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Cougar Coi - 1982-1983
Every french auto designer, constructor, mechanic, team manager and driver dreams of victory in the le mans 24-hour endurance race. Yves courage got his taste in 1981, when he won the group 6 two-litre classification at the helm of a bmw-powered lola t298. Victory was doubly sweet since courage was a native of le mans and had an auto dealership there. The next year he built his own car to race against the big boys in the new group c class.
Top speed of about 185 mph
engine typedrivetrain: V8, 2 overhead camshafts per cylinder bank, 4 valves per cylinder
displacement 3,298 cc (3.3 d power rating 490 hp transmission 5-speed manual
chassis: Disc brakes; 1,931 lbs. (1982) and 1,781 lbs. (1983)
The first cougar
again backed by primagaz, courage hired marcel hubert of renault to build the monocoque he called the cougar (almost an anagram for courage) and subnamed the coi. This light racing car was powered by a ford-cosworth dfl 3.3-litre v8 engine that reached 490 hp and could propel the car to a top speed of 185 mph.
driven by courage, philippe grand and michel dubois, the coi made its debut in the 1982 le mans, starting in 28th position. It moved up nine places in an hour but then lost time in the pits while a broken suspension arm was repaired and retired during the eleventh hour with a broken
drive shaft. In the 1983 race, the coi again disappointed courage when its engine broke after six hours.
Yves courages cougar coi broke down in its 1982 debut at le mans. The no. 13 it bore in the 1983 event proved an ill omen, for the car broke down again.
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