By Johan Laubscher
For Audi and die hard motorsport fans alike the movie “Truth in 24” stands out as one of the best motorsport films made to date. It was a film which documented the first half of the 2008 season for Audi’s Le Mans sportscar program. It followed all the processes of the Audi team’s preparation and finally covered the 2008 Le Mans 24 Hours as well. The film successfully captured the spirit of Le Mans and portrayed the up and down emotional rollercoaster of the legendary race. The film was produced by InterSports and NFL Films and the American version had non-other than Transporter film series and Audi driving star, Jason Statham for the commentary of the film.
Le Mans 2008
This film, which was the brainchild of Audi America was brilliant. I was lucky enough to be at Le Mans in 2008 and I can personally vouch for this movie. The emotion portrayed was real, the tension of the battle was seen on every spectator. The race was dubbed: “The race of the decade” because of the David versus Goliath fight between the new faster Peugeot and the older Audi R10 TDI. I clearly remember when the rain started falling at about 3am local time, and a smile formed on my face knowing that the race for Audi had just begun. The next two hours saw Mr Le Mans, Tom Kristensen real in Jacques Villeneuve on the increasingly wet track, watching on the timing screens as the gap diminished. In the film that period is perfectly portrayed and it felt like I was reliving those two hours. The film was beyond breathtaking, I had tears in my eyes when the race finished live at the track and I had tears in my eyes again at the end of the film.
The film was clearly one of the best ever in this genre and many people share my feelings regarding the film. Thus it is clear that with the announcement that a sequel has been planned comes much excitement and anticipation. Audi fans will once again be treated to a great documentary, and with the prospect of watching an Audi film based on the 2011 Le Mans is something to look forward to. 2011 was one of the best Le Mans races in history with the battle for the win going straight to the line with only 13.8 seconds separating the top two places.
More information will soon be available at www.truth-in-24.com. At the moment the website only has the red image bellow, but the “coming soon” is consolation enough to the fact that we will be treated to yet another world class film production. The wait until the film's release seems almost unbearable.
Here are some great youtube videos from Truth in 24 "1"
Truth in 24 “1” – 30 second trailer
Truth in 24 “1” – 60 second trailer
Truth in 24: The Back Story by Garage419 and Matt Farah
Truth in 24 “1” (Full length film)