1992, 1993, 2009: three years when the Peugeot 905 and Peugeot 908, respectively, waved a lion flag on the tower of Le Mans. Then in 2011 the song and dance came to an end, the hybrid race car planned for 2012 was no longer up and running, the French brand was forced to throw its long-term racing program.
Now, however, they are here again, in the newly introduced Hypercar category, which allows for innovative, creative engineering solutions thanks to its more flexible constraints on aerodynamics.
Such a creative idea right away is that the car (5000 x 2080 x 1180 mm; 3045 mm wheelbase) does not have a rear wing: Peugeot engineers claim that they have managed to achieve sufficient downforce without, but are still unwilling to reveal the secret.
The name 9X8 is also creative, the first and last members of which refer to the 908, and X suggests that (a) the car is all-wheel drive, (b) the car crosses the internal combustion engine technology with the electric, hybrid in Hungarian. This is important because Peugeot will electrify all its cars by 2025, so there will be a connection between street and racing models.
There is also an optical link between the two areas: the racing car’s front and rear position indicators and the gray-yellow color scheme can be traced back to street models and the first member of the Peugeot Sport Engineered sports family, the 509 PSE.
There’s a bold experiment going on in the cabin: instead of a purely functional cockpit, the designers dreamed of a colorful, patterned driving environment.
As far as the powertrain is concerned, the 2.6-liter biturbo V6 petrol engine drives the rear wheels with the 680 hp allowed by the regulations, while the front axle is fitted with a 272-horsepower electric motor / generator combo – or is fitted because the electrical component, including high-voltage (900V) battery, is in the final stages of development as well as the seven-speed sequential transmission. We know from the past that the power of a racing car should not exceed 500 kW (680 hp) at any time during the race, so engineers have serious reserves in the application of the electric motor.
Peugeot Sport will start for the first time in the 2022 FIA World Championships with the new 9X8, with two cars at a time.
Source: Vezess by www.vezess.hu.
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