French automaker Peugeot has just revealed it latest generation Hypercar 9X8, which will debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) next year.
It features a hybrid drive technology and an all-wheel drive platform. This new 9X8 Hypercar showcases the brand’s Neo-Performance strategy which combines technology and sportiness in both Peugeot’s road and race cars. The 9×8 Hypercar was a result of the collaboration of Peugeot’s Sport and Peugeot Design divisions. Two Peugeot 9X8s will be used to race in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The 9X8 is considered a is a direct successor to the legendary Peugeot 905, the winner of the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1992 and 1993, and the PEUGEOT 908, which also won the iconic race in 2009. The number “9” a continuation of the series used by Peugeot on its previous race cars, like the two iconic race cars the Peugeot 905 which raced from 1990 until 1993 and the 908 from 2007 until 2011. The “X” refers to the all-wheel drive technology and hybrid powertrain which also alludes to the brand’s electrification strategy in the world of motor racing. Peugeot has committed to provide a fully electrified variant across its passenger car and van range by 2025. Lastly, the number “8” is common across all of its current model names, from the 208 and 2008 to the 308, 3008, 5008 and the 508.
What’s striking about the 9X8 are the signature front and rear lighting, which resembles three cat-claws as an homage to the brand’s lion symbol in its logo. The lion symbol appeared in 1847 when the Peugeot family began producing steel products, and it represented strength and sharpness. These are qualities one needs to win the grueling Le Mans Hypercar series.
Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson, said: “I know the teams at Peugeot Design and Peugeot Sport and they always produce quality, innovative work, but I have to admit to being blown away by the 9X8. It is simply magnificent. The way its innovative, flowing lines exude such a powerful brand identity is masterful.”
Another notable feature of the car is that it does not have a rear wing, usually found in these race cars. Stellantis Motorsport Director, Jean-Marc Finot said: “The absence of a rear wing on the Peugeot 9X8 is a major innovative step. We have achieved a degree of aerodynamic efficiency that allows us to do away with this feature. Don’t ask how, though! We have every intention of keeping that a secret as long as we possibly can!”
Peugeot announced its participation into the Le Mans Hypercar class in September last year. It uses a rear-mounted, 2.6-litre, bi-turbo, 500kW (680hp), 90-degree V6 engine as part of the Peugeot Hybrid4 500kW powertrain. It also has a front-mounted 200kW motor-generator unit and a seven-speed sequential gearbox and a powerful, sophisticated, high-voltage 900 volts battery co-developed by Peugeot Sport and Saft, a subsidiary of Total Energies.
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