Le Mans supercar was seen live

PREVIEW IN MONZA – I know Peugeot 9X8 You will be able to immediately compete in the Endurance Tournament WEC 2022 And in the prestigious 24 hours from Le Mans Only the results on the track will tell. But it has been a long time since there was such a sophisticated and special racing car. The Peugeot racing prototype was developed to compete in the WEC’s LMH (Le Mans Hypercar) class, and made it to the Monza circuit for the 6 Hours of Monza, where we were able to see it live. Very wide, low and, above all, without a large rear spoiler, the Peugeot 9X8 is just a concept for now, but according to the words of its designers, little will change with the version we’ll see on the track next year.

Hybrid and integrated – Option to dispense with Peugeot 9X8 One of the most classic aerodynamic supplements, dictated by the designers, but also for a subtle technical reason: regulations impose restrictions on the downforce developed by the cars, a value that Peugeot engineers achieved “only” by working on the bottom – with a massive extractor – and on body shapes. Regulation also dictates the maximum amount of power that can be delivered at any time from hybrid system – 680 hp – But the new engine developed by Peugeot hides much more than the cavalry can indicate: it combines the traction of a new 90-degree in-line twin-turbocharged 6-cylinder engine on the rear wheels with, on the front axle, a high-voltage battery-powered electric unit (900 volts). Depending on the speed and various standards imposed by regulations, the Peugeot 9X8 will be able to rely on all-wheel drive for maximum stability in high-speed corners while when braking, the kinetic energy will recharge the battery.

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When will you go on the right track? – Colors selected for this first public display of Peugeot 9X8 Only those of the renewed hybrid spirit of Peugeot Sport, fluorescent gray and green, can be the same as those that define the sporty variant of the Peugeot Sport Engineered from the 508. Even the name of this racing car is taken from the present, but also from the past of the French manufacturer: 9 recalls the tradition of racing models French, such as the Peugeot 905 and 908 HDi Fap, while the number 8 is the number with which current Peugeot names end. Instead, an “X” instead of a zero is an indication of the all-wheel drive system. In short, everything points to a return of style in endurance racing for the already winning French manufacturer Le Man In 2009 with the Peugeot 908 HDi Fap. But to see the ultra-modern race car in action, we’ll have to wait a little longer: the first track tests are expected at the end of the year. The next few months will once again see the engineers involved in developing the ultimate car simulator and in powertrain bench tests, that it can withstand such prolonged and heavy use as that imposed by 24 hours at Le Mans.

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