The 1955 Le Mans accident. .
On lap 35, Hawthorn and Fangio were racing as hard as ever. Hawthorn had just lapped Levegh for the first time and then shortly went past Lance Macklin's slower Austin-Healey for the seventh time with Fangio on P2 but behind the two lapped cars. Having got the order from his Jaguar crew to pit, Hawthorn, just having lapped Macklin, braked very hard, using the advanced disc brakes of his Jaguar D-Type, just right in front of the Austin-Healey. This forced Macklin to take an evasive action, pulling towards the left. Levegh, running around 240 km/h, tried to brake as the blue car unexpected pulled into his path, the Mercedes' drum brakes didn't slow him in time and his car mounted the rear of the Austin-Healey, launched the car into the air.
Levegh's car struck a concrete barrier and shattered. The air brake, front axle and the engine was hurtled straight on into the crowd for almost 100 meters. The heavier components was crushing everyone in their path, the bonnet lid of the air brake was scythed through the air decapitating the spectators like a guillotine. Levegh was also thrown out the car to be killed instantly as his head was fatally crushed upon impact with the ground. The remains of the car caught fire when the fuel tank ruptured, igniting the magnesium alloy Elektron bodywork. .
Lance Macklin was unhurt, but he thought one spectator had died where he hit the barrier. Between fire and debris, 83 spectators were killed along with Levegh, another 120 were injured. Everything took place in 200 meter and 4 second.
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