Recreating The 2024 24 Hours Of Le Mans: Which First-Party Content Does It Best?

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With the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans taking place this weekend, fans may be wondering which platforms are the best to recreate the event in. Here is our rundown of singleplayer choices.

Despite multiplayer racing being immensely popular in 2024, singleplayer action is still much appreciated by large parts of the community. It is possibly the easiest way to really immerse yourself in a scenario. So, which current sim racing title does this best?

Le Mans Ultimate. There, done. Goodbye!

In all seriousness though, with the official World Endurance Championship and 24 Hours of Le Mans sim title by Studio 397, it would be easy to assume that if you wanted to completely and authentically recreate this year's Le Mans event, LMU is the one to go for. But with how eager many are for immersion and realism, is it really?


If you really wanted to fully recreate this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans with official content (mods for Assetto Corsa will exist, of course), there could be other options, especially considering the features that are not yet in LMU.

For this list, we shall consider the cars in the respective titles, and which one holds the most car slots. All titles on the list feature the Circuit de La Sarthe.

To keep things simple, we are looking at titles which are still being sold and have an active playerbase, as well as first-party content related to the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Le Mans Ultimate​

Let us get the clear favourite out of the way. After adding the BMW M Hybrid V8 on June 10, that brings the number of Hypercars in LMU racing this weekend up by one. Unfortunately, it is not as simple as that considering the GTE class from last year has been replaced by GT3 for 2024 - none of which are in LMU yet.

The vehicles racing in the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans that are available in LMU are the following:
  • BMW M Hybrid V8
  • Cadillac V-Series.R
  • Ferrari 499P
  • Oreca 07-Gibson (LMP2)
  • Peugeot 9X8 (2023 version)
  • Porsche 963
  • Toyota GR010 Hybrid

It is of course worth noting that the 9X8 in LMU does not have a rear wing yet, as the 2024 version of the car was introduced in April at Imola. But there are more discrepancies, with no GT3 cars and the likes of the Alpine A424, Lamborghini SC63, and Isotta Fraschini Tipo 6-C being absent. So if you are eager for the immersion, the GTE class will be a minor issue. Additionally, the Vanwall Vandervell 680 and Glickenhaus SCG 007 LMH, which are not part of the 2024 campaign, will still show up on track.


Then, of course, there is the question of how many cars can be in a race at any one time. At Le Mans in LMU, that number is 61 when using the "fill grid" option, so a pretty decent grid, just one short of the 62 entries for 2024.

But what if the presence of the GTE class is a dealbreaker and you do not want to wait for the GT3 cars to get added supposedly later this year? Well, there are other alternatives.

iRacing​

GT3 cars are plentiful in iRacing, with the new Corvette and Mustang being added for the start of 2024 Season 3. Of course with iRacing's licencing agreement with IMSA, plenty of the cars that are racing at Le Mans this weekend that also race in IMSA can be found in the sim. Conversely, that means that cars that do not race in IMSA but are present in WEC are not in iRacing.

The following cars that are on the 2024 Le Mans Grid are available in iRacing:
  • BMW M4 GT3
  • BMW M Hybrid V8
  • Cadillac V-Series.R
  • Chevrolet Corvette Z06 GT3.R
  • Ferrari 296 GT3
  • Ford Mustang GT3
  • Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo (not the Evo2 version, though)
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
  • Porsche 963

Whilst there is an LMP2 car as well, it is the Dallara P217 that last raced at Le Mans in 2020. Additionally, there is a fourth GTP car in the form of the Acura ARX-06, which has not raced at Le Mans. It is, however, loosely connected to the Alpine A424, as they both run an Oreca chassis.


How about the car count, then? iRacing allows for a very strong 60-car grid at Le Mans. Whilst it lacks the LMH cars and the correct LMP2, it does have the GT3 advantage over Le Mans Ultimate - whether that tips the scales in favour of iRacing, that is for you to decide. Its AI is held in high regards by the sim racing community, too - but, of course, there are considerably expenses attached to iRacing.

Meanwhile, there is one other title with IMSA-licenced content that may be a good alternative.

Automobilista 2​

AMS2 may be the darling of many vintage sim racing enthusiasts, but how does it fare when it comes to recreating the grid for Le Mans in 2024? The answer is: not amazingly well. It has the same three Hypercars as iRacing, but not as many GT3s and no LMP2s, although more are to come off the back of the IMSA deal.

The following 2024 Le Mans cars are in AMS2:
  • BMW M4 GT3
  • BMW M Hybrid V8
  • Cadillac V-Series.R
  • McLaren 720S GT3 Evo
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (992)
  • Porsche 963


That makes only six cars that can be run when attempting to recreate the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans. Unfortunately, that may be the least of your troubles, as AMS2's main weakness is car count. Right now, the max number of cars in a single player session is 32, although more could be possible once update v1.6 launches this summer.

For now, 32 is more than enough at most tracks for sprint races. But for trying to recreate the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it is a bit lacking. Until Reiza Studios increases this limit, we may have to put AMS2 to the side.

rFactor 2​

Next up is Le Mans Ultimate's foundation, rFactor 2. Having been the platform that the ACO chose to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual in 2020, it is rather well-represented with first party content. Unfortunately where it falls short is the Hypercars.

The only car that raced in the Hypercar class to appear in rF2 is the Vanwall Vandervell 680, which is not on the grid in 2024. Since the focus of Studio 397 and Motorsport Games is firmly on LMU, more first-party cars are highly unlikely.

As it stands, the following 2024 Le Mans cars are in rF2:
  • Aston Martin Vantage GT3
  • BMW M4 GT3
  • McLaren 720S GT3
  • Oreca 07-Gibson
  • Porsche 911 GT3 R (not the 992)

Neither the Aston Martin nor the McLaren are in their current Evo specs, however, and the Porsche is the 991 version - the predecessor of the current GT3 based off of the 992 generation.


It may be a stretch to get the exact grid here, but there are some third-party mods on the Steam Workshop that could make up the numbers. Nevertheless, a lot of the cars are dated. But like iRacing and LMU, the sim can house up to 60 cars at Le Mans.

There are plenty of varied options for PC sim racers, but what is the best choice for those on console?

Forza Motorsport​

The first choice one may come to for consoles is Gran Turismo 7 on PlayStation 5. However, the inclusion of one Hypercar, next to no up-to-date GT3 cars and a 16-car cap in races does not make it a very attractive option. The only other alternative for a current-gen title is 2023's Forza Motorsport on Xbox Series X|S (also available on PC).

The Porsche 963 has just been added, and the Cadillac V-Series.R is on the cover, so that is a promising start.

The following 2024 Le Mans cars are in Forza Motorsport:
  • Cadillac V.Series-R
  • Lexus RC F GT3
  • McLaren 720S GT3 (non-Evo)
  • Oreca 07-Gibson (LMP2)
  • Porsche 963

Like iRacing, it also has the Acura ARX-06 that, whilst not racing this weekend at Le Mans, is closely linked to the Alpine A424.


Predictably, the limitations of the Xbox Series X console means there is a cap on the amount of cars that can be in one race. Forza Motorsport does best Gran Turismo 7 here, upping it to 24 - still not a desirable amount for an endurance race, but the best you can hope for outside of PC. However, grid customization is very limited, so the cars and liveries that will show up will always be a bit of a gamble.

Conclusion​

Depending on what you are willing to part with when it comes to first-party content in these titles, some are better than others. For those who want to recreate the 2024 Le Mans 24 Hours to a tee, this looks to be impossible by using first-party content at the time of writing. Until Le Mans Ultimate gets an updated 2024 field, maybe your best bet in recreating the entire 2024 Le Mans field is to find mods for Assetto Corsa or rFactor 2.


Which platform will you be using to recreate the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter @OverTake_gg or in the comments below!
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"Which platform will you be using to recreate the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans?"
To me, their is only one where I can run all 2024 content track, cars, skins, so it is easy, my only limit is that my system is struggling with full grid
, but my platform allows me to select how many AI and exactly which one, I want to use. After all, which SIM , even if they had the whole grid, can run a full 62 cars grid at decent performance, not even going to go into rain, nigh or rain at night.
Only one choice then, that's OK, it is also my favorite place to SIM. All good. :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:
 
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With the new update, it's impossible to play in LMF because the game freezes when you set up the entire grid for the 2024 Le Mans edition. You can only set up one category and run it. Unfortunately, they made this update so that online play is not possible. Personally, I think they ruined the game because they didn't want to face the problems they had last year with rFactor 2. That's really disappointing.
 
"Which platform will you be using to recreate the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans?"
To me, their is only one where I can run all 2024 content track, cars, skins, so it is easy, my only limit is that my system is struggling with full grid,
58 cars, but my platform allows me to select how many AI and exactly which one, I want to use. After all, which SIM , even if they had the whole grid, can run a 58 car grid at decent performance, not even going to go into rain, nigh or rain at night.
Only one choice then, that's OK, it is also my favorite place to SIM. All good. :roflmao: :roflmao: :roflmao:


I run LMU absolutely fantastically at highest settings full grid ( 61 cars not 58 ) night rain Full 24 hour replays.

7800X3D - RTX4080S - 120 fps solid - Full High + 4 Ultra - 3440x1440

The others are a joke, what simulation ? :coffee:
 
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This year Le Mans has 58 entry.

Yes but 2024 is not out yet ;) I like realism where possible so for now it's 61 cars or the highway.
I won't play S397 games running some wring-in season with a handful of skins.
I mean nice touch and I thankful for the extra stuff of course.
Full 2024 + new tracks is going to be awesome.

This is the first modern offerings in sim world to really grab my attention, like I mean ever so of course I am more engrossed and enthused.
rF2 and AMS2 Lemans and DLC and rF2 payware are great.
But you run rF2 24 hour race see how many hours in you get before you start to have issues in pits or stuck car or any number of things. Oh then try to save your progress past 6-8 hours.

Simply worlds apart imho.

However LMU still needs to produce AI control and/or swaps and most important is resume from replay. It can load 24 hour replay unlike rF2 but now it needs resume.
Without these 2/3 things by end of year I will not be so forth coming ! lol

Even possible I may not get 2024 if they have not at least announced these features and when they will be included.
 
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Yes but 2024 is not out yet ;) I like realism where possible
Yes, the 2024 is not possible with LMU, agreed. The question in the news that I am answering is:
Which platform will you be using to recreate the 2024 24 Hours of Le Mans?
LMU is not the answer, agreed. :D
 
But but it's not April Fools Day :)

My biggest gripe is this idea of adding Historic content.

Simply not for me unless you are talking about FULL seasons.

Instead make a Historic Lemans sim which gets rid of all the modern "stuff"

Spoil LMU by turning it into bitza .. ( bits of this 'n that) then you lost me.

Like, has no one learned anything ?
How modern and historic content in rF2 clash with odd tyres chassis behaviour and other afflictions ? Shakes head ........
 
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Durge man, your posts are like sim-racing stream of consciousness. I am always challenged to understand their full meaning. It's like reading Ulysses in sim-racing forum format. :confused:

Keep it coming! :thumbsup:
Be easy on him. The guy has an ISI centered obsession ;)
 
It may be! But Durgen often has good points, he has been part of the sim community for a long time. An ISI obsession? you spend time doing something you enjoy ;)
 
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lol

I be more concise.

iRacing: Too dear and missing LMP2 how is that Le Mans no matter the year ?

Automobilista 2 : Next update won't run a Le Mans field, then even if it did won't have enough slots..

rFactor 2: Flags and pitstops can be shambles.

Real ISI fanboy here ! lol
Fanboy is someone finds no wrong in their studio, I have always found plenty in ISI
wrong ! and never been afraid to admit it. So you don't even know the meaning of the word.

Le Mans Ultimate: Cheaper then ALL the rest and simulates real 2023 and will soon do 2024 :laugh:
okay it misses a Nascar because whoever won't let them use it.

DID YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THAT ? :coffee:
 
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lol

I be more concise.

iRacing: Too dear and missing LMP2 how is that Le Mans no matter the year ?

Automobilista 2 : Next update won't run a Le Mans field, then even if it did won't have enough slots..

rFactor 2: Flags and pitstops can be shambles.

Real ISI fanboy here ! lol
Fanboy is someone finds no wrong in their studio, I have always found plenty in ISI
wrong ! and never been afraid to admit it. So you don't even know the meaning of the word.

Le Mans Ultimate: Cheaper then ALL the rest and simulates real 2023 and will soon do 2024 :laugh:
okay it misses a Nascar because whoever won't let them use it.

DID YOU ALL UNDERSTAND THAT ? :coffee:
Fully agree.
 
Durge man, your posts are like sim-racing stream of consciousness. I am always challenged to understand their full meaning. It's like reading Ulysses in sim-racing forum format. :confused:

Keep it coming! :thumbsup:
You just don't understand his Aussie humor. :roflmao:

And eventhough I partly agree with you I think he has a point to some extend when it comes to how we treat ISI based sims over the last couple of years. I know, times move on and so on, but we shouldn't forget where we are coming from and where we are heading with this genre. Thatswhy it's refreshing to see products like the Last Garage because they also have that-let's-try-something-different approach.
 
LMU of course! I know it's early access an what not but they've made a great start, compounded with niggling CTD issues. I'm still getting that super slow menu issue too, but (!) other than that the on track action, AI, graphics, UI and in game music (which I LOVE) have all pleasantly surprised me. I'm glad I got in on the early access action.
 
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But but it's not April Fools Day :)

My biggest gripe is this idea of adding Historic content.

Simply not for me unless you are talking about FULL seasons.

Instead make a Historic Lemans sim which gets rid of all the modern "stuff"

Spoil LMU by turning it into bitza .. ( bits of this 'n that) then you lost me.

Like, has no one learned anything ?
How modern and historic content in rF2 clash with odd tyres chassis behaviour and other afflictions ? Shakes head ........
A full grid of a historic Le Mans? Sign me right up! There would be plenty of excellent choices, like 1970 (I have a soft spot for the 917), 1998 or 1999 (so many cool and very different concepts) and, of course, one of the Group C years. 1988 would be a favorite considering you'd have Porsche, Jaguar, Sauber-Mercedes, Toyota, Lancia and Nissan on the C1 grid as far as the big manufacturers go - plus a bunch of privateers both in C1 and C2 that fielded relatively unknown cars - would be great to shine the spotlight on those as well :inlove:
 
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lmu and AC with mods like these amazing cars by VRC and RSS
 

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Pretty sure that was supposed to read "could", as Reiza have stated that they have been experimenting with bigger grids in the past.
 

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