Big Bang Unico White Ceramic and Big Bang Ferrari Red Ceramic History is made!
For the first time, three women took turns behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GTE to vie for a top spot alongside 61 other cars in France’s most famous endurance race: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is a rare occurrence in the world of motor racing, and one that the brand is supporting through its partnership with Kessel Racing. To mark the occasion, the team’s drivers wore the Big Bang Unico 42 mm White unisex calibre HUB1280. Also partnering Ferrari, Hublot saw its colours sported by four cars in total as they graced the starting grids of the famous Le Mans track this weekend.
“Since its first edition in 1923, only 21 teams out of 4237 have been all – female, totalling just 0.5% of participants. Not enough is done to showcase female drivers. Despite this, they continue to push boundaries, both mechanical and physical, ensuring every last tenth of a second counts. Daring, passion, precision… these values drive both them and us. If Hublot can help to shine the spotlight on them… then why not aim for the highest accolade, the podium?”
– Ricardo Guadalupe
CEO of HUBLOT
Only the 22nd all-female team ever, the Iron Dames were led by Deborah Mayer, with co-drivers Manuela Gostner (Italy), Rahel Frey (Switzerland) and Michelle Gatting (Denmark). These incredible women had already raced together, at the Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi last December, where they finished sixth in the overall classification, and second in their category!
Through its partnership with Kessel Racing, the manufacturer also supported Iron Lynx, a team that included Claudio Schiavoni, Sergio Pianezzola, and Andrea Piccini. In timeless white, the symbol of unity and harmony, the Big Bang Unico 42 White worn by these women is a stark contrast to the powerful Ferrari red of the Big Bang Ferrari Red Ceramic that the men’s team wore. A 45 mm carbon case houses the UNICO HUB 1241 manufacture movement.
The helmets, suits and cars of the four sponsored teams feature full Hublot branding.
Hublot passes on its congratulations to the drivers of Ferrari #51 ( Pier Guidi, Calado and Serra) and AF Corse for their victory in the LMGTE PRO category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Born to drive, Loris Kessel’s passion is still at the heart of the group’s activities. The soul of the Swiss driver lives on in our racing division, Kessel Racing. Kessel Racing has participated in Ferrari GT and Ferrari Challenge races since its inception. In addition to its involvement in motor racing competitions, the Kessel Group also has a classic car division and a dealership selling four different makes (Ferrari, Maserati, Bentley, Pagani).
Iron Dames is a project headed by Deborah Mayer and officially backed by the FIA WIMC (Women in Motorsport Commission). The Iron Dames brand was specially conceived to combine passion, femininity and innovation. Also, fans can follow the fortunes of the Iron Dames on social media: Instagram (@iron.dames), Facebook (Iron Dames).
Iron Lynx introduces itself on the international motoring scene. Based in Cesena (Italy), it offers the broadest range of services focused on the driver and the automotive product: Racing and Driving Academy, Exclusive Events and Incentive Agency, Gentlem an Drivers Club, a garage for storage, maintenance and management of top – level cars, Testing & Support for automotive product development.
Thanks to an obsessive attention to detail and in – depth knowledge of this extraordinary sector, it is able to guide promising young and gentlemen drivers towards optimal performance; specialised support for motorsport professionals; specific advice for automotive players; services tailored to specific needs.