Peugeot Sport starts testing the new 908 HYbrid4 image

Peugeot’s hybrid-powered version of its highly successful 908 Le Mans Prototype has finished its first genuine track test at Estoril, Portugal.

The new Hybrid completed a little more than 300km in the hands of Nicolas Minassian, Stéphane Sarrazin and Alexander Wurz.
Speaking in a company press release, Famin and test drivers Stéphane Sarrazin, Nichiolas Minassian, and Alexander Wurz, discussed 908 HYbrid4 and its test results.

“Our aim wasn’t to but a lot of kilometres on the clock, but to verify that all the chief functions performed,” reports Peugeot Sport’s Technical Director, Bruno Famin.

“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.”

Stéphane Sarrazin:

“We were able to work through the complete test programme, so that was fantastic. It was interesting to work with the engineers to identify the ideal compromises and, of course, get acquainted with the system, since the project is only in its early days. 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.”

Peugeot did not enter its new diesel-electric endurance racer in the last 24 Hours of Le Mans, nor in any other event so far for that matter, relying instead on the current 908HDi diesel. The reason is that the brand-new model was still at the early stages of development and is scheduled to compete in 2012.