24 Hours of Le Mans 2024: New KW Formula Racing dampers convince: Top 10 position in Hypercar class and double victory for KW V6 Racing customers in the LMGT3 class

The Lamborghini SC63s competing in the WEC and IMSA wear Verde Mantis green, combined with black stripes, and the Italian Tricolore.

The new Lamborghini SC63 debuted successfully at its first participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Both LMDh racing cars built by Lamborghini Squadra Corse crossed the finish line, witnessed by over 325,000 Motorsports fans.

The Lamborghini Iron Lynx team confidently completed its program despite the crowded grid with over 60 race cars on the tradition-steeped circuit and the unpredictable conditions with heavy rain showers and numerous safety car phases. The LMDh racing car, launched in 2023, impressed in its Le Mans premiere in the hypercar class.

Thanks to their “continuous piston rod” design, solid piston dampers offer the significant advantage of no gas extension force and lower hysteresis.

We use a continuous piston rod in the V6 Formula Racing CPR Heave damper and the V5 Formula Racing CPR Roll damper. Learn more about these new dampers on our blog, where we announced our technical partnership with Lamborghini Squadra Corse at the Essen Motor Show 2023.

The Lamborghini Iron Lynx team scored a top-10 finish in their Le Mans debut with their new Lamborghini SC 63.

After 309 laps, the Lamborghini SC 63 (#63), entered by the Lamborghini Iron Lynx team and driven by Mirko Bortolotti, Daniil Kvyat, and Edoardo Mortara, crossed the finish line in tenth place overall, while the sister car (#19) finished in 13th place overall. The second Lamborghini SC 63 was driven by Matteo Cairoli, Andrea Caldarelli, and Romain Grosjean.

The Lamborghini SC63 is equipped with the KW V6 Formula Racing CPR Heave and V5 Formula Racing CPR Roll dampers.

Drivers Mirko Bortolotti, Daniil Kvyat, and Edoardo Mortara scored their first championship points in the World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the Lamborghini SC 63’s debut year. Despite finishing the race two laps behind the winner, their performance secured valuable points for the team in the championship standings.

LMGT3 victory for Manthey EMA and second place for BMW M Team WRT.

In 2024, with the GT3 class now a professional category in the IMSA series, GT3 racing cars such as the Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo, BMW M4 GT3, and Porsche 911 GT3 R equipped with KW V6 Racing dampers were able to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time. KW suspension engineering also impressed at the world’s oldest and most prestigious endurance race.

With a one-lap lead and against all odds, the Porsche 911 GT3 R (#91) from Manthey EMA won the race. The Manthey Porsche drivers Richard Lietz, Morris Schuring, and Yasser Shahin were spared from the capricious weather and accidents.

Augusto Farfus, Sean Gelael, and Darren Leung drove their BMW M4 GT3 (#31) to second place.

Second place went to the BMW M4 GT3 (#31, Augusto Farfus, Sean Gelael, and Darren Leung) from BMW M Team WRT with KW V6 Racing dampers.

The Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo competed in its first Le Mans race and finished in the top 10 of the LMGT3 class.

The D’Station Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3 Evo (#777, Erwan Bastard, Satoshi Hoshino, and Marco Sorenson) finished ninth in class.

Returned to the track despite gearbox damage: the Manthey PureRxcing team.

After suffering gearbox damage and a lengthy repair phase, the Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey PureRxcing (#92, Klaus Bachler, Alex Malykhin, and Joel Sturm) also returned to the track. In the end, the Porsche finished 14th in the LMGT3 class.

The Heart of Racing’s Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT3 Evo (#27, Ian James, Daniel Mancinelli, and Alex Riberas) retired due to an accident through no fault. Despite landing on the roof, racing driver Daniel Mancinelli was thankfully uninjured.

The BMW M4 GT3 (#46) of BMW Team WRT also retired due to an accident at night. Fortunately, driver Ahmad Al Harthy was also uninjured.

Photo: Teams, Manufacturer, YouTube-Videos FIA WEC

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