I found this well-resourced sports car racing resource, Mulsanne’s Corner.
The Mulsanne Straight refers to a long stretch of the Le Mans course, before it was “chicane-modified” in 1990. Here are more specific details (that I’ve edited) about the Mulsanne Straight, from Wikipedia:
Le Mans was most famous for its 6 km (3.7mi) long straight, called Ligne Droite des Hunaudières. As the Hunaudières leads to the village of Mulsanne, it is often called the Mulsanne Straight in English. The Porsche 917 long tail had reached 380 km/h, but after engine size was limited, the top speed dropped until the Group C allowed powerful turbo engines. Speeds on the straight reached over 400 km/h (250 mph) during the late 1980s, and the combination of high speed and high downforce caused tire failures. Due to safety concerns two roughly equally spaced chicanes were consequently added to the straight before the 1990 race to limit the achievable maximum speed.
Mulsanne’s Corner is a serious resource for the more than casual weekend racing enthusiast. I read into the analysis of the aerodynamic tweaks done on the newest version of the newly dominant Audi R15 race car, which won at its debut at Sebring. This site goes into details even the serious racing enthusiast would not be aware of. It makes for very interesting reading!
For a better description of what this site is all about, read this:
Technical analysis of contemporary sports prototype racing cars (Group C, IMSA GTP, WSC, LMP), delving into how they are designed, how they are built, and the functions behind their aesthetics. Contents include technical dossiers of current prototypes as well as GTP and Group C cars of the past, hundreds of photos, articles, and related links.
You couldn’t ask for a more specific description of what this site entails. I like Mulsanne Mike’s tagline. “It’s marvelous to go so very fast!”
You can also check out the Mulsanne’s Corner Facebook site at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18574449098
Racing Ready isn’t aspiring to get to this level, but it’s good to know that such a resource is available. Essentially, this is to really see how the big boys do it!