Le Mans

Good afternoon,
ladies and gentlemen.

On this circuit, the world's
most famous motor race is run.

Conceived by Charles Faroux
and Georges Durand

shortly after
the first World War,

shortly after
the first World War,

the course was named after
the nearest town

and the number of hours
that men and machines

are put to the supreme test
of speed and stamina.

The circuit is 13.469
kilometers, or 8.418 miles.

Composed of country roads linked
with the main highway

nearly all of it open to traffic
363 days a year.

Along the 3.2-mile
Mulsanne straight

the cars reach a maximum speed
in excess of 230 miles per hour.

The first race was run in 1923.
The lap record was nine minutes,
39 seconds.

The average speed,
66.69 miles per hour.

Last year, the lap record
was three minutes, 22 seconds.

The average speed,
145.508 miles per hour.