During last weeks’ testing at Monza, PeugeotSport has revealed the first glimpses of the much awaited successor to its 908. The new chassis, having hit the track for the first time without a confirmed name, continues to bear the codename designation ’90X.’
Director of Peugeot sporting activities, Olivier Quesnel, made the following statement:
“Our intention was to take it out onto a track before the end of the year. I am pleased to report that we have now done that. Even so, there is still a long way to go and a considerable amount of work to be done as we prepare for 2011.”
Despite the obvious (and uncanny) resemblance the 90X bears to its predecessor, the 908, an inspection of finer design details reveals the scope of development work completed thus far. The addition of mandatory 2011 aerodynamic components such as the infamous sharkfin, are only the beginning. The 90x test mule images reveal the car sporting a new roof-scoop air-intake (in addition to the current, rear-wheel arch mounted intakes), remodeled/widened sidepods.
Both front and rear sections of the car have undergone significant design changes, with the 90x nose area now shorter, and more narrow than that of the 908. The car’s rear body work also saw radical changes, with a redesigned fender, exhaust system, and tail lights now transplanted to a more traditional (raised) position.
Many believe the car seen in testing utilised Peugeot’s current generation V12 diesel powerplant, as details regarding the 90X engine package are still yet to be confirmed by official sources. PeugeotSport technical director, Bruno Famin would neither confirm or deny rumours relating to a possible return to gasoline power, and made the following statements in regard to the new engine:
“We are still exploring several options with regard to the engine and technology we will use. Work on the engine’s development is ongoing. Endurance racing is a proving ground that provides us with an opportunity to showcase all the brand’s technologies.”
Peugeot’s new LMP will see it’s first competitive outing at the 12 Hours of Sebring next march, alongside yet-to-be-unveiled prototypes from both Audi and Aston Martin camps.