Do you know why the Peugeot 908 RC Concept is a 15-year-old who hasn’t even a day old? That’s because it wasn’t pretty in the first place. Since the day the newborn was introduced to the world at the Paris Motor Show in 2006, he’s never pretended to be on the positive side of beauty, which surprisingly has worked in his favour as the 908 RC could easily pass as a concept for tomorrow.
The French marquee showed us photos of the newborn a month before the unveiling of the motor show. The pictures weren’t particularly pretty, perhaps because the first generation Audi R8 had just arrived in the same year, raising the bar for the high-performance car’s beauty dramatically. But the 908 RC wasn’t a roadster like an Audi. It was instead a four-door luxury sedan surprisingly powered by a 5.5-liter diesel VI2 HDi mill lifted from the Le Mans Peugeot 908 HDi FAP prototype.
In other words, the 908 RC was a luxury touring car with a warrior spirit. To estimate the RC engine, keep in mind that it took on the Audi R10 TDI as well Audi R15 TDI He won the 2009 Le Mans. In fact, the 908 HDi racer won 19 out of 28 races between 2007 and 2010. For these reasons, the 2006 Peugeot 908 RC Concept is unforgettable, beautiful or not.
The legendary power of the V12 Peugeot 908 RC
The 908 RC is beautiful – we mean inside out. We may have thought a lot about the cosmetic appearance of this car but we do so with a caveat. Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder. What no one can deny, however, is the legendary power of the diesel-powered V12 remote control engine.
The engine, equipped with a diesel particulate filter system, was originally developed for the exhausting Le Mans racing series. Two particulate filters located at the end of each exhaust system upgraded the 908 RC as a climate-conscious engine car. The turbocharged diesel engine delivered legendary power and performance unparalleled in diesel engines. It had a chassis with a 100° V angle and a very low center of gravity.
Where the 2006 Audi R8 we mentioned produced 420 hp and 317 lb-ft of torque, the Peugeot 908 RC Concept made 700 hp driving all four wheels and 885 lb-ft of torque. It has once again proven that appearance can be deceiving. It maintained a top speed of over 186 mph, which is great agility for a saloon. Even the Audi 2006 lightweight carbon-fibre composite body had a top speed of 187 mph.
The Peugeot was made from a carbon-aluminium composite and had a total weight of 1800 kg. Power is transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox that is electronically controlled under the engine. The six-speed manual gearbox has been specially adapted to match the exceptionally powerful torque of the V12 engine.
The power train arrangement allows for the large capacity trunk. I sat behind the final drivetrain, unobtrusive to the interior space and passenger compartment. The evenly positioned powertrain allowed the drive mode to shift forward, providing an improved driving experience for the driver and passengers. Concepts like the Peugeot 908 RC are an attempt to push the boundaries of what is possible. It’s a shame that the 908 RC is still a dream after all these years.
You won’t see it printed on the engine, but the 908 was an obvious nod to the winning 908 racer. The designation “RC” was assigned to the sports models of the brand. The 908 RC concept may not have remained more than an idea, but we got the idea; Grand Tourer offers ultimate driving pleasure. It was clear upon reveal that Peugeot had no intention of cutting corners with this car. An efficient engine hasn’t come at the expense of comfort, luxury and the environment.
The Peugeot prototype that was forgotten at that time
We just think it’s been so long that the Peugeot 908 RC deserves to be in production. We understand that for that to happen, the design may need to see big changes, but we don’t care. Besides, we don’t care because the engine was going to be, or wouldn’t be, the 908. Which is probably why the 908 RC would never smell a production line. The chassis forms a streamlined aerodynamic structure to achieve an impressive drag coefficient of just 0.556.
Will Peugeot dare to do away with specially designed air ducts in the wind tunnel, which not only improve RC performance, but improve fuel consumption and engine ventilation? Two-part front ducts deliver air to the radiators while improving the vehicle’s aerodynamic capabilities.
It does this with the help of anodized aluminum slots located at the top of the front wheels, through which the internal and external air flow is increased. No matter what they do with the body, as long as the position of the engine and powertrain itself remains unchanged, the 908 RC has left an indelible mark as a world-class production model.
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