Le Mans 2010: Peugeot in a new look after Le Mans

Le Mans 2010 Peugeot 908 HDI FAP
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Evolution instead of revolution is Peugeot's motto when it comes to the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours. On the technology of the 908 HDi FAP, which the French used last June A udi on their knees and landed a much-acclaimed double victory several minor modifications.

Diesel engine is braked

'We had to make some adjustments to the engine due to the changed rules,' says chief technology officer Bruno Famin. The organizer ASO has slowed down the large-volume turbodiesel engines used by Peugeot and Audi: The maximum boost pressure drops from 2.75 bar to 2.59 bar. The air flow limiters have been reduced from 38.3 millimeters to 37.8 millimeters each. Famin: 'This gives us around 40 hp less power.'

On the body of the 908, which is entering its fourth and final year of service, the new side pods, the redesigned engine cover and modified wheel arch ventilation are striking. The new paintwork is also eye-catching.

Brabham cannot defend the title with Peugeot

There were some shifts in the driver line-up: David Brabham, the won last year together with Alexander Wurz and Marc Gené, is eliminated from Peugeot because he has to meet his obligation at Le Mans with his main employer, the American Highcroft-Acura team. The Australian will be replaced by ex-Formula 1 driver Anthony Davidson.

In the Peugeot with starting number two, three French drivers take turns behind the wheel: Nicolas Minassian, Franck Montagny and Stéphane Sarrazin, who was the superior in 2009 The fastest time in training, finished second last year.

Klien only reserve drivers

In the third 908, Pedro Lamy and Sébastien Bourdais share and Simon Pagenaud did the work. The Austrian Christian Klien, who was a regular driver last year, was demoted to a substitute driver by sports director Olivier Quesnel.

The fans will also have to forego the guest appearance of Sebastien Loeb. The rally record champion had recently toured several times with a run in the endurance classic. Quesnel left the decision up to Loeb. After the defeat at the WRC opener in Sweden, the French can now fully rely on theWorld Rally Championship focused.

Since the great triumph on the Sarthe in June last year, the Peugeot team has been out for test drives no fewer than eleven times. In March Peugeot, unlike Audi, will start the Sebring 12 Hours with two cars. The Ingolstadt-based company only wants to take part in this test race as an observer and, curiously, start test drives on the bumpy airfield runway the day after the race.


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