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The Le Mans endurance race is long considered as the oldest and pre-eminent race of its kind in the world. It’s safe to say that the teams that participate in Le Mans aren’t exactly what you’d consider as run-of-the-mill. Only the big boys play here, so they say.

On that note, recent Le Mans history has seen two automakers sit on top of the throne. While one team has long dominated the endurance race for the past decade, one team was able to put a stomp to the other’s run of dominance, claiming the overall championship in 2011.

Sure, Audi reclaimed its throne from Peugeot last year, but if there’s one thing we’ve learned from these two teams, it’s that Peugeot won’t go down without taking any swings for the fences.

This year, the French automaker is armed and ready for battle after introducing their 2011 Le Mans racer, the new 908 HDi FAP race car.

While it’s going to have it’s hands full against Audi and their equally new R18 LMP1 racer , the new 908 race car is expected to be the strongest challenger to Audi’s reign of dominance. Whether the latter has the goods to knock off the former from its perch is still anyone’s guess. What we do know is that these two cars will be front and center when the 2011 Le Mans endurance race kicks off in June 11.

Details after the jump

Automakers are always a couple steps ahead of what they are debuting at the moment, but designers have taken to being a few steps ahead of even them with ideas and illustrations filtering across the internet like a ripple across a pond. We’ve already seen images of a 2020 Inceptor Supercar Study and what former Executive Director of Engineering of the Renault Formula One team, Pat Symonds, thinks the 2020 Renault race car will look like. Designer, Kim Minchul, is also taking a stab at a 2020 vehicle with his Peugeot Coaster Concept.

The idea behind this concept is to separate the driver and passenger so the driver can feel that much safer in his little cocoon of a driver seat. The entire cabin is shielded by a transparent driver’s cab, which reminds us too much of glass to make us feel safe and comfortable. Plus, they separated the passenger and the driver to limit distraction, but then they add a completely transparent cabin so the driver can be entertained while driving. Hmmm....something doesn’t exactly add up with this.

"The Coaster, separation of the driver’s space and the body, showed the freedom of structure and the construction of widely driving space. Through this structural freedom indicates various movements and new values derivative from the existing car. It is the thrill and fun that we seek to have when you take a ride at the amusement park. It is a mobility that infers the intention of people who wants to run, a different way of freedom which differentiates from this simple meaning of transportation, and a different value which people wanted to have through the entertainment rides," explained the designer.

We don’t know about everyone else out there, but we don’t think people can handle a drive that is like a "ride at the amusement park." People can’t even handle texting and driving.

The Peugeot 908 HDi won first place at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but as is the case in the racing industry these days, last year’s championship car could just as easily be the following year’s also-ran, which proved to be true for the 908 HDi when all four cars who participated at this year’s installment of Le Mans failed to even make the finish line.

So with a need for a new racer to compete in 2011, Peugeot Sport has finally introduced the successor to the 908: the 90-X.

Technical details of the 90-X are still unknown as of this time as the car is still in the testing phase. According to Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport’s technical director, the team is still exploring several options with regard to the engine and technology that’s going to be used in the 90-X. "Work on the engine’s development is ongoing,” he said. “Endurance racing is an ideal proving ground to provide us with the opportunity to showcase all the brand’s technologies."

Having said that, the closed cockpit 90-X supposedly passes all of ACO’s 2011 regulations, including the 900 kg weight limit. Peugeot also installed a new safety feature in the 90X – a “shark fin” – which was designed to prevent the race car from going airborne in the event of any unforeseen accidents.

Peugeot Sport Director Olivier Quenel said that preparations made for the 90-X are on schedule with track testing already taking place before the year ends. "I am pleased to report that we have now done that [test runs],” he said. “Even so, there is still a long way to go and a considerable amount of work to be done as we prepare for 2011."

Source: Peugeot Sport

If Peugeot ever decides on introducing a new concept car, we highly suggest that they give Piotr Czyzewski a call.

The Polish designer is responsible for this stunning Peugeot concept called ‘Shine’. The four-seater coupe’s design is nothing short of jaw dropping. The sleek curves and aggressive linings give it the look of a stealthy puma ready to pounce on a very unfortunate – and unsuspecting – prey.

While the aesthetic and the glossy black color is enough to give the Shine Concept a VIP entry to the ‘Smoking Hot Concept’ Club, we still haven’t gotten to those opposite-opening doors that make the car look more awesome than it already is.

Czyzweski didn’t give any details on the performance package that comes with his work of art, but you can be assured that whatever’s under the hood of this car, it’s sheer appearance alone is all the evidence we need to know that this is one Peugeot concept the manufacturer should seriously think of rolling into the production block.

Source: Automotto

Peugeot UK is thinking that if they attach a name that has the word "sport" in it, that it would change the look of their little hatchback. We’re not sure if they succeeded, but we give them an A for effort. Their project is the special edition 207 Sportium and it will be offered with a choice of either a VTi 95 Euro 5 petrol engine or Peugeot’s new HDi 92 Euro 5 diesel engine, plus a number of little treats to sport up the vehicle.

The 207 Sportium will be offered with power steering, reach and rake adjustable steering, six airbags, remote control central locking with deadlocks, and electric front windows – “one touch” for the driver. As far as acronyms go, the 207 will come with a radio/ CD player, ABS, EBFD, and EBA. Exterior sporty features will include front fog lights, chrome effect finish to the front grille, colour-coded body side mouldings (including rear bumper), Sportium interior pack, and dark tinted rear window / rear side glass. Finishing off the exterior look is a set of alloy wheels - 15" on petrol models and 16" on HDi models.

Prices for the new 207 Sportium edition start at £12,595. Sales will begin in November.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW To Develop Front-Drive Hybrid With Peugeot

The auto industry appears to be a land of partnerships, as a new one seems to pop up every day. The newest agreement comes from BMW and Peugeot , who have signed an agreement to jointly work on a new hybrid vehicle.

The two companies will work together in the effort to develop hybrid components for a front-wheel drive vehicle. This is no surprise since BMW has been discussing the possibility of a small front-wheel drive vehicle for the U.S market for some time now. Although we have had no official announcements on a new hybrid system, this new partnership could be just what the doctor ordered.

There is a chance that Mini might get in on this sharing effort, seeing as how Toyota is preparing an onslaught of new hybrid vehicles, including a Yaris-sized vehicle.

Peugeot have yet to make any noise on the possibility of a front-wheel drive hybrid, as most of their hybrids use batteries to turn the rear wheels, while the fronts are powered by a regular petrol engine.

This isn’t the first time that BMW and Peugeot have linked up, as the two have been working on engines for years. In February, the two signed an agreement to jointly work on a four-cylinder powerplant, which will be able to meet EU 6 requirements.

We were able to check out the EX1 electric concept from Peugeot at last month’s Paris Auto Show and although this concept was fun to look at and explore, the look of the overall car didn’t seem like something that would be driving down the road anytime soon. Of course, this concept isn’t just an oversized paper weight, Peugeot has stated that it is a preview for a future sports car from the French company.

In a recent interview, a Peugeot spokesman said: "The EX1 shows that we can do many things with electric cars. It shows how far we can go."

The timeline isn’t set in stone just yet, though. Peugeot has no plans to produce an electric sports car "for the time being." However, the spokesman said Peugeot could still one day make a production model EV sports car.

The concept is powered by two electric motors, one on each axle, each with a peak output of 167 HP and a maximum torque of 240 Nm at the front and rear. The same spokesman said the EX1 is thus in the same speed category as Porsche’s 918 Spyder hybrid concept, meaning we could see a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. That is, if this concept doesn’t get lost in the shuffle from now until whenever they are ready to start production.

Peugeot is rolling out its second special edition for the 2010MY with the RCZ Asphalt based on their latest RCZ sports car . Following the RCZ Limited Edition , the RCZ Asphalt gets almost double the number of units as the previous model with 500 being available for purchase.

The new RCZ Asphalt will be distinguished by a dark gray/black matte exterior paint finish, new 19" black and silver alloys for the exterior, and a pair of custom made sport seats covered in black leather for the interior. And just in case owners forget the name of their vehicle, there will be plenty of "Asphalt" logos on both the interior and the exterior.

Unfortunately, this special edition does not offer any engine updates. Under the hood the customer will still find the 1.6 liter THP engine that develops a total of 200 HP. Other engine options may be available, but Peugeot is keeping mum on those details.

Peugeot has also yet to announce prices for the new special edition, but if we are using the RCZ Limited Edition as a guide then the Asphalt should be around 35,500 euros.

Check out the first official images of the RCZ Asphalt in the gallery!

Next to the EX1 concept , Peugeot will also present at the Paris Auto Show the HR1, a concept that combines in the same vehicle a city runaround, a coupe and a SUV. The HR1 is a hybrid vehicle that features Peugeot’s latest HYbrid4 technology, with a new three cylinder 1.2 liter THP petrol engine at the front and a rear electric motor, that both deliver a total of 147 HP. The concept delivers a combined fuel consumption of only 3.5 liters/100 km and CO2 emissions of only 80 g/km.

The design language features flowing flanks showcasing large wheels and a double bubble on the rear windscreen reminiscent of the curves of the RCZ Coupe . The interior gets ergonomically placed controls, a small steering wheel, and a “Head Up Display” allowing information to be seen without the driver taking their eyes off the road.

Another interesting feature is a new "movement recognition" system that allows the driver to scroll through functions and select available settings with a simple movement of the hand.

Press release after the jump.

Peugeot’s new flagship sedan, the 508 , is scheduled to make its world debut at the Paris Motor Show later this month, but the Lion brand is doing a pre-emptive strike on the proceedings by releasing a full-length ad of both the sedan and wagon variant of the 508.

The video gives us a nice little preview of what to expect when the car makes its debut in Paris at the end of September. In addition to the two unique style variants, the ad showed us a few of the 508’s features, including a start-stop push button, a pop-up information display, and a panoramic sun-roof, which we’ve been told will come as an optional feature for anyone who might want to add it in to their cars.

Shortly after making its Paris debut, the 508 is expected to find its way into dealerships sometime in the first quarter of next year where it is expected to be available in a number of engine and fuel variants with a hybrid version set to follow suit in a year’s time.

Source: Peugeot

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