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2011 Peugeot 908 HYbrid4 Review

April 2011
Filed under: PEUGEOT Car News | PEUGEOT Headlines

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The new 908 was designed to comply with endurance racing's latest regulations and will play a part in the 2011 offensive of the Brand whose commitment in favor of the environment represents a major part of its activity. Indeed, the combination of driving excitement with environmentally- respectful performance at the very highest level is dialed into Peugeot's brand identity. This commitment will now also be championed by its Hybrid4 technology which combines diesel and electric power, two fields in which the Brand has forged a solid reputation for excellence.

908 HYbrid4 technology Since the unveiling of the team's demonstration hybrid car at Silverstone, in 2008, Peugeot Sport has continued to work on this technology in extremely close collaboration with the Group's engineers.

The system employed by the 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 power boost of 60kW (80hp) during the seconds that follow its redelivery. Recovered energy (500kJ between two braking phases) is stored in lithium-ion batteries before being automatically fed to the rear wheels under acceleration (no "push to pass" function). It will be possible to run in electric mode only along the pit-lane, and it is this mode that will be used for the car's homologation.

Objective for the 908 HYbrid4 in 2011

Following the world premiere of the 908 HYbrid4 in white livery at the Geneva Motor Show, Peugeot Sport will turn its attention to meeting a target it has set for the newcomer. This is to run the car at the official pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day at the French circuit on April 24. Achieving this ambitious objective will depend on how well the team's preparations for Le Mans go with the new 908, and also on how the 908 HYbrid4 performs during its maiden track test at the end of March.

908 HYbrid4 - Technical Data

Chassis: carbon monocoque
Sequential, hydraulic, six forward speeds plus reverse
Internal combustion engine
Diesel, V8 HDi FAP
Cubic capacity: 3.7 liters
Power: 550 horsepower
Hybrid system:
Power: 60kW (80hp)*
* during energy delivery phases only
Delivery of recovered energy:
· To the rear wheels;
· 500kJ between two braking phases;
· Energy stored in lithium-ion batteries;
· Automatic delivery of energy under acceleration (no "push to pass" function).
It will be possible to use the electric mode only along the pit lane.
Length: 4,640mm
Width: 2,000mm
Wheelbase: 2,950mm
Height: 1,030mm
Weight: 900kg

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