In commemorating the 9th chapter of the Le Mans Classic, official partner Richard Mille has introduced the all new RM 11-03 Le Mans Classic (LMC).

Following on from its highly successful episode in 2016, the biennial motoring event will, once again, descend upon the Circuit de la Sarthe from July 6 to 8, 2018.

Some 500 cars that raced on the track from 1923 – 1981 are expected to be seen at the circuit this year. These are then split into 6 different groups according to their racing periods. A 7th category — Group C, which was started as of 2016 — then brings together GT and prototype cars from 1982 through to 1993; a period of time that is termed, the Golden Age of Endurance by those in the know.

Behind the racing machines will be a lineup of well-known drivers from the racing world, including 2009 F1 World Champion, Jenson Button — who will join Group C driving a 1988 Jaguar XJR-9 — as well as other former 24 Hours winners such as Henri Pescarolo, Jochen Mass and Stéphane Ortelli.

Sights from the Circuit de la Sarthe during the 2016 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)
Sights from the Circuit de la Sarthe during the 2016 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)

Richard Mille will be on ground with friends such as former F1 driver, Felipe Massa along with WRC champion and WRX rallycross driver, Sébastien Loeb. McLaren Automotive will, as well, be at the Le Mans Classic with their 570S Sports Series and 720S Super Series in a show of their partnership with Richard Mille.

Coming back to the RM 11-03 LMC mentioned earlier, this is the first time we see the RM 11-03 in white ceramic, dressed in British racing green on the tachymeter, sub dials and crown.

The RM 11-03, as we know it, is of course, an automatic flyback chronograph paired with an oversized date display at 12 o’clock and month display 4 and 5 o’clock — and for the first time, a 24-hour chronograph totalizer at 6 o’clock. 24 because, you know, 24 hours of Le Mans.

The timepiece is slated to be officially launched over the 2018 Le Mans weekend in a limited issue of 150 pieces.

The RM 11-03 Le Mans Classic issued in a limited run of 150 pieces, commemorating the 2018 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)
The RM 11-03 Le Mans Classic issued in a limited run of 150 pieces, commemorating the 2018 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)
The caliber RMAC3 powering the RM 11-03 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)
The caliber RMAC3 powering the RM 11-03 Le Mans Classic (Image: richardmille.com)