Bruno Famin Q&A
Ongoing development of the 908 HDi FAP
Peugeot sporting director Bruno Famin takes questions on the day that the French outfit confirm its plans for the coming season.
The Peugeot 908 HDi FAP is ready for its fourth and final season. Have you been able to introduce many technical modifications?
"Lots! First of all, we had to concentrate on bodywork and engine alterations to comply with the 2010 regulations. In terms of the body we have made the following changes:
Finally, we have worked closely with Michelin on a completely new range of tyres for dry, intermediate and wet conditions."
What are the prospects of the 908 HDi FAP achieving more race victories?
"It might be the car’s fourth season, but there has been no sign of its speed diminishing. Last year we believed we might be fractionally behind our main rival in terms of performance, but in reality it was quite the opposite and the 908 was still one step ahead. It is quite clear that our rivals have responded and made significant progress with a car that is still only two years old. In terms of raw performance it wouldn’t surprise me if we were very fractionally behind – and that will set things up nicely for a 24-hour sprint race at Le Mans."
[On the 2011 challenger]
"On the technical side we are well advanced with a number of projects for 2011 but we are not yet ready to disclose any details. The technical regulations are still being finalised and we still have to evaluate many different ideas. We want to do that quickly, though, because in a perfect world the car would be running before the end of this year. In the meantime, with preparations under way for Le Mans 2010 and a new car in the pipeline, we have plenty to keep us occupied..."
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