Since 2014, Shell has been the Official Fuel Partner of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), providing Shell V-Power LM24 ‘superfuels’ to competitors in all rounds of the series including its showcase event, the Le Mans 24 Hours.
But did you know that at Le Mans every winning car this century has crossed the line using Shell fuel? And that this year will see the 60th Le Mans winner to use Shell fuel out of 84 editions of the race since 1923?
Of the 59 wins to date, a total of 46 have come through Shell’s partnerships with automotive OEMs. Shell develops the solutions that empower its technical partners to achieve great strides in performance and efficiency – while making legendary moments in motorsporting history.
The evolution of the fuels within the cars is unseen and little talked about in comparison with technology such as disk brakes, turbocharging or even effective windscreen wipers – everyday technologies that were all tested and proven at Le Mans.
The Grand Prix d’Endurance (to give the Le Mans 24 Hours its more formal name) was founded because it was felt that regular Grand Prix cars – the forerunners to today’s Formula 1® – were becoming too specialised to have any relevance to road car development.
Thus a race which included daylight and night time driving was decided upon, with cars which were required to have headlights, on-board starter motors, convertible roofs and mud guards. At the first race in 1923 it was French motor manufacturers who showed everyone the way home but in the thick of the action for much of the race was a man called John Duff in a 3.0 litre Bentley that used Shell lubricants.