And the same is true of the World Sportscar Championship. For 40 years, between the early-1950s and the early 1990s, the long-distance discipline featured major manufacturers going hammer and tongs for hours and hours in a bid to promote their products by outdoing their rivals, whether it be in the Prototype or Grand Touring Class, i.e. slippery, purpose-built missiles or production-based sportscars.
Along the way, there have been some fabulous and memorable exhaust notes from the cross-section of four-cylinder, straight-six, V6, straight-eight, V8, flat-eight, V10, V12 and flat-12 powerplants bolted in the front, middle, or rear of the best endurance machines.
These, then, are our six favourite noisy endurance kings comprising varied engine architecture and, therefore, distinctively different noises. They’re cars that everyone who heard them during their respective pomp will never forget.