Peugeot unveils the car it hopes to use to win Le Mans



Peugeot has revealed the car which it hopes will wrestle the Le Mans bragging rights back from rivals Audi in 2011.

The new 908 HDi FAP is an entirely new car, despite carrying the same name as its predecessors, and will be powered by a new V8 diesel engine, replacing the V12 engine the manufacturer used last year.
This 3.7-litre engine produces a peak power output of 550bhp, and apparently has a tighter angled "Vee" compared to the old car.

It remains a closed cockpit car, with Peugeot saying it feels the aerodynamic benefits of this design outweigh the time lost opening and closing the roof to change drivers mid race. The added safety benefits have also convinced the designers to stick with roofed car.

The old 908 took the inaugural Intercontinental Le Mans Cup last year, which was run over three races. This year it will take in seven dates, with two races in the USA (Sebring and Petit Le Mans Road Alanta), three in Europe (Spa-Francorchamps, Imola and Silverstone) and one in China. The Le Mans 24 hour race will be the seventh race, where double points are on offer.
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