2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP front 3/4
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP profile
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP front
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP rear
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP nose logo
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP headlight
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP wheel
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP air intake
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP mirror
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP fuel cap
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP vents
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP detail
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP rear detail
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP cockpit
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP steering wheel
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP switchgear
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP number plate
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP engine
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP engine bay
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP engine detail
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP serial
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP engine detail
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP nose fluids
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2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP suspension
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Seven figures to blow on a track toy? You'll soon have a difficult choice: spend it on something designed for purely for pleasure or buy something with a bit more pedigree. Like this 2008 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, offered at auction next month by RM Sotheby's.

Peugeot created the 908 with the purpose of beating Audi at Le Mans, and it did just that in 2009. That made the 908 the last V12 ever to win the legendary race, its 5.5-liter twin-turbocharged engine kicking out more than 700 horsepower, which is all the more impressive when you realize it burns diesel fuel. It's one of the most advanced specimens of the pre-hybrid era. Now it can be yours.

The example you see here won two endurance races: the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in 2009 and the thousand-kilometer race at Algarve in 2010. It came a close second to the Audi R10 TDI at Le Mans in '08. Had it crossed the finish line at La Sarthe just ahead, it would have made Peugeot the only team to beat Audi there two consecutive year. It would have also catapulted itself above Audi's sister companies Bentley and Porsche, and made Jacques Villeneuve in the process the first driver to win the elusive Triple Crown of Motorsport since Graham Hill.

Unfortunately, Peugeot shut down its Le Mans program in 2012. But its loss could be your gain. Chassis number 908-05 is headed for the auction block. RM Sotheby's has it consigned for its upcoming sale in Monaco on May 14. Pre-sale estimates value it at $1.4-1.8 million – which is a big chunk of change by any account, but it's still a fair bit less than the $2.3 million Aston Martin charges for the Vulcan, the $2.7 million Ferrari charges for the FXX K, or the $3 million sticker on the McLaren P1 GTR.

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