Like ironman competitions and ultramarathons, automotive endurance contests reward resolve and resources over outright class-leading performance.
What began as an opportunity for manufacturers to showcase their vehicles’ reliability and durability has evolved. No longer does “endurance” simply refer to a period of hours in which a racecar failed to break down. Advancements in technology and system durability mean the machines can be expected keep pace with the wanderlust of the driver, however extreme. Endurance races are now an expression of manifest destiny.
Sounds dangerously fun and exciting, does it not?
What follows is a selection of the world’s most famous, and most entertaining, attempts to push the limits of man and machine.