News received today from Peugeot reveals that the V12 HDi engine
was tested on the test bench at the end of last week, as scheduled
- writes David Legangneux.
first test is being reported as successful, the engine having worked
at the "first turn of key". Testing then continued. For
the Peugeot personnel, it was "another great moment of emotion"
with the unveiling of the car the same week. Everything is reported
to be "on schedule, with no delays".
French press gave some other news last week:
The 'real' car, which will be assembled in October to December,
will be 90% like the scale model unveiled last week.
Four of the 2007 drivers, who will drive in the Le Mans Series,
will be announced this month. The 'Le Mans only' drivers will be
announced later, but all will be part of the testing programme.
Eric Hélary has a contract with Peugeot, but until the end
of this year only.
Peugeot will go to Sebring in March 2007, but not for the 12 hours,
unless there are "exceptional conditions" according to
Serge Saulnier, interviewed by Le Maine Libre. According
to l'Equipe, they will test as soon as the day after the
12 Hours race - for a week. Of course, times will be compared to
those of the Audis!
The shakedown, scheduled for early December, will be carried out
by Eric Hélary, on an airfield track. Real testing will begin
then at the end of the same month, on the Paul Ricard circuit. Several
24 hour simulations are scheduled. So a big testing schedule, which
is unlikely to be compatible with Sébastien Loeb's own agenda.
According to Serge Saulnier, if any current Pescarolo drivers become
Peugeot drivers, it will be done in agreement with Henri Pescarolo.
The first race for the Peugeot is expected to be the first Le Mans
Series race, at Monza or Valencia.