Gran Turismo 4

  Competitor Data for Endurance Races.

            Version 1.0

           May 17, 2006


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Written by: Lars M. Hansen (lambert (at) hansenonline.net) 
(c) 2006


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Disclaimer: I've made every effort to capture the lap times of every car
in every race, but it is possible that I may have missed one. However, 
these should be the most likely competitors for each race. 

Best laptimes simply means that it is the fastest laptimes that I observed
for each car. It does not imply that that cars will run every lap at that
speed, nor that they will actually run at that speed. It simply gives you
some indication as to what to expect from the competition.

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Endurance races can be so much fun, but only if you are racing with a car 
that is suited for the race at hand. Entering every endurance race with the 
Audi R8 might ensure a win, but if you're racing against regular production 
cars, where's the fun in that? So, I have put together this guide that will 
tell you all you need to know about each endurance race before you enter it, 
so you are better prepared with regards to your choice of car.

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   Grand Valley 300KM
   
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This is a 60 lap race at the Grand Valley Speedway. The cars are all Touring 
cars or JGTC cars, so pick car accordingly. Plan for 3 pit stops, just about 
every 15 laps, or you can do 4 stops, with a couple of short but fast stints 
to get a gap, and then cruise through the rest. This can be risky, especially 
if you calculate your stops poorly, and end up having to make a fifth stop.

The toughest competitors in this race are the Mazda RX-7 LM Race car, the 
Nissan Motul Pitworks Z (JGTC), the Mazda RX-8 Concept LM Race car and the 
Toyota Woodone Tom's Supra (JGTC). These cars all put in fastest laps under 
1:55.0, so you need to be able to match that. This does in no way mean that 
the rest of the competition is pushovers. The Honda Loctite Mugen NSX clocked 
in only 0.1 second outside of 1.55, and the 2000 Ford Falcon XR8 was only 0.1 
seconds behind the Loctite.

Here are a list of likely competitors, the fastest laps, and expected laps 
between pitting.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Mazda RX-7 LM Race car           01:53.453        15
   2    Nissan Motul Pitwork Z (JGTC)    01:53.772        15
   3    Mazda RX-8 Concept LM Race Car   01:54.134        12
   4    Toyota Woodone Tom's Supra       01:54.813        14
   5    Honda Loctite Mugen NSX (JGTC)   01:55.099        13
   6    2000 Ford Falcon XR8             01:55.237        11
   7    Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car        01:55.526        14
   8    Opel Astra Touring Car           01:55.593        15
   9    Toyota au Cerumo Supra (JGTC)    01:55.714     
   10   Mercedes CLK Touring Car         01:55.717        15
   11   Nissan Pennzoil Zexel GT-R       01:55.766     
   12   Nissan Xanavi Hiroto GT-R        01.55.769     
   13   Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra       01:55.824        13
   14   Honda Takata Dome NSX (JGTC)     01:55.848        13
   15   BMW M3 GTR Race Car              01:55.866     

These are the fastest laps I've observed with these cars. There are other 
cars as well, but these appear to be the fastest 15 cars.

Tire recommendation: Hard racing tires. Keep some super-hard and mediums on 
hand in case you need some extra speed or you need to run a few extra laps 
before pitting. The hard racing tires should keep you out for 15 laps or so, 
unless you are driving really hard.

Other suggestions: Don't take on more fuel than you need for the number of 
laps you need to go. Also consider using different tires on the front and 
back if your tire wear is uneven. 

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   Laguna Seca 200 Miles

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This is an American muscle car, 90 lap endurance race at Laguna Seca raceway. 
You'll probably be pitting in every 15-20 laps, depending on your driving 
style and choice of tires, so that'll put you at 5 or 6 stops.

The toughest competition in this race will come from the Ford GT '05, the 
Saleen S7 '02, the Shelby Series 1 Supercharged '03 and the Proto Motors 
Spirra V8. These cars will do their fastest laps under 1:32; and I've seen 
the Ford go under 1:30 as well.

It's difficult to pass at Laguna Seca, so cars often gets stuck behind slower 
cars, so lap times vary tremendously.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Ford GT '05                      01:28.881        16
   2    Proto Motors Spirra V8 '04       01:30.328        16
   3    Saleen S7 '02                    01:30.758        22
   4    Shelby Series 1 '03              01:31.081        17
   5    Chevrolet Corvette ZR-1          01:32.248     
   6    Chevrolet Corvette Z06           01:33.508        21
   7    Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sports  01:33.562     
   8    Dodge Viper SRT10 '03            01:33.570     
   9    Callaway C12                     01:33.599     
   10   Dodge Viper GTS '99              01:33.776        18

One would think that the Saleen S7 would prevail with its very long stints, 
but the Ford GT is the probably the biggest threat here. It's only marginally 
faster than the Saleen, but it drives incredibly fast also on cold and worn 
tires, and may catch up to the Saleen in the 6 laps between when it pits and 
the Saleen pits.

Tire recommendation: Hard racing tires should give you 15 laps or so, and 
good laptimes as well. Super hards will give you longer stints, but your 
laptimes will drop, and that might move you out of contention.

Car recommendation: If you want to win easily, pick any of the top 3 cars on 
the list above. If you want more of a challenge, pick one of the bottom 3, 
the Pontiac GTO or the Ford Mustang SVT Cobra...

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   Roadster 4h Endurance

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This is a Mazda Miata race. You have to pick a Miata to be able to enter. 
There's really no serious research necessary for this one. All the Miatas 
will do laps around 1:15 - 1:16, with the occasional dip into 1:14, so 
there's your target time.

Tire Recommendation: Hard sports tires. No racing tires allowed in this race, 
and the hard tires should give you enough speed and endurance you'll need to 
win this race.

Car Recommendation: Pick the Miata with the color you like best. At least it 
will look good on replay...

If you are afraid that you won't be able to win with a stock Miata, put a 
racing chip in it. That'll give you a few extra horses, which will bring your 
car over the top.

Lap times coming soon...


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   Tokyo R246 300KM

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Again, a JGTC/Touring Car race. Pick car accordingly.

I'm not going to put out a list of cars for this race. It's the same list as 
for the Grand Valley 300 KM race at the top of the page. Lap times here are 
around 1:40 - 1:43, depending on the car. The fastest car list appears to be 
very similar, with the Nissan Motul Pitwork Z and the Mazda RX-7 and RX-8 
putting in the fastest laps. Most cars here go for two stops, with stops 
between laps 24 and 29, again depending on car. For instance, the Pitwork Z 
pits on lap 28 and 56, the Toyota au Cerumo Supra pits on lap 27 and 54.

   #   Car                               Best Laptime    Pits
   1   Nissan Motul Pitwork Z            01:39.837        28
   2   Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car            01:39.885        28
   3   Mazda RX-8 Concept LM Race Car    01:40.172        22
   4   2000 Ford Falcon XR8              01:41.080        22
   5   Opel Astra Touring Car            01:41.090        29
   6   Toyota au Cerumo Supra            01:41.138        27
   7   Honda Loctite Mugen NSX           01:41.281        26
   8   Nissan Penzoil Zexel GT-R         01:41.525        28
   9   Toyota Castrol Tom's Supra        01:41.811
   10  Honda Takata Dome NSX             01:41.848        27
   11  Audi A4 Touring Car               01:42.235
   12  Honda Mobil 1 NSX                 01:42.247 


Tire recommendation: You can do this with hard racing tires, if you nurse
them. Everyone pits at least twice, so if you can do 20 laps on hard tires,
then you are good to go. Always bring a set of super-hards with you in case
you don't make 20 laps on your first stint, because if you have to make three
pit stops, you may not be able to win the race. Pit stops put you back about
35 seconds, plus another 10-15 seconds of lost time due to cold tires on the
first couple of laps and potential traffic. 


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   Super Speedway 150 Miles

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This is truly a high speed race. The incredibly short and smooth track along 
with the fastest cars in the game is sure to get the adrenalin pumping. Bring 
out your best race cars, because this is a race where 10ths of seconds 
matters.

The toughest opponents here are going to the be two Nissan race cars (R89C 
and R92CP), the Sauber Mercedes C 9 and the Minolta Toyota 88C-V. That 
doesn't mean that the other cars will be pushovers, but those 4 cars show up 
very frequently, and they always drive fast!

Here's a little table showing some of the faster cars and their fastest 
laptimes.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits 
   1    Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car     00:29.2          43
   2    Nissan R89C Race Car             00:29.2        41/42
   3    Nissan R92CP Race Car            00:29.2          40     
   4    Minolta Toyota 88C-V Race Car    00:29.3          38
   5    Bentley Speed 8 Race Car         00:29.7          44    
   6    Peugeot 905 Race Car             00:29.7     
   7    Mazda 787B Race Car              00:29.8          48    
   8    Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car            00:29.8          33    
   9    Audi R8 Race Car                 00:29.9     
   10   Toyota 7 Race Car                00:30.3          49    
   11   Toyota GT-One Race Car           00:30.3     
   12   Pescarolo Courage C60 Race Car   00:30.4     
   13   BMW V12 LMR Race Car             00:30.6          49    

Tire Recommendations: Hard racing tires might seem like a gamble, but it does 
look like everyone pits twice. So, as long as you can make your tires last 34 
laps, you can you get away with using hard tires. Since these have more grip, 
you can maintain a higher speed during those corners, and that might give you 
the edge you need... You can also short-fill on fuel, which means you'll 
shave a couple of seconds off your pitting time.

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   Nurburgring 24Hr Endurance

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Welcome to my nightmare. I hope you're gonna like it.

This is quite possibly the most difficult race to win (A-Spec), and only a 
very few have what it takes to race for 24 hours. Not only does it take 24 
hours to race, but you cannot save your progress. You can pause it, and leave 
it on, but not save...

This is another Touring Car/JGTC car race, and the cars that appear here are 
the same as those appearing in other similar races, like the Grand Valley 
Endurance race.

There is one almost unbeatable competitor you might encounter in the race: 
the Chaparral 2D Race car. If you see that on the list of car, you might as 
well want to back out and try again. It's incredibly fast, and it last 6 laps 
between pitting, and its tires are not even worn out enough to make it wipe 
out anywhere.

So, let's take a look at the competition.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Chaparral 2D Race Car '69        7:00.072         6
   2    Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car '02    7:16.980         6
   3    BMW M3 GTR Race Car              7:19.747         6
   4    Nissan Falken GT-R Race Car '04  7:20.023         5
   5    Audi A4 Touring Car              7:21.752         6
   6    Alfa Romeo 155 2.5 V6 TI '93     7:22.947         5
   7    Opel Calibra Touring Car '94     7:28.029         5
   8    AMG Mercedes 190 E Evo II        7:33.439         6

I've left out the JGTC cars here, because none of them appear to pose any 
real threat to the cars on the above list. Also, the Opel Astra did not show 
up in any of the races that I started, so I was unable to clock a time for 
it. I would suspect that it would come in between 3rd and 6th on this list.

Tire recommendation: Super-hard tires will likely give you 5 laps, hard tires 
will give you 4 laps, but with much better lap times.  Bring both, and see 
how you do with either. 4 very good laps may be better than 5 mediocre laps, 
even if some of the competition is doing 6 laps between stops.

Other recommendations: Your car will suffer from rigidity degradation. 
Consider getting the rigidity upgrade before you start the race, or you may 
find yourself with a car that gets very difficult to handle after about 8 
hours of racing.

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   Nurburgring 4 hour endurance

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This is one of the easier endurance races. The cars are all regular 
production cars, so the speeds aren't too high, and navigating the Ring isn't 
too complicated. The duration of the race is also not too long, and it can be 
completed in one sitting.

This list contains the most frequently seen cars that has a fastest lap under 
8:30. These are your biggest and most likely competitors.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Lotus Elise 111R '04             7:40.107         5
   2    ASL Garaiya '02                  7:47.753         6*
   3    Opel Speedster Turbo '00         7:49.981         4*
   4    Honda NSX Type R '02             7:56.532         5
   5    Honda NSX Type S '01             8:00.713         5
   6    Clio Renault Sport V6 Phase 2    8:05.150         4*
   7    Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi     8:08.545         5
   8    Jaguar XKR-Performance '02       8:11.994         5
   9    Mazda RX-8 Type S '03            8:14.183         5
   10   Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII GSR   8:14.197         4
   11   Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport   8:16.115         6
   12   Ford Mustang SVT Cobra '00       8:17.972         5
   13   BMW M3 '04                       8:20.150         5
   14   Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II    8:20.279         5
   15   Audi RS 4 '01                    8:20.729         5
   16   Jaguar S-Type R '02              8:20.853         5
   17   Chevrolet Camaro SS '00          8:21.571         5
   18   Mercedes CLK 55 AMG              8:27.203         5

The Opel Speedster should pit every 4 laps, but its tires are so bad at the 
end, that it will crash when going down the hill towards the pit-in. Because 
of this, it will consistently miss the pit-in, and have to do a fifth lap on 
really bad tires, losing about 4 minutes on that lap. Because of this, the 
Opel is not really as big a threat as it may look, as it will only be able to 
pick up 30-40 seconds on the next few laps.

The Clio Renault has some significant problems on the last lap before 
pitting, causing a major time loss. So, even if it does take off leaving you in 
the dust, you should be able to make up a minute or two every 4 laps...

The Lotus also has some control problems, especially on lap 1 and 5. Most 
cars lose 30-40 seconds on the pit-in lap, while the Lotus is likely to lose 
between 50 and 70 seconds. However, due to its high speed, it's a difficult 
car to beat.

The ASL Garaiya does run into some trouble on the last lap before pitting, 
but not enough to take it out of the race like the Opel and the Renault. In 
all the tests that I've done, this car has only come up once, so it may not 
be a frequent show for you either, but if it does show up, it will be as big 
a threat as the Lotus.

Tire recommendation: Hard sports tires. The medium sports tires doesn't have 
the durability to be of much use here. Try the hard tires and aim for 5 laps 
between stops.

Other tips: Pick a car you enjoy to drive, and keep its engine stock. Any 
engine upgrades will sink your A-Spec points, and make the race too easy. If 
the Lotus (any Lotus, actually) shows up, consider re-starting the race. It's 
not unbeatable, but the Honda NSX should be competitive enough for most.

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   Suzuka 1000 KM

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Yet another JGTC/Touring car race, and this is definitively a track that 
favors the Japanese GT car. The car list and ranking is almost identical to 
the Grand Valley list. Some of the cars didn't show during my tests, but it's 
safe to assume that the top 5 cars from the Grand Valley list will also be 
very competitive in this race.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Mazda RX-7 LM Race Car '01       02:03.617        15
   2    Nissan Motul Pitwork Z           02:03.974        14
   3    Mazda RX-8 Concept LM Race Car   02:04.159        11
   4    Toyota Woodone Tom's Supra       02:04.408        13
   5    2000 Ford Falcon XR8             02:05.516        11
   6    Toyota au Cerumo Supra           02:05.642        14
   7    Mercedes CLK Touring Car         02:05.753        14
   8    Nissan Xanavi Hiroto GT-R        02:05.845        14
   9    Opel Astra Touring Car           02:05.890        15
   10   Honda Takata Dome NSX            02:06.200        15
   11   Nissan Penzoil Zexel GT-R        02:06.213        14
   12   Abt Audi TT-R Touring Car        02:06.674        14
   13   Audi A4 Touring Car              02:06.850        14
   14   BMW M3 GTR Race Car              02:06.931        12

Tire Recommendation: Suzuka is a track where grip is essential, so you may 
want to forgo the super hard (R1) tires on this one, and go with the hard 
(R2) tires instead. It appears like the competition are on hard tires as 
well, at least that seems to match up with B-Spec Bob and his speed and 
pitting. Attempting the race on super hard tires may give you longer stints, 
but the cost of 2-3 seconds per lap in lost time is going to be hard to make 
up...

Other tips: As always, only fill up as much fuel as you need for your next 
pit stop. Go out hard on the first lap to try to pass at least two of the 
slower cars into the first corner. Be careful with the two right hand corners 
before T1; if you can't make either of those corners, you'll end up in the 
sand pit, and lose a lot of time.


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   Motegi 8 hour Endurance

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The Motegi Endurace race is a race of tuner cars. The list below is, as far 
as I can tell, the only competition you will see in this race. The various 
incarnations of the Honda S2000 are probably going to be the toughest 
competition. The Amuse S2000 R1 goes 32 laps between pitting, and that might 
be difficult to top.

Here's a little table showing some of the faster cars and their fastest 
laptimes.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Opera Performance S2000          02:12.683        29
   2    Amuse S2000 R1                   02:13.657        32
   3    Opera Performance 350Z           02:14.545        21
   4    Spoon S2000                      02:16.291        22
   5    Nismo Fairlady Z S-Tune Concept  02:16.811        23
   6    Mugen S2000                      02:17.623        22
   7    Tom's X540 Chaser                02:19.656        19
   8    Nismo GT-R LM Road Going V.      02:20.371        26
   9    Trial Celica SS-II               02:21.133        14
   10   Spoon Civic Type R               02:22.110        12
   11   Spoon Integra Type R             02:25.965        11

Tire Recommendations: Hard sports tires will keep you out on the track for a 
long time, but grip may be an issue. For a challenge, try N2 tires. My B-Spec 
driver (you didn't think I was A-Spec'ing all these races to collect this 
info, did you?) did 40 laps in the Opera Performance S2000. He wasn't 
winning, but once I turned the speed up, he was keeping up with the best of 
them.

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   Tsukuba 9 hour Endurance

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Finally a regular car race. This is a short track with some surprises. It 
appears that some cars are having some trouble passing, while others are hard 
to pass. Because of this, the order may change quickly after some cars starts 
to pit, and the car to look out for may not be the one you first thought.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Lotus Elise 111R '04             01:02.003        33
   2    Honda NSX Type R '02             01:03.682        33
   3    Mazda RX-7 Spirit R Type A '02   01:04.183        36
   4    Clio Renault Sport V6 Phase 2    01:04.281        22
   5    Nissan 350Z '03                  01:04.422        31
   6    Nissan Skyline GT-R V-Spec II    01:05.455        24
   7    Toyota Supra RZ '97              01:05.741        28
   8    Subaru Impreza Sedan WRX STi     01:05.799        21
   9    Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VIII '03   01:05.823        22
   10   Subaru Legacy B4 2.0GT '03       01:05.913        20
   11   Mazda RX-8 Type S                01:05.994        30
   12   Audi A3 3.2 Quattro '03          01:06.194        23
   13   Alfa Romeo GT 3.2 V6 24V '04     01:06.669        16
   14   BMW 330i '05                     01:06.746        26
   15   Alfa Romeo 147 GTA '02           01:08.900        15

As far as I can tell, that is the complete line up for this race. I'd suggest 
trying to avoid racing the Elise and the NSX. Their consistent fast laps make 
it almost impossible to keep up with them. Bring hard and medium sports 
tires. Start with the hard tires, and change to medium if you need a little 
extra speed.

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   Circuit de la Sarthe I 24 hour Endurance

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The second of three 24 hour Endurance races, and this on the infamous Le Mans 
circuit. The cars are all (with a few exceptions) LMP1 race cars, which are 
the fastest cars in Gran Turismo 4. I don't know why they sometimes would 
include the Corvette C5R and Panoz Esperante GTR-1, as they are not LMP1 
cars, they compete in the LM-GT1 class. Along with the Nissan R390, these 
pose no threat at all, and are just obstacles that have to be passed every 
10-12 laps.

The (almost) complete list of cars along with fastest observed laptimes 
follows:

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car     3:26.140          7
   2    Nissan R92CP Race Car '92        3:26.984          7
   3    Nissan R89C Race Car '89         3:28.172          7
   4    Mazda 787B Race Car '91          3:28.808          8
   5    BMW V12 LMR Race Car '99         3:30.747          8
   6    Audi R8 Race Car '01             3:30.942          8
   7    Playstation Pescarolo C60 '04    3:31.867          8
   8    Toyota GT-One Race Car '99       3:32.285          9
   9    Bentley Speed 8 Race Car '03     3:33.430          9
   10   Nissan R390 GT1 Race Car '98     3:38.647          8
   11   Panoz Esperante GTR 1 Race Car   3:47.831          8
   12   Chevrolet Corvette C5R '00       3:58.300          9

Recommendations: Any car in the top 7 will do, with a little tuning. The 
Pescarolo, with the proper tuning can give the Sauber a run for its money, 
and it's not just because it runs a lap longer before pitting. All of these 
cars in the hands of a decent a-spec or b-spec driver can do laps under 3:26. 
Bring along both Super-Hard and Hard tires, as you may need to make some 
changes unless you have done some preliminary testing. The Pescarolo will do 
8 full laps on Hard tires, so there shouldn't be necessary to use the Super 
Hard tires. It has to stop every 8 laps to refuel anyways... 

No Minolta Toyota? That's right. In all the test runs I did, the Minolta 
never showed. The above are all the cars that showed up in 15 line ups. 
However, the Minolta will show in the ...

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   Circuit de la Sarthe II 24 hr Endurance

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More or less the same track as above, but there are no chicanes on the back 
straight, which makes the track about 15 seconds faster. The track is very 
bumpy, especially towards the end of the long straight, so make sure there's 
room in your suspension to absorb it.

And, everyone's favorite race car, the Minolta Toyota, is here.

Here's the list of cars and observed best laptimes.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car '89     3:11.728     8
   2    Minolta Toyota 88C-V Race Car '89    3:12.342     8
   3    Nissan R92CP Race Car '92            3:12.487     8
   4    Nissan R89C Race Car '89             3:13.963     8
   5    Mazda 787B Race Car '91              3:15.139     9
   6    Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car '88            3:15.244     8
   7    Peugeot 905 Race Car '92             3:16.067     9
   8    Ford GT40 Race Car '69               3:53.291     

That's all the cars that I've observed. Any of these cars can win the race 
(with the possible exception of the Ford...). You can also use the cars from 
the other Sarthe race, and they'll have a good shot at winning too.

The lack of a chicane on the back straight reduces fuel consumption and tire 
wear, so most cars will last one extra lap. Bring Super Hard and Hard racing 
tires and maybe even some mediums. Do a rigidity refresher before starting, 
if necessary, and consider installing the as well. This is an extreme race, 
and your car will go "soft" if you don't have the extra cage.


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   Fuji 1000 KM

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Don't like the Fuji racetrack? Well, here are 288 laps of it, again with the 
LMP1 cars. This race appears to have the same choice of cars as the Sarthe I 
race. This track is fast, and even small errors will quickly end up being 
valuable seconds that will be hard to catch up.    

The list of cars along with fastest observed laptimes follows:

   #    Car                              Best Laptime   Pits
   1    Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car '89    01:17.439    15
   2    Nissan R92CP Race Car '92           01:17.662    15
   3    Nissan R89C Race Car '89            01:17.764    15
   4    Mazda 787B Race Car '91             01:18.411    19
   5    Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car '88           01:18.991    15
   6    Audi R8 Race Car '01                01:19.104    20
   7    BMW V12 LMR Race Car '99            01:19.435    21
   8    Playstation Pescarolo C60 '04       01:19.691    22
   9    Bentley Speed 8 Race Car '03        01:19.903    20
   10   Playstation Courage C60 '03         01:19.965    22
   11   Toyota GT-One Race Car '99          01:20.107    20
   12   Nissan R390 GT 1 Race Car           01:22.520    18

There are other cars as well, but none of the clocks laps under 1:20, so 
they're rather irrelevant in the big picture.

Tire recommendation: Bring your Hard and Medium racing tires. I suspect the 
cars pitting every 15 laps are running on Mediums, and the ones pitting later 
are running on Hard tires. My car during testing (Pescarolo) did 22 laps 
(same as the other Pescarolos) on hard tires, so I think it's a fairly safe 
assumption.

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   Infineon World Sports

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More fast cars on another fast track. More LMP cars on a track that really 
play havoc on your tires. The Sauber and the Nissan R92CP are again the two 
fastest cars on the track, and it's really hard to keep up with anyone on 
this track...

The mandatory list

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Nissan R92CP Race Car '92           01:22.601     14
   2    Sauber Mercedes C 9 Race Car '89    01:22.683     14
   3    Nissan R89C Race Car '89            01:22.766     14
   4    Mazda 787B Race Car '91             01:23.171     16
   5    Playstation Pescarolo C60 '04       01:24.002     18
   6    Audi R8 Race Car '01                01:24.100     18
   7    Jaguar XJR-9 Race Car '88           01:24.214     12
   8    BMW V12 LMR Race Car '99            01:24.373     17
   9    Playstation Courage C60 '03         01:24.526     17
   10   Toyota GT-One Race Car '99          01:24.635     16
   11   Bentley Speed 8 Race Car '03        01:25.246     17
   12   Nissan R390 GT 1 Race Car           01:27.102     14
   13   Panoz Esperante GTR-1               01:30.273     14
   14   Dodge Viper GTS-R Team Oreca '00    01:30.769     15
   15   Chevrolet Corvette C5R              01:32.243     15

Tire recommendations: Consider hard tires on the rear and medium up front, or 
step it up one hardness level. The problem is that putting the super-hard 
tires on the rear takes away a lot of grip, and you'll end up with too many 
trips in the grass.

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   El Capitan 200 Miles Endurance

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This is a sports car race with a very nice prize car: The Minolta Toyota Race 
Car. The track is very unforgiving with lots of twists and turns and nice 
changes in elevation. Probably the most scenic of all the tracks, but who has 
time to look at the scenery?

With the sports tire restriction, tire wear is the biggest concern. There 
will be quite a few pit stops, so you can probably save some time by sort-
filling on fuel and only fill up as much as you need. In addition, carrying 
less fuel means less weight, which is good news.

And now for the car list

   #    Car                              Best Laptime   Pits
   1    Lotus Motor Sport Elise '99         01:54.229    12
   2    Proto Motors Spirra 4.6 V8 '04      01:56.059    11
   3    Pagani Zonda C12 '00                01:56.123    19
   4    Shelby Series 1 Super Charged '03   01:56.742    14
   5    Lotus Espirit Sport 350 '00         01:57.054    14
   6    TVR T350C '03                       01:58.043    11
   7    TVR Cerbera Speed Six '97           01:58.043    11
   8    Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C5) '00     01:58.684    16
   9    Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport '96  01:59.047    13
   10   Dodge Viper GTS '99                 01:59.204    14
   11   Dodge Viper SRT10 '03               01:59.484    17
   12   Mercedes SL 65 AMG '04              02:00.069    11
   13   Callaway C12 '03                    02:00.348    16
   14   Aston Martin V8 Vantage '99         02:01.546    11

Tire Recommendations: Bring hard and medium sports tires. You may need a fast 
stint every now and then, and having the option to pit more often but shave 1 
1/2 second of you lap time might come in handy.

I would suggest avoiding the Zonda and the Elise. Even if the Zonda isn't 
that fast, it will only pit three times (lap 19, 38, 57), while most other 
cars will pit at least 4 times. This gives the Zonda at least a 20 second 
advantage on everyone else, in addition to its high speed.


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   New York 200 Miles Endurance

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Only 200 more miles to go, and it's all over. And these are not just any 200 
miles, these miles are in the Big Apple, Manhattan, New York City. And, no 
pedestrians allowed.

The cars in this race are sports cars, very much the same list as for the El 
Capitan endurance. However, this track is very different with all of its 
right-angle corners. This seems to change things around a bit. The Lotus 
Motor Sport that did so well on El Capitan doesn't seem to like these corners 
at all, but the Corvette and the Dodge Viper SRT10 seems to do better.

So, here's the list of cars and lap times.

   #    Car                              Best Laptime    Pits
   1    Pagani Zonda C12 '00                01:45.630     31
   2    Proto Motors Spirra 4.6 V8 '04      01:46.831     19
   3    TVR Cerbera Speed Six '97           01:47.254     18
   4    Chevrolet Corvette Z06 (C5) '00     01:47.724     26
   5    Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport '96  01:48.237     22
   6    Dodge Viper SRT10 '03               01.48.522     28
   7    TVR T350C '03                       01:49.419     19
   8    BMW M5                              01:49.526     23
   9    Ford Mustang SVT Cobra R '09        01:49.618     19
   10   Mercedes SL 65 AMG '04              01:49.665     18
   11   Callaway C12 '03                    01:49.856     26
   12   Lotus Motor Sport Elise '99         01:50.027     23
   13   Dodge Viper GTS '99                 01:50.101     23
   14   Aston Martin V8 Vantage '99         01:52.163     17

Tire recommendation: You have to use Sports tires, so that puts a big damper 
on the selection. Bring Hard and Mediums; you might just be able to run the 
last stint on softer tires, giving you more speed to either build a bigger 
lead or to catch up a few seconds on the car(s) ahead of you.

So, there it is. The "incomplete" complete guide to all the endurance races. 
It is entirely possible that you may face a car that is not listed anywhere 
here. I've tried to make it as complete as possible, but I can only do the 
same race so many times before I have to give up.