Le Mans » Minassian: Peugeot 908 fastest sportscar ever!


Not only does Peugeot have the fastest sportscar in history in the 908 HDi, argues Nicolas Minassian, but victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2009 has removed the monkey off the Lion's back and made it even more of a threat in 2010...

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TooBored - Unregistered

March 16, 2010 2:29 AM

Yeah right... Until sebring, I refuse to make any speculation on how fast the R15 will be compared to the 908. The reason on why they are so dominant for the past decade is because nobody (other manufacturers) really tried to beat them.

I dunno why/how, but the french are ridiculously good at auto racing. They were utterly dominant in rallying, endurance racing and Formula 1 (80s 90s and 00s).

Jon

March 16, 2010 10:54 AM

Yes, the French have some legendary drivers.

Sainz, Makkinen, Schumacher, Senna....

Truly the greatest nation to ever turn a steering wheel.
And you should see them on motorbikes too!

Everts and Jobe in motocross, Rossi, Bayliss and Doohan on road bikes.

Even that Dougie Lampkin- he was pretty good and the epitome of French je n'sai qua!

Tomi - Unregistered

March 16, 2010 12:50 PM

TooBored was talking about french constructors.

But you should have taken some motorsport history courses before trying to be ironic because you just made a fool of yourself...

M - Unregistered

March 16, 2010 1:13 PM

Is this car really faster than the Porsche 917, 956 or 962?

Anyway, if we are talking about the most succesful nation when it comes to producing drivers it has to be Finland imo. When it comes to producing cars for Le Mans, it would be the German's, as Audi and Porsche have won a vast amount between them.

When it comes to F1, Britain is by far the most dominant nation, as they produce most of the cars (excluding engines) and the people who work in F1.

jimmy - Unregistered

March 16, 2010 3:53 PM

M: Fastest round La Sarthe? Of course. Fastest in a straight line? Nope. I strongly doubt that 908 would be able to achieve speeds greater than 380 km/h on old Les Hunaudieres without chicanes.

I love sports car racing as well. The golden age of this form of motorsport was in the late sixties until it started dying in the early nineties.Too many restrictions were imposed which drove the works manufactuers away like Porsche, Ferrari, Ford. The authorities messed up the spectacle by limiting engine power,stifling development & adding mickey-mouse chicanes to certain tracks. Who can ever forget the awe-inspiring sight & sound of the legendary Porsche 917 in its heyday. Five litres of flat 12 brute force drove this car to 386kpm down the old Mulsanne straight almost four decades ago! One can only imagine what Porche might have achieved had this car evolved until now...

who cares - Unregistered

March 17, 2010 10:02 PM

I trust you're 10 or 12, which is an excuse for your posts.

Audi and Peugeot are very proud of their diesel sportscars, but I'm not impressed. I agree with Greg Peters that the 917 is most certainly the fastest sportscar ever and, by the way, it still holds the race record, since 1971, at 222kph. The chicanes are making things more difficult though, but almost 40 years of technical development should make up for the difference.

Problem is that Diesel technology is so weak that the output of these 5.5 litres twin turbo engines is far from impressive. The initial Le Mans winning Audi R10 V12 was producing 650hp, which is exactly the output of the latest aspirated 5 litres 917, 35 years back

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