L’Automobile Club de l’Ouest: a player in the sustainable mobility stakes
L’Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) was founded in 1906 and is behind the creation and organisation of major car races: the first Grand Prix ever in 1906, then the 24 Hours of Le Mans starting in 1923. ACO has also been organising and promoting the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) since 2012 and has created continental series too: The European Le Mans Series (2004) and the Asian Le Mans Series (2013). On its circuits at Le Mans, ACO organises the 24 Heures Motos bike race, the 24 Hours Karting, the 24 Heures Camions truck race and the Grand Prix de France Moto bike racing event…
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a technology laboratory in its own right, focussed on automobile innovation. This has been the development roadmap followed by ACO since its inception. One of ACO’s top goals is sustainable mobility, eminently incarnated by Mission24H aimed at bringing hydrogen into the 24 Hours of Le Mans sphere.
As an enthusiasts club, dedicated to protecting the everyday rights of road users, ACO offers members a privileged welcome for experiencing the thrills of mechanical sports at the events it organises.
ACO also has a Race Driver School, Le Mans Driver; this is a leisure and karting competition activity centre with a Companies Department for organising seminars for which a team of conference lecturers accompanies members on tours of the Circuits du Mans installations; there are four official shops at Le Mans, Tours, Rouen and Paris.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest is a 200-strong multi-talented workforce organising world-class sporting events. Conscious of the prominence of our actions, we make every effort to contribute to sustainable mobility. Together, our departments – Club, Communication, Competition, Sport & Infrastructure, Clients & Events, Culture and Heritage, Administrative & Financial & Procurement, and Human Resources – form a seamless team.