Peugeot slams Audi Le Mans car

Peugeot slams Audi Le Mans car

The French are trying to torpedo Audi`s potentially Le Mans race-winning R15 TDI car by raising objections about its front end.

According to Peugeot, a flap and "appendages" linking the two front wings "do not comply with Article 3.6.2 of the current technical regulations".

They have lodged an official protest one day before the cars are due to start qualifying for this weekend's historic endurance race.

Says Peugeot statement: "Two features of the Audi R15 ... do not comply with Article 3.6.2 of the current technical regulations: the flap which links the two front wings; the appendages fixed to the inner surface of the front wings.

"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. Since they do not appear on the list of aerodynamic elements authorised by Article 3.6.2, they are consequently not permitted."

Says Audi: "From our point of view, the car was correctly homologated by the ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) and passed technical scrutineering without any problems."

Copyright © Press Association 2009