• Mar 11, 2007
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As you can see above, Peugeot has unveiled the official race livery for the fantastic-looking 908 Le Mans prototype that the automaker will campaign as a two-car team in the European Le Mans Series and the fabled 24 Hours of Le Mans. Those of you who've been following the car's development know that it's driven by Peugeot's HDi FAP V12 diesel engine, which should produce upwards of 700 horsepower and an monstrous 850 ft-lbs of torque. Le Mans will provide motorsports fanatics with the ultimate showdown, as the closed-roof French racer takes on Germany's world-beating Audi R10 TDI pair in what's sure to be match for the ages. It will be the first time the cars compete against each other, as the Audis remain stateside competing in the American Le Mans Series while the Peugeots campaign in Europe. This is gonna be a lot of fun to watch.

Three more shots of the Pug in its race threads can be found in the attached gallery, which also contains a slew of other images ranging from the HDi FAP V12 to the unpainted car undergoing testing.

[Source: Peugeot]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      Since when is 1280x961 "high res"? Come on AutoBlog, post the big ones! Once you get to at least 1920x1200 you can add the high res tag.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's the fact that the R10 will actually have some competition this year. The way the rules are spec'ed out, diesel engines have a tremendous advantage b/c they're allowed to have a larger displacement (and turbos), not to mention fuel economy. The reason the ACO did this was to encourage the development of alternative engines. All of the teams know how to squeeze the most of of a gas engine, so the potential reward would have to be high for them to switch to an unknown fuel type. I expect the ACO to start to clamp down on the diesel reg's soon.

      What I find interesting is that this is a closed cockpit, which if my memory serves correct, means that they have to provide air con or some other form of driver cooling, which adds weight and makes you slower. I guess the aero advantages must outweigh the mass.

      I’m looking for a good heads-up battle come Le Mans.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Found it. Look at page 8 for engine specs.

      http://www.lemans.org/sport/sport/reglements/ressources/auto_2007/regl_2007_prototype_ACO_fr_gb.pdf

      LMP1 can have at a max:
      6.0 L N/A Gasoline
      4.0 L F/I Gasoline
      5.5 L F/I Diesel

      LMP2 can have:
      3.4 L V-8 N/A Gasoline
      2.0 L V-6 F/I Gasoline
      No Diesels.


      Also, pg 16 shows the regs for closed cockpit temperature control.