“I know from practice yesterday that you’re taking on more fluids than are actually in the car to drink on an hourly basis. And if you want to do four hours in the car in this temperature, you are definitely going to have to direct more power into the air conditioning into the cockpit.”
Heat is just one of Tandy’s headaches. The World Endurance Championship driver, who will race in a Porsche 919 hybrid, is more than aware that he and his team are facing their toughest challenge in recent years.
Toyota Gazoo Racing, a manufacturer that includes former Formula One drivers; Anthony Davidson and Sebastian Buemi, want to take the title from the most successful manufacturers in the sport’s history, and the bookmakers are backing them to do so. Porsche, who have won the race a record 18 times since their first entry in 1968, could be lucky to make the podium this time out.