Peugeot’s Le Mans Project
According to L'Equipe
of the French sporting paper provides some interesting news regarding
Peugeot's return to endurance racing – writes David Legangneux.
on time," is the important comment from Jean-Pierre Nicolas,
in L'Equipe. "All our choices are made, about chassis
and engine, but we want to keep them confidential for as long as
80 technicians are working on the outline of the
car, in the charge of Bruno Farmin, who was already working for
Peugeot before this project and who became Peugeot Sport's technical
director on December 1.
Paolo Catone has been named head of design (he was
responsible for the latest Courage prototypes), Claude Guillois
is in charge of the engine, Jean-Marc Schmidt of the chassis, Guillaume
Cattelani of the aerodynamics and Patrice Lacour looks after the
designing the car internally," said Jean-Pierre Nicolas, "we
are managing the overall project but we have deals with numerous
contractors." The French paper suggests that Mecachrome is
involved with the engine and either Dallara or Lola with the chassis.
The engine will
be unveiled by Frédéric Saint-Geours, Peugeot's General
Director, at Le Mans on Thursday June 15. The car itself will be
unveiled at the Paris Motor Show (between September 30 and October
15), then Eric Hélary will carry out the shakedown at the
beginning of December.
Peugeot Sport observers will be at Sebring next
week, to keep an eye on the diesel opposition….
Will the challenge of the first diesel win at Le
Mans be won by Audi, before the new Peugeot prototype becomes a