And with the emergence of hybrid powertrains, the 24-hour event once again acted as a racing laboratory. The media center was the ideal place to watch the beginning of the race. The LMP1 cars pulled out early leads with the eeriness of the silent Audi engines and Toyota Hybrids
belying their speed as they tested out future technologies that will soon be on everyday cars. Due to mistakes and unreliability some of the LMP1 cars began to fall away but the biggest disappointment was the brilliant Nissan Deltawing concept, which ultimately showed it was all style over substance.