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Circuit de la Sarthe
Circuit de la Sarthe 2005
Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (Full)
The evolution of the Circuit de la Sarthe in Gran Turismo
Country Flag of France France
Circuit Length 8.625 miles (13.881 km) (2005)
8.410 miles (13.535 km) (2005 (No Chicanes))
8.489 miles (13.662 km) (2009)
8.43 miles (13.57 km) (2009 (No Chicanes))
Turns (Left/Right) 21 (Layout I)
19 (Layout II)
Track Type Real World Circuit
Road Type Tarmac
Appears in Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo (PSP)
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
Fastest Lap (real) 3:21.27 (Alain Ferté, Jaguar XJR9)
Selected Others 3:33.483 (Tom Kristensen, Audi R8)
3:35.529 (Mark Blundell, Bentley Speed 8)

The Circuit de la Sarthe is a real world circuit in Gran Turismo 4, Gran Turismo (PSP), Gran Turismo 5 and Gran Turismo 6. It is an exact replica of the Circuit des 24 Heures in France, the home of the 24 Heures du Mans motor race.

The circuit is available in 5 layouts/variants, with the 2013 variant featured in GT6.

The circuit is based on a closed section of the track just south of the town of Le Mans in northern France.

Circuit LayoutsEdit

Circuit I (2005)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe I

Circuit de la Sarthe I (labeled as Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 in Gran Turismo 5) is a recreation of the Le Mans Circuit from between 2002 and 2005. The 13.88 km course featured, among its 21 corners, the newly added L'Arche Chicane and Le Florandiere Chicane on the Mulsanne Straight. These chicanes were designed to slow the cars from the 400 km/h+ speeds that were acheived on the old straight section. It also features a slightly modified infield section and flattened Mulsanne Kink at the third section of the mulsanne where Peter Dumbreck, among Mark Webber on the same weekend, managed to flip his Mercedes CLR on the bumpy track. it has appeared in a Demo in the Tokyo Game Show 2010.

Circuit de la Sarthe Hybrid (Chicanes On)

Circuit de la Sarthe I (in red) superimposed onto the full course.

The Circuit appears in:

In GT4Edit

Circuit II (2005 No Chicane)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe II

Circuit de la Sarthe II (labeled as Circuit de la Sarthe 2005 (No Chicane) in Gran Turismo 5) is a replica of the Le Mans Circuit from 2002-2005 but without the roadblocks on the Mulsanne straight. The 13.53 km circuit features a flat-out 6 km section commonly known as the 'Mulsanne Straight' (Ligne Droite des Hunaudieres) where race speeds can reach in excess of 400 km/h. A few select players would use the hidden chicanes here just to take their time racing in this high speed course, especially when they're in the lead.

Circuit de la Sarthe Hybrid (Chicanes Off)

Circuit de la Sarthe II (in blue) superimposed onto the full course.

The Circuit appears in the following events:

In GT4Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 + No Chicane (GT5)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009 (Full)

This layout is featured in Gran Turismo 5. It is the 2009 version of Sarthe.

The lap record is 3:18:513 set by Stéphane Sarrazin in 2009 while driving a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.

Circuit de la Sarthe 2013 (GT6)Edit

Circuit de la Sarthe 2009

This track layout appears in Gran Turismo 6, and to date is the newest version of Sarthe playable in Gran Turismo.

The lap record for this version of the track is 3:16.887, set by Neel Jani at the 2015 event in a Porsche 919 Hybrid.

Around the CircuitEdit

Sector 1 & 2Edit

LeMansDunlop

The famous Dunlop corner and bridge

From the start/finish line, the circuit follows a gentle right-hand turn on approach to the Dunlop chicane, a tight right-left-right complex, as it passes under the famous "Dunlop Bridge". The 2009 version has tighter corners at the Dunlop Curve to create more run-off area. This is followed by a short straight, leading into sweeping left then right hand corners at the northernmost point on the course.

Tertre Rouge

The infamous Tertre Rouge as seen from a freeway

From this follows the most important corner on the circuit, Tertre Rouge, a fast right hand turn with gravel on the outside to punish mistakes.

Sector 3 to Mulsanne CornerEdit

Forza Chicane

The Forza Chicane (L'Arche Chicane), the first of two chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight

Michelin Chicane

The Michelin Chicane (Le Florandiere Chicane), the second of two chicanes on the Mulsanne Straight

Mulsanne Kink

The Mulsanne Kink as seen from a distance, which marks the exit of the Mulsanne Straight

A good exit speed from Tertre Rouge is crucial, as it leads to a 2 km flat out straight (the Hunaudières, also called the Mulsanne Straight) on Layout I/6 km flat section on Circuit II. This straight, run on public roads, is punctuated on Circuit de la Sarthe I by two chicanes, a right-left (Forza Chicane/L'Arche Chicane) then a left-right (Michelin Chicane/Le Florandiere Chicane) approximately 2 km apart. Speeds on this section can top 400 km/h in some cars.

At the end of this section lies a very tight right-hand hairpin corner, the Mulsanne Kink, known as Mulsanne for short.

Route to ArnageEdit

Indianapolis Curve

The Indianapolis Curve, a difficult blind corner leading to...

Arnage

...the not-so-easy Arnage, which in turn leads to...

Porsche Curves

...the Porsche Curves

From Mulsanne, the road narrows dramatically into a fast, fairly straight section. The run down to Indianapolis has two right hand kinks. At the end of the long stretch is a quick right hand bend followed by a sharp left hand turn (Indianapolis). The next corner is a slow right hand corner (Arnage). After Arnage, the track has a 1 km straight heading to the Porsche Curves. This marks the final section before the track returns to the non-public stadium section.

Stadium sectionEdit

LeMansstartfinish

Stadium section at night in reality.

This section begins with a fast, uphill, right-hand turn followed by the tricky left-right-left Porsche Curves and a short straight. As the pit lane entry approaches on the right, the track follows a pair of slow, left-right chicanes (Ford Chicanes) into the shadow of the large grandstand marked by the sight of a stadium on the right side of the track, and across the finish line.

Easter EggsEdit

  • In GT4, at the start during replay (when your car crosses the start/finish line at the start of the race), you can see three jet fighter planes on the top left corner spewing colored smoke forming the colors of the French flag (the left plane spews blue smoke, the middle spews white, while the right spews red).

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