2009 PEUGEOT 908 HDi FAP HYBRID review and pictures

Posted on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 , 09:09:11 byVeronica

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Carmaker Peugeot managed to develop a new model, the 908 HDi FAP and presented the hybrid at the final round of the 2008 Le Mans Series at Silverstone at the end of this week. Its power plant features a kinetic energy recovery system. The new 908 Hybrid was presented in a new, specific silver-grey livery and will provide a foretaste of what the next endurance racing challenger could resemble, although its use will depend on the regulations that will govern LMP 1 cars from 2009. The hybrid technology enables a proportion of the kinetic energy produced under braking to be either recovered or stored. When it comes to a non-hybrid car, this energy is lost and simply dissipated in the form of heat via the brakes. When harnessed, the efficiency of the vehicle is enabled to be improved in one of two ways: reduced fuel consumption for the same level of performance, thanks to the availability of stored mechanical energy and enhanced performance with no increase in the amount of energy consumed, thanks to the combination of the stored mechanical energy and the energy produced by the internal combustion engine. This hybrid system features a 60 kW gear-driven electric motor-generator, batteries which permit recovered energy to be stored in 600 lithium-ion cells divided into 10 battery packs and last, but not least, an electronic power converter which controls the flow of energy between the batteries and the motor generator. The engineers offer three possibilities when it comes to powering the 908 Hybrid: the firs one is the electric mode only, then there is the internal combustion engine only and last, but not least, a combination of the two. After innovating through the use of the HDi FAP technology in competition, running a hybrid car in endurance racing would give Peugeot a chance to gain extremely valuable experience that would benefit the development of production cars.