Le Mans Legends Revisited: Piloting the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP LMP1 in Torrential Rain

A Le Mans 24 Hours winner as recently as 2009, the Peugeot 908 HDI is now eligible for historic combat. But how will it cope in monsoon conditions?

Peugeot 908 HDI

Lyndon McNeil

Photographers Lyndon McNeil
Taken from Motor Sport July 2018

Of all the conditions in which to drive one of Peugeot Sport’s precious and remarkable 908 HDi FAP LMP1 cars, this is the stuff of nightmares. The only thing worse than having your first taste of one of the fastest Le Mans prototypes in appalling conditions is not having that first taste at all. Distressingly, if the relentless rain doesn’t abate that’s exactly how today will play out…

We’re present at the Silverstone Classic media test day – a gathering of cars that reflects the full breadth of the world’s biggest historic race meeting. The leaden sky might be a foreboding shade of grey, but the impressive ‘Wing’ pit building is a riot of colour – a reflection of the vibrant historic racing scene.