Peugeot 908 HYbrid4 LMP1 Racer

March 4, 2011 at 7:29 pm

Peugeot is the next car maker to try out hybrid technologies for motorsport with the new 908 HYbrid4 LMP1 cars. Let’s cut straight to the chase and talk about its engine! It’s a a 3.7-litre V8 HDi FAP diesel producing 550 HP coupled with an electric motor that provides a short power boost of 60kW (80hp) for a few seconds when it is activated. It will also be possible to run in electric only mode along the pit-lane and it is this mode that will be used for the car’s homologation. The system employed by the Peugeot 908 HYbrid4 recovers and stores the kinetic energy generated under braking, before feeding it back into the driveline during acceleration. Using this recovered [...]

Audi R18 Testsing at Sebring

February 1, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Audi all-new, and we do mean all-new, Le Mans racer has recently been at Sebring International raceway where it had its first official shakedown outside Europe with all nine drivers taking turns at the wheel. It gave the team a chance to complete their dry weather testing, apparently they couldn’t find a dry place in Europe being winter and all! Two new Audi R18 cars and one Audi R15 TDI were used in tests. The reason Audi R18 tests matter so much is because this new monster is totally different than all of its champion predecessors, so many people are skeptical it can follow their footsteps to the podium. It might as well become even better, no body knows! “We’re [...]

Audi R18 LMP1

December 11, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Audi has taken chosen a totally different path with their new Le Mans prototype racer, as it has almost no similarity to the previous R15! This one is called the Audi R18 and has become has a new design with roof and signature LED lights in the shape of “1″. It’s become very similar to the LMP1 cars from Aston Martin and Peugeot, but the notion that Audi is copying them is ridiculous becasue it’s been Audi who was winning Le Mans for the past couple of years! The R18 however cannot be sure about its place as it comes with too many new things. Apart from the body and aerodynamics, it also gets a a 3.7 liter V6 with [...]

Third consecutive podium for Aston Martin LMP racer

April 19, 2010 at 5:17 pm

Aston Martin Le Mans prototype race car is showing great performance this year, as it secures third consecutive podium of 2010 at the 36th running of the Grand Prix of Long Beach, finishing in second place. The 007 Aston in this race was piloted by Adrian Fernández (MX) and Harold Primat (CH), and they also had the chance to actually win the Grand Prix as Primat started from pole position, but then lost it! Team Principal, George Howard-Chappell said: “We’re very disappointed to have lost first place so close to the end. It was however, a very exciting race and the team had a lot to deal with throughout. Everyone did a great job, but it is a real shame [...]

Audi R15 TDI Plus wins its inaugural race

April 12, 2010 at 4:11 pm

Apparently all of the things Audi has been saying in the past couple of weeks about how good the new version of their R15 Plus TDI diesel racer is, were all true! And there couldn’t be a better proof than winning the very first race it steps in, Le Castellet (France), beating Peugeot and Aston Martin. Now this is a very important victory for Audi, because very soon they are going head to head with the Germans and French in 24 hours of LeMans. Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich (Head of Audi Motorsport): “It is impressive that Audi Sport has developed a prototype for a fourth consecutive time which was able to win its début race: after the R8, the R10 and [...]