Maximum Speeds @ Le Mans, 1961-1989

Data courtesy of Autotechnica, the 1990 Le Mans 24 Annual

Year
Practice
Race
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1968
1969
1970
1971
1972
1973
1974
1975
1976
1977
1978
1979
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
280 km/h (173.6 mph) Maserati
295 km/h (182.9 mph) Ferrari
302 km/h (187.2 mph) Ferrari
310 km/h (192.2 mph) Ferrari
310 km/h (192.2 mph) Ford
320 km/h (198.4 mph) Ford
340 km/h (210.8 mph) Ford
300 km/h (186.0 mph) Porsche
312 km/h (193.4 mph) Porsche 917
321 km/h (199 mph) Porsche 
359 km/h (222.6 mph) Ferrari
331 km/h (205.2 mph) Lola
331 km/h (205.2 mph) Ferrari
332 km/h (205.8 mph) Matra
312 km/h (193.4 mph) Ford
327 km/h (202.7 mph) Porsche 
345 km/h (213.9 mph) Alpine
367 km/h (227.5 mph) Alpine
353 km/h (218.8 mph) Porsche 936
351 km/h (217.6 mph) W.M.
356 km/h (220.7 mph) Porsche 936
355 km/h (220.1 mph) Porsche
371 km/h (230.0 mph) Porsche 936
363 km/h (225.1 mph) W.M.
372 km/h (230.6 mph) Porsche 956
374 km/h (231.9 mph) Porsche 956
381 km/h (236.2 mph) W.M.P. 87
391 km/h (242.4 mph) Porsche 962C
400 km/h (248.0 mph) Sauber Mercedes C9
366 km/h (226.9 mph) Nissan R90 CP
265 km/h (164.3 mph) Ferrari
280 km/h (173.6 mph) Maserati
280 km/h (173.6 mph) Aston-Martin
310 km/h (192.2 mph) Maserati
302 km/h (187.2 mph) Ford
325 km/h (201.5 mph) Ford
343 km/h (212.6 mph) Ford
308 km/h (191.0 mph) Porsche
319 km/h (197.8 mph) Porsche 917
331 km/h (205.2 mph) Porsche 
362 km/h (224.4 mph) Porsche
332 km/h (205.8 mph) Ferrari 
340 km/h (210.8 mph) Matra
334 km/h (207.1 mph) Matra
301 km/h (186.6 mph) Ford
337 km/h (208.9 mph) Alpine
352 km/h (218.2 mph) Alpine
362 km/h (224.4 mph) Alpine
341 km/h (211.4 mph) Porsche 936
336 km/h (208.3 mph) W.M.
347 km/h (215.1 mph) Porsche 956
346 km/h (214.5 mph) W.M.
351 km/h (217.6 mph) Porsche 956
355 km/h (220.1 mph) Porsche
348 km/h (215.8 mph) Cougar
358 km/h (222.0 mph) Porsche 956
379 km/h (235.0 mph) W.M.P. 87
405 km/h (251.1 mph) W.M.P. 88
389 km/h (241.2 mph) Jaguar XJR-9
353 km/h (218.9 mph) Jaguar XJR-12
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