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Peugeot may well be the first team to run a hybrid vehicle at Le Mans and it looks like it will be a diesel, too. New Peugeot CEO recently told the French paper L'Equipe that a diesel-hybrid prototype is currently under development and that it may make some trial runs as soon as this June at Le Mans. Collin also said the car would begin racing in 2009. Peugeot Sport team manager Serge Saulnier, however, is being a little more cautious, acknowledging that a diesel hybrid is in the works. However

According to AFP, the Japanese newspaper, Yomiuri Shimbun is reporting Toyota plans to bring a hybrid to the Le Mans 24 hour race in France. An unnamed Toyota official told Yomiuri Shimbun, "Audi proved the superiority of the next generation diesel engine at Le Mans. Toyota wants to do the same with the hybrid." Yomiuri Shimbun also says that to make a hybrid race car, "Toyota has to significantly reduce the vehicle's weight and increase its efficiency." Toyota last raced in Le Mans in 1999 and

For the past two seasons, diesel-powered racers from Audi and Peugeot have been the dominant force in sports car racing at Le Mans. For 2008, the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, which sanctions the twenty-four hours of Le Mans, has made adjustments to try and even up the competition. All the top category LMP1 cars like the Audi R10 and Peugeot 908 have their minimum weights set at 900 kg. The cars all use air restrictors to limit their power capability, but the gas-engined cars will get three percen