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Safety improvements and new garages at Le Mans

A Toyota LMP on the Le Mans circuit
 Sam Collins
 Friday, April 10, 2015

The development of the circuit at Le Mans continues with the announcement that five new pit garages will be constructed in 2016. This will raise the total number of garages to 60. A new multi storey structure will be built at the Parc Ferme end of the pit lane, taking in the existing single level ‘misery row’ building and adding to the total number of garages. 

This will close off what is currently the entrance to Parc Ferme leading to a reorganisation of the under utilised area and the working paddock itself.  

The track at Le Mans has undergone significant upgrades in the run up to the 2015 24 Hours race with improvements to the run off areas in the Porsche Curves, scene of a spectacular crash last year which saw an Audi R18 LMP1 car destroyed.  The barriers, which now include additional tyre walls and TechPro segments have been moved back by as much as 30 metres in some places as part of an ongoing process of upgrades to the famously challenging sequence of corners.

Meanwhile changes have been made to the track width on the section between Mulsanne Corner and the entrance to the Porsche Curves and the picturesque grass verges have been asphalted over. Further work will see more parts of the track removed from the public road network which will be rerouted near Indianapolis and Arnage corners.

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