The all-new Peugeot 908 HDi FAP won its first race at Monza, Round 1 of Le Mans Series, on the 15th April. A second car also took third place – slowed by a gearbox problem.
One of the drivers of the winning car, Marc Gené, described the performance of the 908 HDi FAP as “not so different to that of a Formula one car, but with a very different engine.”
The Peugeot has an all-aluminium HDi common-rail, direct-injection engine and a particulate filter system – but it’s still a 5.5-litre V12 with twin turbos – generating 700bhp and 885lb ft of torque.
Its main rival is the diesel Audi R10 – which has chosen to go down the V10 route – and which won Le Mans in 2006, and the tough Sebring 12-hours.
Looks like it’s going to be an interesting battle between the diesels this year…