The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a motor race like no other. Taking place in France each year, it is an endurance test for drivers and cars that literally takes 24 hours to complete. Traveling from Kuala Lumpur to the Côte D’Azur, shot in breathtaking 4K and with unprecedented access to six of the teams competing for glory, Le Mans: Racing is Everything is motorsport as you’ve never seen it before.
In the final weeks before the race, Porsche, Audi and Nissan prepare to scale the Mount Everest of Motorsport. Historic Le Mans royalty, Porsche, hang their hopes on F1 veteran, Mark Webber, who’s nearly died on the course twice. A visit to Porsche’s secret storage facility in Germany, stocked with iconic race cars, serves as a reminder of Porsche’s lauded past at Le Mans and the weight riding on Webber’s shoulders. Meanwhile, reigning Le Mans champs, Audi, have cocksure three-time winner André Lotterer leading the charge and newcomers Nissan put their faith in Jann Mardenborough, a 23-year-old video gamer turned racing driver who still lives at home with his mom and dad.
Over 250,000 fans from across the globe descend on Le Mans to make the race one of the highest attended single-day sporting events in the world. Nissan boldly trash talks the competition while Audi and Porsche battle for pole position in qualifying. With 24 hours until the 24 Hours, Audi heartthrob André Lotterer soaks up the adoration of fans at the Drivers Parade. Nissan’s video-gamer-turned-driver, Jann Mardenborough, also enjoys his newfound fame but secretly battles the memory of his crash a few months prior that killed a spectator and now haunts his family. As the cars are wheeled into position on the starting grid, the drivers take their seats for the moment they’ve all been waiting for … but as they set off on the warm-up lap, one car is being wheeled back into the garage.
Porsche and Audi begin their brutal 24-hour dogfight for the lead while Jann Mardenborough’s Nissan #23 crew desperately try to get his car out of the garage. After a second place finish two years prior, Toyota’s Sébastien Buemi is after a win to make his grandfather proud. His grandfather, who competed at Le Mans decades prior, watches anxiously from the stands, worried about the unbridled power of LMP1 cars today and their ability to launch off the track with his grandson inside. Privateers Rebellion amazingly keep up with frontrunners Audi and Porsche – but when a flaming GT car slams it into the barrier just an hour into the race – it looks like Rebellion’s Le Mans could be over almost before it’s begun.
Darkness blankets one of the world’s most treacherous car races – an event that’s claimed over a hundred lives – including that of Allan Simonsen, teammate of Aston Martin’s Darren Turner. As Turner battles to keep his concentration in the dark, the fact that he’s left behind his newborn baby to race the perilous track doesn’t escape him. After a brutal crash for Audi’s #8 car, and with André Lotterer‘s #7 Audi still clawing back time after a puncture, it’s advantage Porsche. Mark Webber takes the driving seat for the first time and finally enjoys a lead at Le Mans, but as the Audi #7 closes in, there’s bad news for Porsche’s star driver.
Mark Webber sits in the pits serving his co-driver’s penalty. For an F1 champ used to working alone, it’s a harsh test of team spirit – can Webber forgive his teammate for a blunder that could cost him the race? Porsche turns their hopes to their #19 car, driven by Le Mans rookies Earl Bamber, Nick Tandy and Nico Hülkenberg. The journey to Le Mans hasn’t been easy for Bamber, who just a couple of years prior was sleeping on couches and working as a driving instructor. Now it’s make-or-break time for the young driver who has reigning champion Audi #7 hot on his heels. Meanwhile, Rebellion battle with exhaustion and electrical problems, as their driver Nico Prost fights to live up to his father Alain Prost’s racing legacy.
After the back of his car implodes, André Lotterer throws caution to the wind to claw back the time, putting in the quickest laps of the race. But even Lotterer knows he’s pushing his luck – brake a meter too late here and you’re done. Ahead of Lotterer, it’s brother against brother as F1 legend Mark Webber and rookie Earl Bamber’s Porsches go head-to-head. Yet to finish the race in three attempts, Webber’s never been hungrier for victory. Way back down the order, Nissan’s Jann Mardenborough is just trying to make it to the finish line as his dreams of a Le Mans win go up in flames.