Less than a year after the presentation of the concept and five months after the first test of the vehicle on the track, the Peugeot TotalEnergies team presented its new endurance racing car: the Peugeot 9X8. The new all-wheel-drive, hybrid-electric hypercar will make its racing debut in July at the fourth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship in Monza, Italy. The countdown is in full swing for Peugeot.
When Peugeot travels to Italy on July 10 for the 6 Hours of Monza, the company will enter a new era in endurance racing. The Peugeot 9X8 brings a new design to the FIA WEC, following Le Mans winners' footsteps of the Peugeot 905 and Peugeot 908.
This powerful hypercar, which is immediately noticeable due to the lack of a rear wing, complies with the ACO and FIA Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) category regulations and is more accessible than the LMP1, just as competitive. The model showcases Peugeot's detailed design, characterized by feline lines, a clean silhouette, a strong brand identity, and the same familiar three-clawed light signature found on the manufacturer's road models. Exemplifying Peugeot's technological prowess in hybridization and electrification, both critical elements of the brand's energy transition strategy, the hypercar underscores the company's commitment to excellence. Both in terms of its competitive efforts and its customers. Eye-catching design, passion for motorsport, and technological excellence are the three values that have guided Peugeot in this ambitious project. It aims to mark the return of the lion brand to endurance racing, with a particular focus on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This extraordinary event has few rivals for evaluating and validating innovative ideas and technologies.
The Peugeot 9X8 is a prototype for racing with a powertrain developed under the direction of Peugeot Sport specialists. Its rear wheels are powered by a 2.6-liter V6 bi-turbo combustion engine with an output of 520 kW, while a high-performance electric motor with 200 kW powers the front wheels. Like the high-performance engine and the silicon carbide-based inverter was developed with Marelli. The vehicle's 900-volt high-capacity battery was developed jointly with TotalEnergies/SAFT. Michelin supplies the tires that comply with the hypercar class regulations.
The Peugeot 9X8 has a sporty design and measures 4.995 meters in length, 2 meters in width, and 1.145 meters in height. However, it weighs just 1,030 kilograms, and its tank holds up to 90 liters of TotalEnergies' Excellium Racing 100 fuel, which is up to 100 percent renewable.