Braille Lithium Battery Wins At 24 Hours of Le Mans With Team Corvette

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The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the pinnacle of endurance racing, testing both man and machine to their limits. This is also the ultimate test of technology, performance, and safety from automotive manufacturers from all over the world. Team Corvette came to the 79th running of Le Mans on Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of Corvette’s first win at this historic race track. The No. 73 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia would prevail after a late race battle to win the new GTE Pro class.
The No. 73 Compuware Corvette C6.R driven by Olivier Beretta, Tommy Milner and Antonio Garcia relentlessly pursued the class-leading No. 51 Ferrari 458 Italia, cutting the margin by seconds every lap until the last hour of the race. Milner made the pass for the lead on the Mulsanne Straight on lap 283 and Garcia would finish the stint taking the GTE Pro class win.
“I was very happy with how the race turned out, even though it did not always go our way,” said Garcia. “We had ups and downs - we didn’t get a break with the first safety car, we had punctured tires, and so on. Every time I was in the car, I tried to go as fast as possible and stay out of trouble. You have to never give up here, and just keep pushing. Today it paid off.”

We are so happy for the team on this historic win for Team Corvette and Braille Battery as a company,” said Blake Fuller, President of Braille Battery. They never gave up after some setbacks and showed that this race is about going the distance. We have won with Team Corvette in past years but to do it with our new Lithium Battery technology is a real breakthrough. The team has been so valuable in giving us feedback on the development of our Lithium Starting Battery for the past two years and this win further validates our technology.”

The No. 74 Corvette C6.R of Oliver Gavin, Jan Magnussen, and Richard Westbrook suffered a devastating reversal of fortune after leading for nearly 16 hours. The car was extensively damaged in a crash in the 17th hour. Although Magnussen was uninjured in the high-speed shunt, the car was retired immediately.

Braille Battery has pioneered Lithium starting battery technology in many forms of racing and has now won both the Rolex 24 and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This year, Braille batteries have won at the Daytona 500 in NASCAR, the 12hrs of Sebring, and The Streets of Long Beach in the American Le Mans series, including every Formula 1 race this season just to name a few.

Braille Lithium Batteries will start the next big race of the season at Lime Rock Park, July 8-9th in Lakeville, CT. Top teams in the American Le Mans series, including Corvette, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Lamborghini and Porsche all use the latest Braille Lithium Battery starting technology.


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