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Old 23 Apr 2023, 07:54 (Ref:4152539)   #1
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I've been going to Le Mans since 1986 and in that time I've heard some incredible sounding cars. As the years have passed, the cars have generally got quieter. For the sake of something else to discuss with a few weeks to go, what do you think were (are) the best sounding cars you've witnessed at Le Mans? (And this isn't intended as a vehicle to discuss whether the noise made by the 787B was sublime or ridiculous... ).

I'll start. In no particular order -
  • Toyota TS010
  • McLaren F1
  • Peugeot 905
  • Matra (any Matra really.....)
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 09:00 (Ref:4152545)   #2
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My first trip was in 2010 and the Lola-Aston LMP1 really stood out. A beautiful scream.
https://youtu.be/1PYVXVM4K4A

And another Aston, the naturally aspirated Vantage. I preferred the harder edge to its sound compared to the Corvettes.
https://youtu.be/MuOYuuPK01I

The ghostly whoosh of the diesel Audis was also a favourite.
https://youtu.be/CKIc1BcWDlM

And if course, the second (?) exhaust layout of the 911RSR-19. A genuinely musical exhaust note.
https://youtu.be/kQ8riM4qNwE

You can keep your Ferrari 458s. Horrible racket.
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 09:33 (Ref:4152550)   #3
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Well after almost 40 years of going the sounds i loved best were
The mazda Rotary
The v12 jags including the lister storm
Anything with a masive american V8
The dodge Vipers
The sounds in the old tunnels when anything past over head.
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 09:39 (Ref:4152553)   #4
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- Panoz LMP1
- Lola Aston Martin
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 10:11 (Ref:4152557)   #5
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My first trip was in 2010 and the Lola-Aston LMP1 really stood out. A beautiful scream.
https://youtu.be/1PYVXVM4K4A
Ah yes, how could I forget the Lola Aston. Sitting up at the top of the stand in the night listening to that thing go past was always a highlight.

As for the diesel whoosh..... No, count me out on that one.....
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As for the diesel whoosh..... No, count me out on that one.....
In its way it was very impressive. Especially the Audi. But not aurally beautiful, although not horrible. Have I mentioned the Mazda rotary?

Again in no particular order. The Jaguar V12s. Almost making a V12 rumble (they shook the ground in Maison Blanche). The McLaren F1’s. The turbo sixes from many Porsche. The V8s, particularly the Corvettes and as GT6 mentioned the Vipers. I would have forgotten the Lola Aston if Akrapovic hadn’t mentioned it.
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 14:28 (Ref:4152611)   #7
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Without doubt My top3 are the V12 in the Lola-Aston Martin, the GT1 Corvette and the Porsche RSR with the famous "new exhaust".
I like the Gibson V8 in the LMP2's too and the Lotus Evora because it was loud.

I'm not a fan of the modern turbo sounds.
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Never liked the sound of the Mazda rotaries. Too harsh. Nothing smooth about their sound.

Love V12s but also loved the sound of the Porsche 935 turbos. Now those sounded SMOOOOOOTH.
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Honourable mention to our favourite failure of a car: The Mercedes CLR sounded incredible.
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Old 23 Apr 2023, 18:05 (Ref:4152669)   #10
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No Mazda rotaries or diesel whooshes in this slightly different (but enjoyable) manner of listening to Le Mans Sounds of an earlier era even prior to Andrew's first visit. If you chaps fail to enjoy this then there is something jolly well wrong. What.

https://youtu.be/Lo3Bghgoq9g

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To be honest, the title made me think about The Cult - She Sells Sanctuary, because you hear that 23 times each Le Mans, since before I knew of Le Mans (maybe even before I was born?)
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I loved the Corvettes although I can still feel my ears hurt when sitting in the grandstand.
The first hybrid Toyota's setting of from the pitlane firering up there engins after they set of.
I disliked the diesels woooosh.
And probably a little odd, I like the sound of the wheelguns, the frrrrrrrrt makes me feel so happy, it means I'm back at LM circuit.
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And probably a little odd, I like the sound of the wheelguns, the frrrrrrrrt makes me feel so happy, it means I'm back at LM circuit.
Great point!
I am also surprised no one mentioned a Judd V10 powered car? I never heard it in real life myself, but always thought it had a great sound.
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Of course we can trust the fellow named after an exhaust to come up with the correct answer.

As I've not doubt mentioned many times over the years, my first experience of Le Mans was arriving into the Blue carpark on the Friday evening in 1997 and hearing the Panoz doing shakedown runs on the airport runway.

They remain my favourite LM car.

I even put one of their 'Sounds Like Thunder, Goes Like Lightning' stickers on my motorcar.
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And probably a little odd, I like the sound of the wheelguns, the frrrrrrrrt makes me feel so happy, it means I'm back at LM circuit.
That is a good point. Several times now I've been into the deserted circuit on the Tuesday and stood on the 'tribunes' listening to the sounds from the garages, including the occasional wheelgun, which in an otherwise almost empty track is really quite eerie....
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Not strictly Le Mans but I can’t help but have a soft spot for the LMP3 cars.

You’d expect them to be running a little 4 pot turbo or something modern and efficient but the big old Nissan V8 sounds like war and resonates between the stands on the straight. Always make sure to catch some of the Road to Le Mans action over the week.

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I'm a fan of the LMP3's and the noise they make too....
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Never heard them at LeMans, but one of my most memorable Sebring sounds was Panoz.
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As someone who started going in 2011 I generally lament how it coincided with a lot of the unique sounds being stripped away.

One memory from my first year, which I hope to hear again in just over a month:
https://youtu.be/QtUEPwHnxmU

One of the most brutal videos on YouTube I reckon.
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As someone who started going in 2011 I generally lament how it coincided with a lot of the unique sounds being stripped away.

One memory from my first year, which I hope to hear again in just over a month:
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One of the most brutal videos on YouTube I reckon.
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A real 'divider' though. I love it because I'm lucky enough to remember it but it really is loud.....
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