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2008-09-25 08:26
Beyond strange hatchbacks Peugeot also produces so

Beyond strange hatchbacks Peugeot also produces some of the best looking endurance racecars ever made. This is the 908 HDi, and with a 520kW 5.5-litre V12 it hardly hangs about.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Peugeot
Model 908 HDi
Engine 5.5-litre turbodiesel V12
Power 520kW
Torque 1200Nm
Peugeot’s 908 HDi wonder-car, pole-sitter and runner-up at this year’s Le Mans 24-hour endurance race, will be one of the star attractions at the Johannesburg International Motor Show which takes place at the national Exhibition Centre in Nasrec, Johannesburg, from Saturday 1 November through to Sunday 9 November 2008.

The Sports Prototype racer, powered by a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V12 diesel, is being brought to the show jointly by Peugeot South Africa and Kagiso Exhibitions and Events. It will form part of PMSA’s stand in Hall Five.

With 520kW and about 1 200Nm of torque, the 908 is a stunning showcase for turbodiesel racing technology.

The 908 HDi looks likely to be replaced by a hybrid version for the 2009 Le Mans 24-hour and the separate five-round European Le Mans Series endurance events.

This new car combines the benefits of turbodiesel efficiency with regenerative electric storage which will provide additional power when necessary by releasing energy stored in a 60 kW electric motor/generator to supplement the output from the engine.

If approved for competition, it will make Peugeot the first manufacturer to develop a hybrid for top-flight motorsport.



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