Auto Racing: Turbine on the Hell Circuit


The "24 Hours" of Le Mans is the world's most famous auto race—and nobody is quite sure why. Perhaps it is Le Mans's history of death (more than 100 fatalities in 43 years), perhaps because it is so brutally long. Frenchmen call it La Ronde Infernale ("The Hell Circuit"). Pro drivers hate it: the 8.3-mile course is monotonous, and amateurs are allowed to compete, a fact that makes the coolest pro perspire with fright. The only man who really enjoys Le Mans is Italy's crusty old Enzo Ferrari, whose cars have won the race five times in the past...

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