Peugeot 908 Hybrid4 diesel hybrid racer takes to the track


After adopting diesel for its Le Mans racers Peugeot is taking a leaf out of its own 3008 MPV's book and throwing an electric element in there too. Yup, the French lion's 908 HYbrid4 racer is going diesel hybrid for next year's Le Mans races. It's been out publically testing at Estoril, but expect it to be out much more often.

However, we doubt that the system used in the 3008 is too closely related to the 908's. It will be interesting to see the differences between the 908 and Toyota's petrol hybrid effort...
The 908 Hybrid4 project was formally launched in 2008 with a view to meeting stringent new regulations set for the 2011 season.

Peugeot Sport's Technical Director, Bruno Famin, commented: "It was important to analyse the data of each run to be sure we understood the results before moving on to the next step. The system functioned well and responded as predicted, which was very satisfying. At the same time, we started to make a few adjustments to the car's basic set-up. It worked well, so that's very positive."

With such a new system it needs to be thoroughly teseds, so Alexander Wurz, Stéphane Sarrazin and Nicolas Minassian hooned it over 300km during the Estoril test session.

The drivers are just as positive about the project. Sarrazin is looking forward to the extra grunt the hybrid system will provide: "You can feel the extra power and it will be up to us to harness or adapt it in the most competitive way possible. We will need to strike the right balance. We're looking at a lot of things and exploring several avenues."

We'll be bringing you more info on the car (specs like power, torque, etc) when we get them. But if the 908 Hybrid4 is as good as they say it is, Audi's diesel-only efforts may be scuppered.

Vorsprung durch second place doesn't have the same ring to it, does it?
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