Peugeot revealed their new prototype racer codenamed 90X, which is currently doing its first track tests and will report to duty in 2011. This is not the new 908, as Peugeot motorsport division is currently developing a new version of that car as well. The 90X has a defining feature called the “shark fin” on the engine cover.
This fin is a very useful aerodynamic element that prevents the car from taking off from the ground in case it lost grip at very high speed. While Peugeot says that this new racer weighs 900 Kg, they say nothing about its engine, whether it’s a diesel or petrol or an E85, or maybe even a hybrid. They say they are exploring different options regarding that.
“Our objective was to start track testing before the end of the year,” says Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quesnel. “I am pleased to report that we have now done that. Even so, there is still a long way to go and a considerable amount of work to be done as we prepare for 2011.”
“We are still exploring several options with regard to the engine and technology we will use,” points out Bruno Famin, the Technical Director of Peugeot Sport. “Work on the engine’s development is ongoing. Endurance racing is an ideal proving ground to provide us with the opportunity to showcase all the brand’s technologies.”