The next weekend, June 18-19, will be the oldest endurance race â€” the 24 hours of Le Mans. It is performed with 1923, but for the first time in the history of the competition to take part in the pilot without limbs.
French businessman and part-time racer-lover, Frederic Sausset lifelong dream to perform in the daily marathon 24 hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, to dare to realize his dream it prompted a rare disease of blood poisoning, the result of which in 2012 the doctors had to partially amputate all limbs of men.
It is interesting that in the same year was made a rule of “Garage #56”. Initially it was invented for machines that will go out of the overall testing new technologies in real conditions. The first customer pilot garage was supposed to be a hydrogen-electric GreenGT H2, but it didn’t manage to bring the race to mind. Instead, the garage houses the futuristic and ultra light (total 500 kg) the Nissan DeltaWing, which is very successfully performed in 2012, though not reached the finish line.
46-year-old Frederick will go on the car number 84 is an open prototype Morgan team Oak Racing with the V10 engine from the Audi R8 LMS GT3 class. The uniqueness of his car in the system, which will allow him to operate the machine, along with healthy companions Tense Christophe and Jean-Bernard Bova. But the main problem of Sausset calls long change drivers which in training came to five minutes. By race time I will try to reduce by half.
Sausset will control the car using the pedals located at the hips, and the wheel will cope with a prosthesis, which is mounted on long stumps of the right hand (left hand will be free). Transmission for him to be transferred to auto mode, and the problem with evacuation in case of fire settled… use a small catapult: squib kicks the chair with the pilot half a meter.
To compete in the Le Mans Frederick took three million euros. Two gathered sponsors in the composition of the Audi, Michelin, Axa insurance company and Onroak Automotive. “I had to find a new meaning in life. It was logical that I found a new challenge that is my passion,” replied Sausset, when asked about such a courageous act, as the performance in the most severe race.