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Test Drive Le Mans
"If you’ve the skills to prevail, you’ll face the ultimate challenge of the 24 Heures du Mans"
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Developer  Eutechnyx Game Type  Racer
Distributor  Infogrames Preview Date  Mar 00
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The Story so Far:
 
      For over 70 years, the 24 Heures du Mans endurance race has attracted spectators and competitors from around the world, drawn by the unparalleled glamour, excitement and atmosphere of this unique competition. Now, you too can experience the exhilaration of the world’s most famous driving event with Test Drive Le Mans, the officially licensed game of the 24 Heures du Mans race.

Select your team, then compete in one of three different classes (beginning in GT2 before moving up to the ultra-powerful GT1 or maybe the cutting edge cars of the Prototype class). Take on the role of race engineer or team manager as you adjust your car’s performance and set up the car for the race, before becoming the driver as you take your car for a spin. Consult the telemetry data for your performance and fine tune the car’s set-up on the test track, then prepare to qualify. Shave seconds off those laps times as you power round the circuit, but be careful, as a mistake at this point could cost you valuable places on the starting grid.

Before reaching Le Mans, you will tour the world as you compete in a full race season, trying to gain vital points in the Championship. As you progress, new teams will offer you a racing contract. Do you accept, or hold out for a better deal? The unique "Sign for Team" option adds a further element of tactical management to this racing simulation. Complete the race season, and if you’ve the skills to prevail, you’ll face the ultimate challenge of the 24 Heures du Mans. Alternatively, select the Arcade option and go! With no qualifying, no pit-stops and no set-up, this is the option for the real speed freak. And for the truly dedicated, there’s the Endurance option, where the player competes in the 24 hour Le Mans race - in real time! Don’t worry - Save and Load options are included for those who can’t take the pace!

Le Mans 24 Hours includes a full 24 hours of racing and simulates the passage of time smoothly between day to dusk and dawn once more. Each car has its own individual headlights, the beams of which accurately illuminate the relevant parts of the track and the other cars. Each light source has its own individual texture, a system unique to Le Mans 24 Hours, which results in an utterly realistic simulation of moving, static and ambient lighting.

"Test Drive Le Mans" roars to the virtual race course this month, delivering a realistic racing sensation of 200 mph heart-stopping action on the Sony PlayStation.

Gamers compete on official Le Mans sanctioned courses including locations in the French Alps and landmarks like the famous Dunlop Bridge.

Players choose from over 50 cars and over 25 racing teams, each with multiple styles, individual engine sounds and set-up routines allowing players to maximize performance.

With vintage Le Mans around-the-clock racing, day-to-night-to-day lighting conditions and realistic night time effects, "Test Drive Le Mans" promises intense racing action.

Game Features:

Each car featured in "Test Drive Le Mans" was designed in collaboration with actual Le Mans race teams, ensuring detailed technical specifications and performance data to provide the most realistic race experience

Tires lose traction, gas and oil levels drop and cars must pit, adding the need for strategy during the race

Precise motion dynamics enhance collision effects

Six realistic Le Mans circuits produce life-like recreations which include the world-renowned

Circuit International du Mans Impressive graphics at 512 x 240 resolution deliver unmistakable Le Mans imagery