Lost In Translation/WEC Le Mans 24

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WEC Le Mans 24
WEC Le Mans 24 marquee.
No screen shot.
WEC Le Mans 24 control panel.
Manufacturer Konami
Released 1986
3 Button(s)
Main CPU (2x) 68000 (@ 10.000 MHz)
Z80 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Sound CPU Mono
YM2151 (@ 3.580 MHz)
K007232 (@ 3.580 MHz)
Raster (Horizontal)
320 x 224 pixels
60.00 Hz
2,048 Palette colours
Screens 1
ROM Info 31 ROMs
2,883,584 bytes (2.75 MiB)
MAME ID wecleman

About The Game

WEC Le Mans 24 is a chase-view driving arcade video game.

A demanding yet superb sprite-scaling racing game from Konami, based on the annual 'WEC Le Mans 24' race; a gruelling event that, as its name suggests, takes place over a 24-hour period.

The width of Le Mans' racetrack never varied and remained a constant 3 lanes wide. The track itself was incredibly demanding and contact with either a rival racer or one of the many track-side objects would send the player's vehicle flying dramatically through the air, costing valuable seconds in time.

Additional Technical Information

Players : 1

Control : Steering wheel



Released in November 1986.

Also released as :

  • "WEC Le Mans 24 [Mini Spin model]"
  • "WEC Le Mans 24 [Upright model]"

WEC Le Mans was released the same year as Sega's seminal "Out Run" and tends to be unfairly overlooked in the annuls of video game history. The sprite-scaling and use of colour is superb with the game-play being tight and responsive - if a little on the difficult side. Le Mans asked rather more of the player than Out Run, adopting more of a 'simulation' approach to its game-play - but patient and skilful players found their efforts suitably rewarded.

Reflecting real-life motor-racing sponsorship, Le Man's racetrack is lined with billboards advertising recognized cigarette brands, such as 'Gitanes' and 'Lucky Strike'.

The game forbids the initials 'SEX' on the high score table. If you try, it gets changed to 'HHH'.

Apollon Music released a limited-edition soundtrack album for this game (Original Sound of WEC Le Mans 24 Arcade Version - BY12-5027) on 21/08/1987.


  1. WEC Le Mans 24 [Big Spin model] (1986)
    WEC Le Mans 24 [Mini Spin model] (1986)
    WEC Le Mans 24 [Upright model] (1986)
  2. Racin' Force (1994)

Cabinet and Artwork


Amstrad CPC (1988)
Commodore C64 (1989)
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1989)
Commodore C64 (1990, "100% Dynamite")
Sinclair ZX Spectrum (1990, "100% Dynamite")

Soundtrack Releases

Album Name Catalogue No. Released Publisher Comments
The Konamic Game Freaks 28XA-135[1] 1987-03-25 Alfa Records CD version.
The Konamic Game Freaks ALC-22911[2] 1987-03-25 Alfa Records Cassette version.
The Konamic Game Freaks ALR-22911[3] 1987-03-25 Alfa Records Vinyl version.
The Konamic Game Freaks SCDC-00064[4] 2001-02-07 Scitron Digital Content Inc. CD version.
Original Sound of WEC Le Mans 24 BY12-5027[5] 1987-08-21 Apollon CD version.
Original Sound of WEC Lemans 24 KHY-1018[6] 1987-08-21 Apollon Cassette version.
The Konamic Game Freaks SCDC-00465[7] 2005-11-23 Scitron Discs CD version.
Beep Special Project - Konami Game Music Sono Sheet N/A[8] 1987-03-01 Softbank Publishing Vinyl version.

External Links


The contents of this page are licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License.
The sources used include MAME (version 0.113u2) and history.dat (revision 1.28 - 2008-10-18).
Please see http://www.arcade-history.com for credits.