The 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans) is the oldest and most grueling endurance racing event in the world. Competitors spend hundreds of hours preparing physically and mentally for the 24 hour event, but one participant has a little more work to do than the rest.
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Quadruple amputee Frederic Sausset has always been a huge fan of the historic event, but he never dreamed his disability would allow him to compete… until now.
Delta Wing, Nissan and Garage 56 teamed up to build an incredible racing machine for the hopeful competitor and get him on the track. His specialized racecar has been fitted with gas and break controls under this thighs and a prosthetic limb attached to the wheel.
Saussett lost all of his limbs due to a bacterial infection in 2012, but he knew he had to survive for his family. “I had to go into a different logic: to live or die. When I saw my wife and two daughters, for me, I had no choice, I had to live.”
It has been his dream to compete in the Le Mans race, and despite unfathomable odds he’s achieving it. The video below is in French, but you don’t need to understand the language to be inspired by Saussett’s achievement. The passion oozes forth in these powerful scenes of him doing what he loves.
Qualifying rounds (to determine racing position) are taking place in the coming weeks. But when the 24 Hours Of Le Mans takes place next June 15th, 2016, Frederic will be in the drivers seat competing with the best of the best.
For now, he’s preparing for the arduous task with physical, racing, and endurance training of the highest caliber. Three cheers for Frederick and his fiery passion for life! He’s an inspiration to us all.
Share his incredible feat and keep up to date by following his Twitter account… he stays quite active!
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