Ever wondered what your favorite racing driver’s accommodation is like at Le Mans? Fancy staying at the circuit itself during this monumental motorsport event ?
Well now you can thanks to Empire RV. If you need to persuade your other half or group of mates, it’s actually not easy to find a hotel near Le Mans. If you’re looking to make a last-minute hotel booking, it’s unlikely there will be anything left so you need to be quick as it’s not far away now!
Unsurprisingly, we would of course recommend hiring an RV for the duration of Le Mans 24-hour race. Imagine yourself in your own vehicle, hopping out to see all the action before returning to home comforts!
Our luxury Winnebago RVs are delivered to the site and will be set up and waiting for your arrival from the Thursday before the race. You can even stay until the Monday morning after the race. Throughout the event we will ensure our team are on hand to assist with fresh water and waste management. Electric facilities are also included in our luxury packages. Ultimately, we offer a complete accommodation package so you and your fellow petrol heads can enjoy the very best accommodation within the Le Mans circuit. All of our packages as always come with bedding, towels, kitchenware, outside table and chairs etc.
Costs of our motorhomes for the Le Mans 24-hour 2016
Hiring a Winnebago for Le Mans will cost you £3000 and upwards, including delivery and depending on your requirements. Divided between 6 people or more, and this is actually quite good value – especially compared to the hotels. If you are lucky enough to find a hotel, it will probably cost several hundred Euros per night or more. Translate that into a 4 or 5-night stay and it soon adds up. If you’re happy to rough it in a tent, camp sites are much more reasonable. A 4-night pitch at the Chanteloup, for example, would currently set you back around 125 Euros. Please bear in mind though, that a pitch is traditionally around 7 metres x 5 metres, which means that, depending on the number of vehicles you bring, you may need more than one.
Limited Availability: Once again this event clashes with a couple of UK music festivals, Isle of Wight and Download Festival, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment.
So if you fancy making a booking or have any queries, drop us a line via the form below and don’t forget to include your phone number if you would like us to call you back
When is the 2016 Le Mans 24-hour Endurance Race?
This year’s event takes place on the 18th and 19th June but we would advise you leave one or two days either side. The ideal trip is probably Wednesday or Thursday to Monday. Generally speaking the atmosphere before the weekend is fantastic, with plenty of people moving in early to get the party started. After the race, however, most people pack up and disappear fairly quickly.
Camping at Le Mans 24-hour
Alternatively you can camp as there are some fantastic campsites around the circuit. We’ve stayed at a few but our favourite so far has probably been the Chanteloup, which has a swimming pool, bar, restaurant, chateau and plenty of dream cars to drool over. If you want to be closer to the action (Chanteloup is up to 30mins away), there are 15 campsites on the circuit campus and numerous official camp sites nearby. The rule of thumb is that the off-circuit sites offer better facilities and transport to and from the circuit, while the on-site options have the obvious benefit of being much closer to the action, meaning you can avoid the queues.
Le Mans 2016 Tickets
Everyone who wants to watch the Le Mans 24-hour race requires an individually bar-coded general entry ticket, which provides access to the circuit and general viewing area. You can buy your tickets online from the official Le Mans site, or you can find numerous resellers and travel companies by searching online.
Grandstand passes are an optional extra. There are plenty to choose from, although judging by the prices, the most popular seats are those closest to the start/finish line. Again you can use the link above to buy grandstand tickets.
Where is Le Mans?
Le Mans is approximately half-way between Paris and Nantes in the west of northern France. It’s fairly easy to get to by road, and the French motorways are generally fairly clear – even on the Le Mans weekend. Our advice is to keep on the toll roads. If you’re travelling from the UK by car (our Winnebagos will generally be delivered on site prior to your arrival) you can get to Le Mans from various different ports. Caen, Le Havre, St Malo and Cherbourg are all approximately 3 hours away from Le Mans; Roscoff (if you’re coming from Plymouth) takes about 4 hours and Calais is about 5 hours away. Ferry times and crossings vary, so it’s best to travel your journey carefully to avoid a midnight arrival!
Journey to Le Mans – Speeding
BEWARE of speeding. Many people buy, hire or borrow something exotic for the Le Mans weekend, but this fact has not escaped the French Gendarmes. They will happily issue you with a hefty fine. If you’re planning on ignoring this advice, take plenty of Euros with you!
Getting You in the Mood!
Testing starts at Le Mans around a fortnight before the race, giving the teams a chance to make their final adjustments. For anyone who loves the Le Mans 24-hour, here are a couple of videos for you.
Best Le Mans 2011 Video
This first video is one of the best Le Mans videos we’ve ever seen. It’s fairly long but it documents the unbelievable events of Le Mans 2011, where Audi scooped an amazing victory against all the odds, with only one of their three cars remaining intact (the two others had horrific crashes – it’s all in this film). If you don’t have a spare 13m 44secs, just watch between 9m 50secs and 11m 20secs – truly brilliant driving and amazing footage (we’ve watched it hundreds of times – especially the crazy overtake on the grass!):
Pre-Le Mans 2013 Testing Video
In preparation for the Le Mans 24-hour race, twenty teams recently went to Paul Ricard Circuit du Castellet for two days of testing with the FIA WEC. They needed to get some track time and work out any technical issues well before the 24-hour, as well as getting ready for the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Here’s a recent video of the testing at Le Castellet, posted by the FIA WEC: