / Stéphane Sarrazin). The competition was left six laps behind.


2014

Grands Moment 2014 24h

NISSAN INNOVATES, TOYOTA HEADS FOR TITLES

A sensation at Le Mans: invited by the ACO to garage 56, reserved for experimental technologies, the spectacular Nissan ZEOD RC, a hybrid prototype for which Total was the technical partner, was the first car to complete a lap of the Le Mans circuit in 100% electric mode. Toyota Racing, also making use of Total lubricants, settled for third place with their TS040 Hybrid No. 8, behind two Audis. The Japanese team marked up no fewer precious points in the World Championship. Five months later, Anthony Davidson and Sébastien Buemi won the drivers’ world title in Sakhir then the manufacturers’ world title in Sao Paulo.


2016

Grands Moment 2016 24h

ALPINE MAKES A TRIUMPHANT COMEBACK

The renewal of the Alpine brand, in partnership with Elf, was crowned with a sporting achievement at Le Mans: 38 years after the victory of the Renault Alpine A442B, the Signatech Alpine team, twice European champion, won the hotly disputed LMP2 category with a superb fifth place in the overall ranking. Handicapped by a poor choice of tyres at the start of the race, Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stéphane Richelmi put in a stunning nocturnal performance to win in their Alpine A460 No. 36 in incredible style. Four months later, they won the world driver and team titles at the 6 Hours of Shanghai.
 


2017

Grands Moment 2017 24h

ASTON MARTIN TAKES SUSPENSE TO THE LIMITS

Grand Tourism for grand entertainment: a tense race finish between the Aston Martin Racing and Corvette Racing – GM teams. Never more than 30 seconds apart from the start, the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R No. 63 and the Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE No. 97 returned to their respective pits at the same moment, 45 minutes from the finish. The final combat between the American Jordan Taylor and Britain’s Jonny Adam was magnificent. The latter took the lead at the start of the final lap and, with his team-mates Darren Turner and Daniel Serra, gave Aston Martin Racing and Total a superb victory in the LM GTE Pro category.

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