Peugeot 908 HDi FAP at 24h Le Mans
Since the last year's victory of Peugeot team at 24h Le Mans, 908 HDi FAP race car have been prepaired for the new 2010 regulations. The car was driven by Alexander Wurz, Marc Gené and David Brabham.
2010 is the year of Peugeot's 200th anniversary celebrations and their team should perform excellent at the one most important races in the world – 24h Le Mans.
"Our work initially focused on adapting the 908 HDi FAP to the new 2010 regulations, which essentially meant the engine and bodywork", said Peugeot Sport's Technical Director, Bruno Famin.
"The only aerodynamic change is the result of having to adjust to this year's new engine power levels. We have endeavoured to recover some of the power lost because of the rule changes, which involved working with Bosch on improving engine combustion, reducing power losses through friction with Total and improving the flow efficiency of the intake and exhaust systems with Dow. This is the 908 HDi FAP's fourth and final year of competition. It is an outstanding car and I think we can look forward to an incredibly thrilling Le Mans 24 Hour; I believe it will be very close from flag to flag.", he added.
Team Peugeot Total already had its first victory at the 1,000 km de Spa-Francorchamps in May. The race was an important part of the team's preparations as it provided the team with real-world race practise in order to give everyone a chance to rehearse their respective roles under the sort of pressure that only competitive action can provide.
"Our win at Le Mans in 2009 did a great deal for the team's confidence,", says Peugeot Sport's Director Olivier Quesnel.
"This time last year, we had the impression that our backs were to the wall. Today, we are still under pressure, but we have used that pressure to make positive progress. Le Mans is the greatest race in the world and we all felt a big sense of pride when we succeeded in beating Audi which has been the benchmark in endurance racing for many years. We have done everything in our power to prepare as thoroughly as possible to repeat that win, but everyone is aware that this is a long race during which anything can happen. However, much work you put in, it's Le Mans itself that decides who walks away with the trophy at the end. I am expecting an extremely intense race because I am sure that our main rival has evolved, as we saw at Spa.", he comments.
Here is the driver line-up of Team Peugeot Total 2010 Le Mans:
- No1 908 HDi FAP (Blue Mirrors)
Anthony DAVIDSON (GBR) / Marc GENE (ESP) / Alexander WURZ (AUT)
- No2 908 HDi FAP (White Mirrors)
Nicolas MINASSIAN (FRA) / Franck MONTAGNY (FRA) / Stéphane SARRAZIN (FRA)
- No3 908 HDi FAP (Red Mirrors)
Sébastien BOURDAIS (FRA) / Pedro LAMY (POR) / Simon PAGENAUD (FRA)
Team Peugeot Total's 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours schedule:
- Sunday, June 6 – Administrative checks and scrutineering
- Wednesday, June 9 – free practise and first qualifying session
- Thursday, June 10 – second and third qualifying sessions
- Friday, June 11
12:00 PEUGEOT Press Conference
18:00 Driver's Parade (Le Mans town centre)
- Saturday, June 12
9:00 – 9:45: Warm-up
15:00: Start of the 78th Le Mans 24 Hours
- Sunday, June 13
15:00 Finish of the 78th Le Mans 24 Hours