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WEC Le Mans
WEC Le Mans Cover.jpg
Alpha Denshi
Platform(s)Arcade, Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, ZX Spectrum
Genre(s)Racing simulation
Arcade systemKonami Dual 68000[7]
CPU2 × 68000 @ 10 MHz
1 × Z80 @ 3.58 MHz
SoundYM2151 @ 3.579545 MHz,
K007232 @ 3.579545 MHz
Display320×224 resolution, 60 Hz refresh rate,
2048 colors on screen,
65,536 color palette[8]

WEC Le Mans is a racing simulation video game released in arcades in 1986 by Konami. It was the first racing video game to depict the 24 Hours of Le Mans.[citation needed] The Lap of Le Mans is split up into three sections, during which the time of day changes from day to dusk, dusk to night, and night to dawn.


The game attempted to realistically simulate car driving, with the car jumping up and down, turning back and forth, and spinning up to 180 degrees, with an emphasis on acceleration, braking, and gear shifting, along with the need for counter-steering to avoid spin-outs. It also featured accurately simulated courses approved by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, and used force feedback to simulate road vibration in the form of a vibrating steering wheel that reacts to the driver's acceleration and off-road bumps.[9]

The game is known[by whom?] as being very difficult to complete, the tracks width remains constant at 3 lanes of racing, and any slight contact with an opposing race car will result in either a spin, or a spectacular flip in the air. Going off the course and running wide at a corner will also end in a spin.

Arcade cabinet

WEC Le Mans deluxe arcade unit
WEC Le Mans deluxe arcade unit

Konami released three different video game arcade cabinet versions of the video arcade game, an upright machine, a 'mini' spin where the driver sat in a sit-down cockpit, and the 'big' spin version, the deluxe arcade version that would actually spin the gamer around a 360° spinning base, turning left or right depending on the corner. The front of the 'big' spin arcade machine looked like a real Prototype C Race car.

The arcade cabinet was expensive for its time, with a high price of £7000 in 1986,[10] equivalent to £20662 or $25787 in 2020.


The game had several ports by Imagine Software (as Imagine Studios) to Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, MSX, and ZX Spectrum. A rumored 16-bit port to the Amiga and Atari ST was mentioned, but never came to fruition.

The original arcade game can be played on home systems via MAME, though the arcade cabinet cannot be simulated.


Reception (Ports)
Review scores
Publication Scores
ACE 841/1000[11] 832/1000[11]
Computer and
Video Games
82%[12] 83%[12]
Crash 66%[13]
The Games
14%[14] 61%[14]
Sinclair User 91%[15]
Your Sinclair 9/10[16]
Entity Award
Your Sinclair Megagame

The arcade version was critically acclaimed upon release. In Japan, Game Machine listed WEC Le Mans on their January 15, 1987 issue as being the most-successful upright arcade unit of the year.[17] Following its debut at the Preview '87 show,[6] in September 1986,[5] Computer and Video Games gave it a positive review in its January 1987 issue, with Clare Edgeley declaring it her favourite game at show, describing it as a "fast and realistic racing simulation" and praising the rotating cockpit cabinet, concluding it to be the most "exhilerating [sic] game" she played in months. She gave it "the edge" over Out Run, mainly for better "movement", but noted "many seem to prefer Out Run."[6] At the ATEI (Amusement Trades Exhibition International) show in January 1987, both Out Run and WEC LE Mans "stole the January show" according to Computer and Video Games.[5] Clare Edgeley reviewed it again in the February 1987 issue of Sinclair User, stating it "is far and way the most sophisticated and certainly the most thrilling game I've ever played", describing it as "like Hang-On" but "with a racing car which you actually sit inside" and a "movement system" that "is entirely different from anything experienced before" where "you really get thrown around" and "which simulates each action, even spinning," and "shakes the whole car" when going off track or skidding on the marked border lines. She stated "there are hazards to avoid, other cars bombing past you", "great graphics and high speed."[10]

It was also commercially successful in arcades. On the Coinslot dedicated arcade game chart, it was number-three, behind Street Fighter and Continental Circus.[18]

The Spectrum version of the game also earned critical acclaim.[15][16] The Spectrum version was also commercially successful, reaching 4th place on the UK Spectrum chart in May 1989.[19]

Konami's Tanaka Fumihaki cited WEC Le Mans as the chief inspiration for Konami's 1995 game Speed King.[20]

The Spanish magazine Microhobby valued the game with the following scores[21]: Originality: 30% Graphics: 70% Motion: 80% Sound: 50% Difficulty: 80% Addiction: 80%


  1. ^ a b "WEC Le Mans". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  2. ^ a b "WEC Le Mans". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "WEC Le Mans". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  4. ^ a b "WEC Le Mans". Generation MSX. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  5. ^ a b c Commodore is Awesome. "Commodore is Awesome" (PDF). Vintage is the New Old. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  6. ^ a b c "Wec Le Mans arcade game review". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  7. ^ "System 16 - Konami Dual 68000 Based Hardware (Konami)". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  8. ^ "libretro-mame/wecleman.c at master · twinaphex/libretro-mame · GitHub". GitHub. Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  9. ^ WEC Le Mans 24 at the Killer List of Videogames
  10. ^ a b "Wec Le Mans arcade game review". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  11. ^ a b "World of Spectrum - Forced Redirect". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  12. ^ a b "World of Spectrum - Forced Redirect". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  13. ^ "World of Spectrum - Forced Redirect". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  14. ^ a b "World of Spectrum - Forced Redirect". Retrieved 12 June 2015.
  15. ^ a b Sinclair User WEC Le Mans review, Issue 83, page 9, score 91%
  16. ^ a b Your Sinclair, WEC Le Mans review, Issue 39, page 55, score 9/10, Megagame award
  17. ^ "Game Machine's Best Hit Games 25 - アップライト, コックピット型TVゲーム機 (Upright/Cockpit Videos)". Game Machine (in Japanese). No. 300. Amusement Press, Inc. 15 January 1987. p. 21.
  18. ^
  19. ^ UK Spectrum Sales Chart, May 1989 Archived 2014-01-26 at the Wayback Machine, position #4
  20. ^ "Konami". Next Generation. No. 19. Imagine Media. July 1996. p. 70.
  21. ^ (Spanish) Wec Le Mans - ZX Spectrum de Imagine Software (1988) - article on Soloretro

See also

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