September 19, 2005
Peugeot will develop an HDi diesel-powered race car, equipped with a diesel particulate filter system (DPFS), with the specific aim of winning the Le Mans 24-hour race. The challenge serves to combine Peugeot’s key values of dynamism and innovation.
When Peugeot announced its intention to withdraw from the World Rally Championship at the end of 2005, the company was determined to pursue its policy of competing at the highest level and has made victory in the celebrated Le Mans 24 Hours race with a diesel car its new target.
Already, Peugeot enjoys great success with the HDi-powered RC Diamonds series in France.
The programme will focus on the legendary French endurance race and will also take in the five rounds of the Le Mans Endurance Series at Spa, Monza, Silverstone, the Nerburgring and Istanbul.
“This is an ambitious and stimulating challenge and I hope it will
provide us with a new opportunity to demonstrate our ability to win,” said Frederic Saint-Geours, Managing Director of Automobiles Peugeot.
The company’s impressive racing history has seen it compete actively in world class motor sport and its accomplished record features a long list of wins and titles, both in rallying and in circuit racing across the globe.
Once the programme’s feasibility has been confirmed in the early part of 2006, Peugeot Sport will begin development work on the chassis and HDi engine in close collaboration with PSA’s Engineering Department.
The new car will run for the first time at the end of 2006, and will
begin racing in 2007.
The Le Mans 24-hour endurance race has always stood out as a test-bed when it comes to validating technological developments that benefit road cars of the future. Last year’s event attracted a crowd of more than 200,000 spectators and was broadcast to 228 million television viewers worldwide.