Peugeot 9X8: The hypercar that wants to reign in the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The innovative hybrid model, with a beautiful design, stands out for not having a rear spoiler.

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In el 2022 World Endurance will add in the class of hypercars to Peugeot , which in partnership with TotalEnergies, aims to reign supreme in endurance racing and, especially, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That is what the Peugeot 9X8, an innovative vehicle full of technology adapted to the new WEC senior class regulations.

Peugeot Sport TotalEnergiesThe Peugeot 9X8 is the successor in the discipline of Peugeot 905 y Peugeot 908, winners of Le Mans respectively in 1992 and 1993, and in 2009. Following the path of its illustrious predecessors, the 9X8 is called upon to perpetuate the manufacturer's tradition in motor sports marked by high-performance models and with a strong visual identity. that allows you to identify them at first glance.

Why is it called 9X8? The 9 initial characterizes the extreme competition vehicles of the brand, the X evokes the technologies of integral transmission (4-wheel drive) and hybridization; Meanwhile he 8 It is the number of all contemporary Peugeot names.

Peugeot Sport TotalEnergiesBeyond the silhouette and the general appearance, the Design team has worked on the integration of Peugeot's own codes in all the details of the execution, naturally within a framework of maximum efficiency.

Signature characteristic of the brand, the three luminous claws of the headlights and taillights make the 9X8 another member of the range. The new shield, with the lion's head, is present, backlit, on the front and on the sides of the car. The color Sélénium Gray with contrasted details in Kryptonite color (an acid greenish yellow), which appear both on the bodywork and inside the cockpit are those of the new range Peugeot Sport Engineered, started with the 508 and 508 SW.

Peugeot Sport TotalEnergiesOn the outside, the rims appear to have been worked by a goldsmith and are incorporated into a perfectly structured, purely designed silhouette. The fins are open at the top, allowing the tires to stick out, and the mirrors are seamlessly integrated so that no obstacle appears to get in the way of the airflow.

At the rear of the 9X8, finely carved elements house the three luminous claws of the headlights that frame a large diffuser on which a humorous inscription has been placed: We need no rear wing/We don't need rear spoiler.

Peugeot Sport TotalEnergiesFirst introduced in the Chaparral 2F from the 1967 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the rear wing is questioned for the first time in the last half century. The innovative rear of the 9X8 has been suggested by studies by Peugeot Sport engineers. The regulation requires having a single adjustable aerodynamic element without specifying that it must be the rear wing. Calculations and simulations carried out by Peugeot show that they can get great performance without such a spoiler.

The 9X8 features a V6 engine 2.6-liter twin-turbo 500 kW (680 hp) with the V at 90 ° - the combustion engine of the powertrain Peugeot Hybrid4 500 KW which will be installed in the rear of the 9X8- accumulates, as planned, kilometers on the power bank since last April.

Peugeot Sport TotalEnergiesEl 200 kW electric motor / generator to be positioned at the front, the seven-speed sequential gearbox and the battery are being assembled to comply with the bench validation plan. Peugeot Sport and Gravy, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies, face a daily technological challenge in the co-development of the high-density, high-power, high-voltage battery (900 volts).

For this return to endurance racing, Peugeot relied on pilots with a lot of experience: the French Jean-Eric Vergne y Loïc duval, the Danish Mikkel jensen y Kevin Magnussen, the American Gustavo Menezes, English James rossiter  and the scotch Paul Di Resta.

DATA SHEET PEUGEOT 9X8

  • Zone: LMH (Le Mans Hypercar)
  • Length 5.000mm
  • Ancho Steak: 2.080mm
  • Alto 1.180mm
  • Battle 3.045mm
  • Engine: Powertrain Peugeot Hybrid4 500 KW (4 wheel drive)
  • Rear axle: 6 kW (2.6 hp) 90 ° V-twin 500 liter V680 petrol engine + 7-speed sequence gearbox
  • Front end: Electric motor / generator 200 kW + reducer
  • Battery: High density, 900 volts co-developed by Peugeot Sport and TotalEnergies / Saft.
  • Fuel and lubricants: TotalEnergies.

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Diego durruty

Journalist with 30 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, Coequipier y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y Vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He currently drives Two Daring Guys, a car magazine that is broadcast on Tuesdays from 18 to 19 by RadioArroba.com; is editor of motorsport in Red Bull Argentina, columnist on the show WorldSport (AM Splendid) and in Surf & Rock FM.  He is also a teacher in SPORTS. Now you can read it on his blog: automundo.com.ar.

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