Peugeot wants to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 9X8 Hypercar

Peugeot has every intention of winning future editions of the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. The automaker has unveiled a new Hypercar, the 9X8, with futuristic and aggressive lines.

The 9X8 demonstrates Peugeot’s ambition in the FIA ​​World Endurance Championship (WEC): with this Hypercar, the car manufacturer (heavyweight within the Stellantis group) indeed wants to win new victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, after the Peugeot 905 and 908 which won the legendary event in 1992, 1993 and 2009. The Hypercar must start competing next year.

A hypercar built for victory

This prototype was developed by the engineering teams of Peugeot Sport and Peugeot Design. The 9X8 explores new aerodynamic and stylistic solutions: we immediately notice the absence of a rear spoiler, as well as the new Peugeot logo (the new emblem stamped with the Lion’s head) which is clearly visible at the front of the vehicle. vehicle. The design is supposed to represent a feline ready to pounce, according to Matthias Hossann, director of design. In any case, the vehicle will not leave any competitor indifferent on the track.

Credit: Peugeot

Peugeot has managed to respect the new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations, including without the spoiler: the absence of this aerodynamic appendage “frees” the silhouette of the 9X8, creating smooth surfaces connecting the sides and opening the front wheel arches. The cockpit was also designed in the colors of this prototype: the pilot will find the colors and the interior signature specific to the manufacturer. The interest is also to allow spectators to immediately identify a Peugeot when the images from the on-board cameras are broadcast.

Credit: Peugeot

Peugeot’s Hypercar is a hybrid vehicle, since it carries a 2.6-liter V6 that develops 680 horsepower (500 kW) at the rear, as well as a 200 kW electric motor placed at the front (it is trigger from 120 km / h). The 9X8 is therefore a four-wheel drive, which is symbolized by the X in the middle of the name.

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