Peugeot 908 V12 HDi FAP Le Mans Race Car
The project was based on a V-12 engine, which featured a “vee” angle of 100 degrees and the biggest cubic capacity authorised by the regulations. The choice of a V-12 architecture was guided by the quest for a good balance, whilst the open angle of the “vee” allowed the centre of gravity to be lowered without compromising the powerplants torsional rigidity.
Two particulate filters were located at the end of each exhaust line, a layout which permitted outstanding, smokeless performance. The two exhaust lines themselves were kept as short as possible, using six-into-one manifolds, which fed into separate Garrett turbochargers. The engine delivered peak power of more than 700 bhp and maximum torque in excess of 1,200 Nm, an unprecedented achievement for a diesel-fuelled racing engine.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2012 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
700+ bhp, 5,500 cc twin-turbocharged dual overhead camshaft V-12 engine, six-speed sequential manual paddle-shift gearbox, independent front and rear double-wishbone suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic ventilated disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,950 mm (116")
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Bernard Canonne