Peugeot 908 LMP1 Tales: All of the torque
Ask an ex-Method 1 driver to supply their impressions of the primary automotive they drove after leaving F1, and be ready to listen to disappointment expressed in quite a few methods. Nothing comes near the efficiency of an F1 machine — even the worst vehicles on the Grand Prix grid are extra dynamic than something IndyCar or Le Mans has to supply — and it’s right here the place Anthony Davidson takes an sudden flip.
The Briton, recent from F1 with the Honda-powered Tremendous Aguri staff, didn’t know what to anticipate when he obtained an invite to check with the Peugeot Sport LMP1 staff. After sampling the warp-speed 908 HDI FAP, no matter post-F1 disappointment he anticipated was lacking, as described in an excerpt from the Peugeot 908 LMP1 Reminiscences podcast with Sebastien Bourdais, Anthony Davidson, and Pedro Lamy.
Davidson: “I got here to Peugeot after the F1 dream was over with the Tremendous Aguri staff, and I keep in mind the primary time I’d pushed the automotive was within the November of the 2008 season, and what a beast. I keep in mind simply considering, ‘Wow, I’m actually happy to seek out out that there’s a complete different world of a class of motorsport, which is so, so near F1.’ As a result of in your means as much as F1 you’re so blinkered, that’s all you’ll be able to see, it’s all you need to do. Single-seater, single-seater, it’s all you’ve received your thoughts set on. So after I first received the possibility to drive the Peugeot, I used to be so, relieved and happy and I simply thought, ‘That is mega. That is precisely what I need to be doing’ and I beloved each lap I did at Paul Ricard.”
Bourdais: “And 2008 was nonetheless the massive (V12 turbodiesel) engine.”
Davidson: “(Within the Tremendous Aguri F1 automotive with the Honda V8 engine), I feel peak energy is at 17,000 (rpm) or one thing. We had been again within the days if you had been revving as much as 19,000. (And with the Peugeot it was) 4,000. It didn’t actually have a rev limiter as such. So we had been altering (gear) round in regards to the 4,000 mark, three and a half to 4,000 mark. And the good factor in regards to the Peugeot, that automotive had 1,250 newton meters of torque (922 ft-lb) at 3000rpm, which actually made an F1 automotive (by comparability) a bit sucky again then.
“As a result of that they had one thing loopy like 400 newton meters of torque at 17,000rpm. However yeah, it was an actual beast to drive, very fast, plenty of downforce and I beloved it — that’s all I needed to do. And it didn’t work out going into the 2009 season, as a result of (staff supervisor) Serge Saulnier was simply finding out my contract, and he received changed by Olivier Quesnel, and Olivier Quesnel needed David Brabham, and never me within the staff again then. He thought the staff wanted the expertise, and in a means he was proper. (Brabham) went on to win Le Mans within the 2009 season. So I needed to wait my flip till 2010.
“However I had thought that the possibility was over after that check and that interval the place, I imply, it’s so irritating for a driver — I had the draft contract there, despatched from Serge Saulnier, I had it in my palms. Yeah, I agreed (to) it, after which all of it went chilly. Serge wouldn’t reply my calls and I used to be considering what the hell is occurring? What have I accomplished fallacious? However I didn’t understand that at a political degree he was getting booted out, getting changed. Actually brutal.”
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