In 2017 a Teng Tools supported Aston Martin GTE will be competing at the famous Le Mans 24 hour race. This will be the fourth time that Teng Tools have been at this classic event, an event widely recognised as the leading blue ribbon event of motor sport.
The Teng Tools Le Mans story started in 2004 when Morgan Cars and driver Neil Cunningham asked for help with their Aero 8 entry. A real classic British sports car that gave the factory GT2 teams a good run for their money and entertained the crowds with its fire spitting and really loud exhausts.
Driven by the late Neil Cunningham, Adam Sharpe and Steve Hyde the car had a lot of media coverage around the world, after all it was hand built and had a wooden chassis!
Six years later and in 2010 Nigel Mansell joined forces with Beechdean Motorsport to enter a Teng Tools supported Ginetta-Zytek LMP1 car racing together with sons Greg and Leo. As a former Formula 1 world champion the car received an enormous amount of pre-race publicity. Unfortunately, however, a punctured tyre caused a race ending crash and it was in fact the last major international race that Nigel raced in.
Another six years later and Teng Tools was back with Beechdean Motorsport and their awesome Aston Martin GTE car, a car that won the 2016 ELMS GTE Championship and finished the 24 hour race mid-field but gave them all the information on car settings, etc. they needed to return this year as a serious contender for a class win.
With past British GT Champions Andrew Howard and Ross Gunn together with Olly Bryant as the three drivers the team go to Le Mans in 2017 full of confidence. Testing has gone well and the team is ready.
All the action is on live TV around the world as well as widespread internet and social media coverage. See the start on June 17th, follow it through the night and see the finish on the afternoon of June 18th.
Teng Tools first got involved with the Le Mans 24 hour race in 1998 when it famously co-operated with former winner and ex F1 driver Stefan Johansson and Scalextric to not only produce a Teng Tools Scalextric set but also to recreate a scale model of the Le Mans circuit and run its own 24 hour race in a village close to the circuit – Teng Tools distributors from around the world joined that event to race in teams with Scalextric cars. The winning team won a French toilet seat – now proudly on display in Teng Tools Head Office in Sweden.