It's only been 40 years. That's not too long to change your mind.
They're back, baby, and we're lovin' every minute of it.
But for a lack of hobbits, Porsche's Le Mans racing history could make for a Tolkienesque epic—but unlike J.R.R.'s tales, the story of Porsche at France's most famous race hasn't wrapped up just yet.
It's all about the quattro.
From the Auto Union race cars of the 1930s to the Le Mans prototypes of the 21st Century, Audi has a racing legacy many manufacturers would kill for. But their greatest contribution to the realm of automotive competition can be boiled down to one word: quattro.
Gotta give Audi credit, because their 2012 LMP1-class contender combines three technologies most car companies wouldn't squish together, even in the focus-group-free world of racing: all-wheel-drive, hybrid drive, and a turbodiesel engine. Hey, if this year's Le Mans car doesn't work out, they could always make one hell of an SUV out of the leftovers.
Blame a bunch of new vehicles we'll never see here.
The field at the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans will be a bit smaller this year, as Peugeot has announced they're shutting down their endurance racing program for the year.