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Posted: 13 Jun 2014
In its long history, there’s only one man who’s tackled the 24 hours of Le Mans in a car bearing his own name and won. That man is Jean Rondeau. And this is his car: the Rondeau M379.
In very Top Gear fashion, Rondeua built the steel tubular spaceframe and aluminium sheet reinforcement chassis in his back garden. Then he dumped a 450hp, F1-sourced Cosworth DFV V8 in it and went racing.
In 1980 Jean and his teammate, Jean-Pierre Jaussaud, managed 338 laps, holding off Jacky Ickx in a privately entered Porsche 936 who was two laps behind. Heroes.