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Chickens, Heel, Toilet: 13 & Nbsp; Silly Questions To A Real Le Mans Driver
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The film "Ford vs. Ferrari", a feature film about one of the most famous motorsport confrontations of the 20th century, which was at stake in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in the mid-1960s, is being released in Russia. In honor of this, they shot a breathtaking video about the battle between Americans and Italians, remembered the most unusual cars that competed in the marathon, came up with an entertaining quiz dedicated to the race, in which raffle tickets to a private screening of the film, and also talked with the main Russian Le Mans racer - the pilot of the G-Drive Racing team, Roman Rusinov, who told us about the marathon in simple words.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver

Rusinov began competing in endurance races back in 2003 and twice climbed the 24 Hours of Le Mans podium, and in 2018 his crew came to the finish line first. However, later the team was deprived of victory, accused of violating technical regulations due to the inconsistency of the filling device with the rules. The team filed an appeal, but it was dismissed. But Roman still plans to win the main race of the planet, but for now - answered some stupid questions about Le Mans.

What to do if you want to use the toilet in the car?

This usually does not happen - during the race, the pilot loses a lot of water … But if he suddenly snaps, then you have to endure. Diapers? We don't have any diapers.

Part of the race takes place at night - do you want to sleep?

During the shift - no, because the body is as productive as possible. But between shifts, you need to force yourself to lie down and sleep! You need to learn this, because the race is difficult, you need to be able to rest, and without good sleep it is very difficult to maintain concentration. The very night at Le Mans is mesmerizing! For me this is the most favorite time of the race, but at the same time it is the most dangerous! This is the whole point of Le Mans.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver

And if you want to eat?

I want to eat all the time! After each shift, which lasts two to three and a half hours, I literally eat a whole chicken.

What to do if the heel is combed on the Mulsan straight (the longest straight on the track - editor's note)?

As a rule, during the race, it reduces certain muscle groups, because it is very difficult to withstand 4 hours with such a landing in the car - the racers almost lie in sports prototypes. What to do? Prepare with a professional massage therapist, and if the muscles are still cramped, you just need to forget about the pain! It’s not easy to do this for the first five minutes, but we simply don’t have time to think about something hurting or even itching.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver

Why are there three pilots? Can't take it anymore? Can the two of you?

According to the regulations, each crew must have 3 pilots. No more and no less. It is very difficult for two to drive such a race as Le Mans nowadays! In the past, racers really rode in pairs, but today the load on the body has increased due to the tremendous speeds and completely different overloads in the corners.

What's the scariest thing about Le Mans? The most frightening, I mean?

Do not finish due to technical failure. And it's even worse to lose the first place because of the wire, which costs a ruble …

In the daily marathon of 2019, the crew of Roman Rusinov was in the lead for half the distance. However, after the next pit stop, the engine of the car with number “26” refused to start (according to the rules, all work with the car on the pit lane must be done with the engine turned off). It took 20 minutes to fix the problem. The car of the Russian driver returned to the track with a lag of 4 laps from the leader.

Later it turned out: the prototype just broke off one wire, the cost of which is 10 cents. But in order to find and eliminate the cause of the malfunction, the team's mechanics had to check all the car's wiring.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver

What's the coolest thing?

The very energy of Le Mans, struggle, speed.It is a very fast and old school track with a lot of dangerous walls that limit the track. All this makes Le Mans unique.

How do you drive at night - there is no lighting on the track?

We drive with headlights, but to be honest, they don't help much. Therefore, you have to go from memory.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions for a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions for a real Le Mans driver

How much does a car for Le Mans cost?

More than a million euros - and this is in the pre-top LMP2 class. Factory cars are even more expensive.

The cost of an LMP2 car for Le Mans consists of several components. The chassis is purchased separately and its price according to the regulations should not exceed 483,000 euros. This amount does not include electronics and engine. Motors are usually rented by teams from a powertrain manufacturer. Along with the engine, an engineer is assigned to the team, who will be engaged in tuning the power plant and its maintenance.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions to a real Le Mans driver

How many laps / hours in a Le Mans car can an average person take without preparation?

Not at all - most likely, he will send her into the wall in the first corner! Or even right when leaving the boxes, as soon as the pit limiter is turned off (speed limiter for safe movement along the pit lane). If you sit on the right side of a professional racer, then … two laps will withstand. Maximum.

Why is Le Mans so hard to win? After all, there is 24 hours for this

Because anything can happen in 24 hours. Every lap you overtake slower cars from the more mainstream classes, and every overtaking is a huge risk. And all these 24 hours the car, the riders and the team are working to the limit of their capabilities.

Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions for a real Le Mans driver
Chickens, heel, toilet: 13 stupid questions for a real Le Mans driver

Then, if the car is broken, why fix it? After all, there are likely to be participants whose cars do not break down, and they will obviously get there faster

To win at Le Mans, you must definitely finish! Because nobody knows what will happen to all the other participants. The last victory for Porsche was won after a breakdown. True, there are much more cars in the LMP2 class than in the LMP1, so in case of problems it is more difficult for us to win. And yet, after the repair, you must definitely leave and continue the race. Because every lap at Le Mans is an additional experience that will come in handy in the future.

And yet: Le Mans or Formula 1?

Le Mans, one hundred percent!

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