Peugeot 908 V12 HDi DPFS, 2007
Peugeot announced its decision to accept a new technological challenge: to win one of the world's most prestigious and demanding motor races, the Le Mans 24 Hours, with a car powered by an HDi diesel engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter system (DPFS).
The monocoque body
The monocoque body is made of carbon and presents a truly closed structure, contrary to the 905, which was a "racing car" with a detachable tubular rollover bar. This type of structure offers strong natural rigidity (the "eggshell" effect) and allows the weight of the monocoque body to be optimised.
Body and aerodynamics
Created from scratch at the beginning of 2006, Peugeot Sport's aerodynamics department had the difficult task of designing in just a few weeks an exterior body that was both original and aerodynamically efficient.
3 months after the appointment of the aerodynamics project team leader, a model of the car was undergoing the first tests in the wind tunnel!
The car's profile results not only from the necessary compromise between aerodynamic efficiency and drag, but also the need to provide optimum airflow to the different radiators and intercoolers located within the generously dimensioned bodywork.
Suspension, steering, brakes
Given the challenge of designing a complete car in record time and the particular constraints of the HDi DPFS engine, the Peugeot Sport team relied on proven solutions for the front and rear suspension design, the electric power steering and the brakes.
This is positioned longitudinally and will allow the fitment of up to 6 gear ratios, the limit laid down by the regulations.
It has been designed to withstand the enormous torque of the engine, while ensuring optimum weight and size characteristics.
The gearbox is controlled electro-pneumatically.
The chosen engine architecture is a 100° V12 with a capacity of 5.5 litres. This is the maximum capacity permitted by the regulations and was chosen due to its greater internal airflow at low engine speeds. It also gives potential future development opportunities to use different grade fuels.
The choice of a twelve cylinder engine helps keep the cylinder bore diameter very close to that of a production series engine. In doing so, Peugeot can call on its extensive knowledge of diesel combustion and also ensure the engine has a reasonable piston stroke. The V12 architecture, well known for its good balance, also reduces vibrations to a minimum.
The 100° V angle, like the V12 architecture, makes it possible to lower the height of the centre of gravity without affecting the engine's torsional rigidity.
Two diesel particulate filters are located at the end of each exhaust system and guarantee "smoke-free" operation of the engine under all conditions.
The two exhaust systems are as short as possible. On each side a 6 into 1 exhaust manifold is connected to a Garrett turbocharger, then to a very compact diesel particulate filter before ending in a side exhaust pipe, located in front of the rear wheel.
The expected level of performance - a power of more than 515 kW (700 bhp) and a torque in excess of 1200 Nm, which is unprecedented for a diesel engine - is a direct results of Peugeot's diesel engine expertise, combined with the mechanical specification of the V12 engine.
The 908 will benefit fully from Peugeot Sport's considerable expertise and knowledge in electronics, acquired as a result of its extensive experience with WRC cars - which are generously equipped with electronic systems - and in particular with respect to their experience of electronically controlled differentials.
* Rear central longitudinal position
* All-aluminium with one-piece aluminium cylinder block
* 12 cylinders, V angle 100°
* Capacity: 5.5 litre
* Common rail direct injection
* Engine management: Bosch MS17
* Power: 700 bhp
* Torque: 1200 Nm
* Gearbox: longitudinal with a maximum of 6 gear ratios. Electro-pneumatic gearbox control
* Differential: self-locking
Suspension, steering, brakes
* Linked front and rear suspension
* Electric power steering
* Michelin tyres
* Wheels: BBS, magnesium
* Length: 4,650 mm
* Width: 2,000 mm
* Minimum weight: 925 kg