What does the expression Hybrid conjour up when applied to cars………..politically correct, save the whales, eat Muesli etc. etc.
Well with typical French style or elan as they would say Peugeot have blown that cliche wide open
At Silverstone last evening they unveiled their take on "le concept Hybrid"………combining the stunning 908 Le Mans Prototype and a kinetic energy recovery system……
Well as the press pack says…………..
HY technology enables a proportion of the kinetic energy produced under braking to
be either recovered or stored. In the case of a non-hybrid car, this energy is
dissipated in the form of heat via the brakes. However, when harnessed, it enables
the vehicle's efficiency to be improved in one of two ways:
- enhanced performance with no increase in the amount of energy consumed
thanks to the combination of the stored mechanical energy and the energy produced
by the internal combustion engine.
- reduced fuel consumption for the same level of performance thanks to the
availability of stored mechanical energy.
The system featured on this demonstrator comprises three key elements:
>> a 60kW gear-driven electric motor-generator which takes the place of the
conventional starter motor,
>> batteries which permit recovered energy to be stored in 600 lithium-ion cells
divided into 10 battery packs (six in the cockpit instead of the conventional battery
and four on the left-hand side of the flat bottom).
>> an power electronic converter (located in the rear part of the front left wing) which
controls the flow of energy between the batteries and the motor-generator.
The 908 HY can be powered in one of three ways:
- electric mode only (e.g. in the pit-lane),
- internal combustion engine only,
- a combination of the two.
In the course of a lap of Le Mans, for example, the system will recuperate energy for
between 20 and 30 seconds. This energy can be used:
- either to deliver extra power thanks to an additional boost of 60kW (80hp) for
approximately 20 seconds per lap, either automatically when re-accelerating, or when
the driver chooses to make use of it ('push to pass').
- or to reduce fuel consumption for the equivalent level of performance thanks to the
mechanical energy recovered (between three and five per cent).
In the flesh the car looked stunning, the first time that the 908's livery has really worked………….Nic Minassian did three laps at a respectable speed…….and hopped out with a grin on his face.
The only downside is that under rules announced yesterday the car will not be eligible to compete in any ACO sanctioned event………it can run but not score points till 2010.
Excuse me if I call this car electifying……………..