Aston Martin Racing - AMR-One LMP1
After taking two consecutive GT1 titles with the DBR9 the factory AMR switched to LMP1 class, with the brand new Lola Aston Martin. While the car was relatively quick and successful, especially considering the somewhat lacking funding and the fact that the petrol cars could never ever challenge the diesels, Aston decided to produce a car entirely of their own. AMR-One was born, a car that only ever raced in two races before immediate project cancellation after the 2011 edition of the 24 hours. Such was the scale of the disaster. The two works cars lasted just six laps combined and neither managed to beat the LMP2 pole time, not even close. Pathetic is a mild word to describe this mess.
Japanese Lamborghini Owner's Club - Lamborgini Murcielago R-GT/R-SV GT1
Ah, JLOC and their cut-and-paste, barely moving pieces of Lambo junk. Most notably we of course remember the 2007 and 2009 editions when the car only managed to take one lap around the circuit, but especially the 2009 race made them "famous" when it seemed like the car was made of cheap plastic and whatever random spare parts they could find from the recycle bin. The final Le Mans for the team, 2010, was an improved effort but only because Reiter had given a brand new car for them. JLOC managed to keep the somewhat ill-looking machine running for more than half of the race, but only by being the slowest moving chicane on the track.
Rocketsports - Jaguar XKR GT2
The official "joke" team of GT racing during the last few years has been RSR and their infamously hilarious Jaguar XKR. While the life support plug was finally pulled off from the ALMS program earlier this year, the team did manage to get an one-off entry for the 24 hours - the 2010 edition. While the Jaguar might've not been the first retirement of that race (Autocon and their ever-so-terrible reliability takes that glory), the car was easily the slowest of the field and only managed to pull off 4 laps before ultimately retiring. In many ways this was an outstanding effort for a team that normally only manages to make one or perhaps two laps to the race, if even that. In any case, ACO's decision to allow the team participate was purely for PR reasons, as the car had never even properly raced before getting the LM entry ('09 PLM testing and Laguna don't really count)! Glad this project is finished for good...
Edited by SonnyViceR, 29 April 2012 - 23:18.