The car that could have toppled Audi at Le Mans

The car that could have toppled Audi at Le Mans

Small, light and agile, the MG-Lola EX257 could have taken the fight to mighty Audi at Le Mans at the turn of the century. If not for one, vital component: money

Audi's dominance of Le Mans in the early 2000s was complete. While winning the greatest of endurance races was never as easy as it looked from the outside, the Audi team in its various guises romped home every year from 2000 to '14, aside from solitary wins for Bentley ('03) and Peugeot ('09).

Could it have been different? Well, maybe. With one or two better decisions and a slightly larger budget, Audi's winning streak could have been stopped before it really got started. Toppled by a tiny team running a tiny car, the MG-Lola EX257, which came about because of a chance conversation.

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