The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the ultimate endurance racing test, requiring engineering teams to balance outright speed with consummate efficiency.
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And thus it’s no coincidence that the last nine winning vehicles have all been propelled predominantly by diesel (a couple have employed diesel-hybrid powertrains). Yes, the last time a petrol-powered car took the chequered flag at the world’s oldest sports-car endurance race in France was way back in 2005.
But, despite this rather telling statistic, the public still largely views diesel as petrol’s dirty, dreary younger cousin.
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