You’ll read elsewhere that Peugeot is now taking orders for the Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4, the world’s first full diesel-hybrid production car, but they are also taking the same technology to the race track, with the Peugeot 908 HYbrid4.
The diesel-hybrid Peugeot 908, combining diesel and electric power, has been unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. The car has been designed to comply with the latest endurance racing regulations.
The system employed by the Peugeot 908 HYbrid4 recovers and stores the kinetic energy generated under braking, before feeding it back into the driveline during acceleration. Using this recovered energy in this way significantly improves the efficiency of the powertrain.
The system provides a short power boost of 60kW (80hp) for a few seconds when it is activated. Recovered energy (500kJ between two braking phases) is stored in lithium-ion batteries before being automatically released to power the rear wheels under acceleration. It will also be possible to run in electric only mode along the pit lane and it is this mode that will be used for the car’s homologation.
Peugeot plans to run the car at the official pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day on 24th April 2011.