Geneva Auto Show: Peugeot 908 HYbrid4

This year at the Geneva Auto Show, French automaker Peugeot debuted the 908 HYbrid4, a new model of their high-performance racing vehicle. Redesigned to meet updated regulations for endurance racing, the HYbrid 4 is a combination diesel and electric power car that uses regenerative brake technology.

A six-speed diesel 3.7 litre, V8 HDi FAP, the engine produces 550 horsepower that’s used during the highest levels of performance. The hybrid system of the car stores energy in lithium-ion batteries from breaking (500kj between two phases) and automatically sends it to the rear wheels, limiting the car to run in all-electric mode only while in the pit.

image via peugeot-media.com

Just over fifteen feet long, with a wheelbase under ten feet and barely over three feet tall, the racing vehicle weighs-in at around 984 lbs; pretty impressive when compared to the nearly 3,000 lbs that the Toyota Prius weighs. Of course, no one expects to race a Prius at speeds well over 100 miles per hour.

Just how fast the car can go will be answered relatively soon. At the end of April the HYbrid4 is set to run in the Le Mans 24 Hours test day at the French circuit, a race the company won in 2007 and 2008 in Italy and Spain, leaving Peugeot little time to iron out any flaws in the coming weeks.

Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.