The infamous Le Mans 24-hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe gets underway over the weekend as the world’s toughest drivers will, once again, battle it out for a space on the winner’s podium. At 3pm tomorrow 14, 56 cars, watched by some 250,000 spectators, will set off for 24 hours of endurance racing, finishing at the same time the following day. The race is being held a week earlier than last year, to avoid clashing with a Formula One Grand Prix race. Last year’s race was won by Tom Kristensen, Loic Duval and Allan McNish for Audi, after a hard-fought battle with Toyota. It was Audi’s 12th Le Mans win, and the second win for Audi’s hybrid LMP1 prototype. But Toyota is back ready to do battle again this year, with drivers of its TS040 Hybrid model hoping that 2014 will be their year. The TS040 generates a massive 986bhp due to its 3.7-litre petrol V8 engine producing 513bhp, which is combined with a 473bhp hybrid boost.