The 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race is arguably the toughest race on both driver and mechanics. Not only do they have to compete against other talented drivers (some are even ex-Formula 1 talent), teams have to perform at a high level for the duration of the race.
Since drivers are pushing their cars to the limit for 24 hours, it comes to no surprise when something breaks down. What amazes us, however, is how fast teams can repair certain issues during the race.
An example of this skill is when the #64 car of Corvette Racing – driven by Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, and Marcel Fassler – came into the pits around the halfway mark to have its brakes replaced. Yes, the pit crew had to perform a complete brake change in the middle of the race.
With two men on each side, the Corvette Racing pit crew took around 14 seconds to completely replace the whole front brakes. All in all, the service lasted somewhere around 30 seconds from stop to release. Amazing.
You can watch the actual change on the video below.
Despite this effort, sadly, the Corvette Racing team had to retire its #64 car well into the third quarter of the race due to an engine overheating problem. The team’s #63 car driven by Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, and Mike Rockenfeller, on the other hand, managed to finish fourth in its class.