• Jun 12, 2008
The 76th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes place this weekend, and just like last year, Audi and Peugeot will be duking it out in front with their diesel-powered LMP1 cars. The Audi R10 is a proven race machine, both durable and fast, but the Peugeot 908 has often times proved faster. Late yesterday at the first qualifying session for the endurance race, the 908 proved to be the fastest by far when it shattered the lap record at Le Mans by 7.8 seconds! The car was being driven by French driver Stephane Sarrazin, who man-handled the 908 around the track in 3 minutes and 18.513 seconds. A truly amazing feat, though what's more incredible is that the next five fastest times also beat the previous lap record, two of which were Audi R10s. Unfortunately, the second and third fastest times behind the fastest Peugeot 908 were two more Peugeot 908s. The Peugeot cars are clearly faster than the Audis so far in qualifying, but that was the case last year and Audi pulled out a win just like it has the past four years in a row. Unlike the Le Mans Series races where Peugeot has won the first three races so far this year, Le Mans is about endurance and Audi has proven seven out of the last eight years that it can last longer than the rest.

[Source: Reuters, Photo by Ker Robertson/Getty]


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 20 Comments
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why wasn't he shattering records when he was driving for the Subaru World Rally Team? Oh yeah, that's right. The car/team sucked at the time. Hopefully, with the new car Subaru can get back on top again.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I can't wait for this race. Should be quite a battle between the Audis and Peugeots. But probably a nice battle also between the Corvettes and Aston Martins.

      I'm hoping that the Peugeot's reliability is better this year so we will have a longer fight between them.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I enjoy trying to stay awake for the entire race. However, this year I'll be working at the local drag strip and will miss Speed's Le Mans broadcast. :(
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can anyone find what the top speed is for these cars? I'm having trouble finding the "speed trap" list this year and its annoying
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe that ever since the chicanes were put in the Mulsanne straight, the highest speeds are reached after the Mulsanne corner, just before Indianapolis.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was specifically mentioning the Mulsanne straight(s). They generally set up a speed trap among them giving the top speeds of the various classes cars. I'd hope the Peugeot would top a good bit over 200.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was watching this last night on Eurosport, the commentators were quoting 208mph for the Audi speed trap figures, and staggeringly, 215mph for the Peugeots!
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Unfortunately"? A little bit of brand sluttery creeping in, hmmm?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Hmm...keep in mind that the 1999 Toyota GT-One was the car that was dominating the race, yet it ended up losing to the BMW LMP V12 in the last few hours.

        • 6 Years Ago
        Conor, there's one less if you spell it right - so 2. Do you also hate Jeep for having 2 "e"s? Mercedes-Benz for having 4? You must REALLY hate them, right? Wow.
        • 6 Years Ago
        And Toyota is now committed to F1 where they are extremely competitive.

        Idiots.

        • 6 Years Ago
        To be fair, the GT-One lost due to a tire failure, cars usually lose due mechanical failures in endurance races. Toyota shouldn't have bailed on their LeMans team so easily, they barely put in two years and it was a highly competitive team.

        Regardless, the Peugeot has lost position due to mechanical issues last year, and they were also blisteringly fast in qualifying as well. But the Peugeot has really improve since last year, taking victories in spa, 12hr Sebring, etc. They definitely look to be more competitive this year and not just on raw speed.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm still hoping these things crash & burn during the race (Figuratively. I don't want people getting hurt.) I just really, really don't like Peuegeot. Way too many "e"s in that brand name.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Go Audi!!! Go Audi!!! The R8 is my favorite race car of all time!!! Let this thing dominate like its big brother!
    • Load More Comments