Forget the 24 Hours of Le Mans, or even the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, 2013 will mark the inaugural running of the world’s longest racer, the Maxi Endurance 24 Hour race.
Taking place at the Circuit of Navarra in northern Spain, it’s been dubbed, “the longest race in the world.” Cars will compete in five categories, ranging from the current international GT3, Ferrari Challenge and Porsche Cup racers to CN prototypes and GT4 race cars. Almost 40 teams have already committed to the grueling endurance race which will kick off on March 14th, 2013.
To up the ante on the race, the prize purse is significant ranging from $263,500 to $527,000 depending on the number of entries, and all teams are allowed to perform all rescues and repairs, including engine changes. According to the rules, each team can have between five to eight drivers for the race with a maximum 10 hours per driver in stints of two hours each.
Overall, over 80 models of vehicles across 28 different brands are eligible for the race.