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by Brett Davis

Peugeot has unveiled its 2009 Le Mans Peugeot 908 race car that took David Brabham, as well as Alexander Wurz and Mark Gene, to victory at the famous French endurance event.

Seeing the car on paper doesn’t compare to seeing it in the flesh, the sheer low-slung profile of it all leaves you glancing down beyond your knees. The 908 dominates Peugeot’s presence at the show, simply knowing the actually car drove, flat-out for 382 laps at the French La Sarthe street circuit.

The car features a HDi diesel V12 which pumps out 515kW of power and 1200Nm of torque. Every aspect of the car is designed to be raced, and more importantly, designed to last. The gearbox, for instance, was said to have been subjected to 23,684 gear changes during the 2009 event.

Ken Thomas, Peugeot Australia’s general manager, said about the car,

“The endurance achievements made by this vehicle represent the future for Peugeot HDi technology. With every lap, with every kilometre, we learn more about the way our engines perform. This is translated into innovative technology – which you see on Peugeot today.”

The Peugeot 908 race car is presented along side the Peugeot RCZ, Peugeot 4008, and Peugeot 3008 road cars, that also represent HDi technology, at the Australian International Motor Show.




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