2011 Peugeot 908 prototype for LeMans unveiled image

Peugeot has revealed its contender for this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Peugeot’s all new car, built to the new technical regulations introduced for 2011, was originally given the code name 90X.

According to the french automaker, the 908 complies with all the latest technical regulations and the new for 2011, “shark fin engine cover”. It is a closed-cockpit car, with the same size front and rear wheels, and is powered by a new 3.7 litre V8 HDi FAP 550 bhp diesel engine. It means Peugeot Sport will be competing in endurance racing for the fifth year running with a diesel engine equipped with a particulate filter (FAP).

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Engine: “We have also made full use of our experience with the 908 HDi FAP’s V12 diesel engine. We decided to opt for a turbocharged V8 diesel engine for the 908 but, with characteristics which are very similar to those of the V12. The angle of the “vee” is 90 degrees (compared with 100 degrees in the case of the V12) to improve the engine balance. The cubic capacity is 3.7 litres and the new V8 HDi FAP engine produces a peak power of 550 bhp. We ran the engine for the first time on the dyno on January 25, 2010.”

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908 Technical Data

Engine
Type HDi Diesel
Position Mid-rear, longitudinal
Engine Block Machined Aluminium
Pistons Steel
Cylinders V8 (90o “vee”)
Cubic Capacity 3.7 litres; Four Valves per Cylinder
Injection Bosch Direct Common-Rail Fuel Injection
Turbocharger Two, each with a 33.5mm Diameter Air Restrictor
Particulate Filter Two Dow Automotive Particulate Filters
Power 550 bhp
Lubricant Total
Chassis
Type LMP1 Le Mans Prototype
Construction Carbon Monocoque
Bodywork Carbon Fibre
Windscreen Polycarbonate
Transmission
Gearbox Longitudinal; Six Speed plus Reverse
Gearbox Casing Cast Aluminium
Gearshift Control Hydraulic Sequential
Clutch Cerametallic Multi-Plate Clutch
Differential Limited Slip Differential
Lubricant Total
Suspension / Steering / Brakes
Suspension Double Wishbones with Pushrods and Rocker Arms for all Four Wheels
Springs Torsion Bars
Dampers Pressurised
Anti-Roll Bars Front and Rear
Steering Hydraulically Assisted
Brakes Double Hydraulic Circuit, One-Piece Light Alloy Calipers
Discs Vented Carbon Discs Front and Rear
Front Disc Diameter: 380 mm – Rear Disc Diameter: 355 mm
Driver Adjustable Front / Rear Brake Balance
Wheels
Type Magnesium
Front Wheels 14.5 x 18 inches
Rear Wheels 14.5 x 18 inches
Tyres Michelin Radial Tyres (37/71 – 18) Front and Rear

908 Technical Data (continued)

Dimensions

Length 4,640 mm Front Overhang 940 mm
Width 2,000 mm Rear Overhang 750 mm
Height 1,030 mm Fuel Tank 65 Litres
Wheelbase 2,950 mm Weight 900 kg