Peugeot protested the legality of the Audi R15 TDI on the morning of first practice for the Le Mans 24 Hours. The French manufacturer contested two areas of the radical front-end aerodynamics of the new German LMP1 prototype. It claims two flaps which can be seen under the nose and shrouds around the front wishbones contravene regulations which state that no bodywork, with the exception of the rear wing, is allowed a wing profile.
The move follows Peugeot’s demand for a clarification of the rules on the debut of the R15 at the Sebring 12 Hours in March. A statement from Peugeot read: “These appendages and this flap effectively form part of the bodywork and their sole purpose is to generate downforce. These bodywork parts are considered to be aerodynamic elements.”
The purpose of the protest, according to Peugeot Sport boss Olivier Quesnel, was to “clarify what is an unclear situation with a view to obtaining clear, precise regulations that apply to everyone”.
Race stewards threw out the protest during free practice, after which Peugeot lodged an appeal. The appeal will be heard by the FIA at an undetermined point in the future.