Peugeot 908 LMP1 reminiscences with Bourdais and Pagenaud
Staff constructing or group destruction? Essentially the most harmful a part of Peugeot’s former manufacturing unit 908 HDi FAP manufacturing unit LMP1 program wasn’t the driving; it was the pre-season group constructing occasions the place bruises and damaged bones have been the norm, as Sebastien Bourdais and Simon Pagenaud share in Half 2 of our look again on the nice French endurance racing program that ran from 2007-2011.
“It’s OK, you’re not going to die alone,” Bourdais stated of 1 harrowing group train. The on-track motion was additionally no picnic.
To start out, manufacturing unit driver Franck Montagny, regularly talked about as the middle of Peugeot-related mayhem, hit a cat at 205mph whereas testing and the outcomes weren’t nice…
They liked the unique 908 mannequin which ran by way of 2010: “It was only a good automotive,” Pagenaud stated. The all-new automotive for 2011? “It was tough,” he continued. “It was very pointy to drive. Man, the V8 diesel was much more vibration than the V12.”
And the way about one other Montagny story of “Days of Thunder” rental automotive racing on the freeway to get to the airport after testing at Monza? Then there was the time Pagenaud threw up within the morning at Le Mans… And the way a lot cash did(n’t) Peugeot pay Bourdais, its massive nationwide star?
Take a take heed to the dialog, and beneath, we’ve Half 1 with Bourdais, Anthony Davidson, and Pedro Lamy.