About the l’Automobile Club de l'Ouest

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) founded in 1906 is the creator and organiser of major motor sporting events including the first grand prix in the history of motor racing in 1906 followed by the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1923. The ACO’s aim is to develop long-distance racing and since 2012 it has been the organiser and promoter of the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC). The club is also the creator of the continental series: the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, former American Le Mans Series (1999), the European Le Mans Series (2004), and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its own circuits at Le Mans, the ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos, the 24 Heures Karting, the 24 Heures Camions and the French Motorcycle Grand Prix.

But above all the ACO is a club made up of enthusiasts who defend the rights of car users on a daily basis, and it gives its members a privileged welcome to enable them to live their passion for motor sport at the events it organises.

The ACO also has a driving school, Le Mans Driver, a leisure and kart competition complex and simulators, an Enterprise department for the organisation of seminars, a team of guides providing tours of the installations of the Le Mans circuits, two official boutiques in Le Mans and Paris as well as eight regional agencies.

Le Mans

Le Mans
15/08/2021

The ACO pays tribute to the memory of Nathalie Maillet

The Automobile Club de l'Ouest is extremely saddened by the loss of Nathalie Maillet, Spa-Francorchamps circuit director.

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Le Mans
25/06/2021

The ACO unveils its CSR strategy

On Friday 25 June, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, founder and organiser of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, unveiled its Corporate S...

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Le Mans
04/05/2021

New organisation to lead ALMEM

Cyrille Taesch Wahlen will leave the Automobile Club de l’Ouest and his position as CEO of Asian Le Mans Endurance Management...

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Le Mans
01/04/2020

LMP2 performance level refined

In order to harmonise performance levels between the Hypercar and the LMP2 categories, the FIA WEC Committee and the ACO have...

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Le Mans
05/01/2021

Frédéric Lequien appointed head of LMEM

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest welcomes the arrival of Frédéric Lequien as head of Le Mans Endurance Management. He succeeds...

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Le Mans
23/11/2020

What’s on at the Le Mans race tracks in 2021?

Ready for next year? As an unusually difficult year comes to an end, the Automobile Club de l’Ouest is confidently looking fo...

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