On July 6, you probably did not miss the presentation of Peugeot’s new Hypercar meeting the new LMH regulations. This model comes almost two years later officialization of Peugeot’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, ten years after the brand’s last appearance on the legendary Sarthe route.
With its new Hypercar, Peugeot breaks the rules with particularly interesting aerodynamic work involving in particular the absence of a rear wing. “We have achieved a degree of aerodynamic efficiency which allows us to do without this element”, confirms Jean-Marc Finot, director of Stellantis Motorsport. “But don’t ask me how! We intend to keep this a secret for as long as possible.”
The Peugeot 9X8 in its version intended for competition.
The LMH regulations set more freedoms than the LMP1 regulations, thanks to a performance window with maximum limits that can be reached regarding downforce as well as minimum drag, which allows each manufacturer to proceed almost as it should. wish as long as it conforms to the defined framework.
As a reminder, the Peugeot 9X8 is equipped with a hybrid powertrain combining a twin-turbo V6 of 2.6 liters of displacement developing a trifle of 680 horsepower and a 200 kW electric motor on the front axle (272 hp). The total power that it can develop on the track will however be limited to 500 kW (680 horsepower), in accordance with the regulations already in force.
We already know this, but the regulations do not oblige manufacturers to develop a model in small series intended for road use. Except huge surprise, Peugeot will therefore not offer a “road legal” 9X8., unlike Toyota which is developing a model derived from the GR010 already presented, and which will respond to the name of Toyota GR Super Sport. This future competitor of the Mercedes-AMG One and other Aston Martin Valkyrie will not be subject to the power limitation of its competition alter ego. The Japanese firm has already mentioned a power greater than 1000 horses during the presentation of the concept.
If we will therefore not have the right to a supercar approved for the road on the Peugeot side, our in-house illustrator therefore had fun imagining what a “raod legal” version of the Peugeot 9X8 could look like. Regarding the on-board engine, we give free rein to your imagination, but the integration of the same powertrain as in competition, without power limit, like the future Toyota GR Super Sport, would undoubtedly not be a bad idea.
We can also imagine the pilots of the brand, namely Paul Di Resta, Loïc Duval, Mikkel Jensen, Kevin Magnussen, Gustavo Menezes and Jean-Éric Vergne, actively solicited to participate in the development of this supercar intended for a handful of customers selected on the blind. But for now, their main focus is on the version that will start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2023. But who knows, maybe Peugeot will change its mind?