'Finned' Peugeot Le Mans Racer Revealed


Having previously been kept secret in Peugeot Sport's factory in Vélizy, near Paris, Peugeot Sport's new Le Mans/endurance racer - known under the codename 90X - has been out for its first track test at Monza.

The 90X complies with the new ACO's 2011 regulations, and (like the 2011 Aston Martin LMP1 rendering we showed you a while back) incorporates a 'shark fin' on the engine cover, a feature designed to help prevent the car from becoming airborne in the case of a high-speed spin. These newly-released images are the first official pictures we've seem of a top team's LMP1 car featuring the mandatory aid.

As with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, Peugeot Sport has opted for a closed cockpit design, which still meets the mandatory 900kg weight requirement.


"We are still exploring several options with regard to the engine and technology we will use," says out Bruno Famin, the Technical Director of Peugeot Sport. "Work on the engine's development is ongoing. Endurance racing is an ideal proving ground to provide us with the opportunity to showcase all the brand's technologies."

According to Autosport, that means Peugeot is planning to run some sort of hybrid powertrain next year, but that no definitive decision has been taken yet.


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Comments (45) Join the discussion on the forum

  • beez 02 Nov 2010

    How does that fin stop a car getting airborn in a spin, nascar have a flap on the roof to stop this which makes sense and is only visible if a car spins and the air gets under the flap???

  • Nick M 02 Nov 2010


    It's to try and stall the airflow over the car when it slides sideways and air gets underneath. Rather than acting as a wing it breaks up the airflow and stops the car lifting off the ground and flying, like the Oreca did at Monza in, I think, 2008 and the Peugeot did at Le Mans in the pre-test weekend.

  • TheArchitect 02 Nov 2010

    How flat is that rear wing!

    Edited by TheArchitect on Tuesday 2nd November 13:31

  • Scuffers 02 Nov 2010

    TheArchitect said:
    How flat is that rear wing!
    one would assume they were at Monza for a reason, ie. doing high speed stability testing?

  • JMC1 02 Nov 2010

    I THINK THE CAR LOOKS GREAT, A REAL BEAST. I LIKE THE WAY THEY HAVE PAINTED THE FIN BLACK AND LOVE THE REST OF THE COLOUR SCHEME REMINDS ME A LITTLE BIT OF THE OLD LOTUS ESSEX COLOUR SCHEMES.
    AS PLAY STATION IS ON THE SIDE IS THIS THE CARS THAT ORECA WILL CAMPAIGN NEXT YEAR.

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