Le Mans » Peugeot ends 908 programme


Peugeot elects to withdraw from sportscar racing with immediate effect

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cruachan - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 6:46 PM

Shame, they were fast and pretty cars although always seemed to struggle to match the consistency and professsionalism of Audi.

Wonder if Pescarolo will still run them as a privateer?

KGBVD - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 6:55 PM

A lesson to those who think that motor racing (e.g. F1) should be unrestricted (in both financial and technological terms) and irrelevant to road car technology. I'd rather watch 1.6L v6 turbos with ERS than one manufacturer bang around a track.

Nanbawan - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 7:58 PM

The problem might also lie in the lack of return Peugeot got from their success in endurance. After winning the last two championships - which makes them more consistent than Audi BTW - it's still all about one race, Le Mans 24.

PSA doesn't have pockets as deep as the VAG group and certainly not now to afford such a luxury. Still their decision appear very defensive but maybe they are indeed in dire problems and have to scrape every penny they can grasp.

Hopefully they'll be back in one motorsport after the storm has passed. Maybe as engine suppliers ?

bojan - Unregistered

January 18, 2012 8:52 PM

Am I being unduly cynical in thinking their decision might have been different had they won Le Mans more often? Anyway they have given us some great battles over the last few years, so respect. Let's hope that Toyota and Porsche can do the same sometime soon.

As to Le Mans and the WEC, there will still be battles for class wins, not least the unofficial LMP1 petrol division, and I'm sure it will still be a lot more interesting than F1!

Sasha

January 18, 2012 9:03 PM

The French car industry is in deep ****. Renault lacks funds for F1, Peugot can't afford Le Mans anymore. Wonder if they manage to keep the rally cars running for Citroen. Wouldn't surprise me if within a couple of years either Renault or PSA is bankrupt.

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