Peugeot Unveils A Speedy New Hypercar To Race Next Year
The 9X8 will look to dominate in the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans next year.
- The 9X8 has no rear wing as is typical with most racing hypercars.
- Spec-wise, the 9X8 comes with a 680 horsepower V6 engine, a 200kW electric motor, and a 900-volt battery pack.
Visually, this hypercar is as sleek as it is snappy, only it’s missing one key detail: a rear wing used to generate aerodynamic downforce. This is quite a risky bet if Peugeot hopes to compete with Toyota — the brand to beat in prototype racing.
The 9X8 is categorised as a Le Mans Hypercar type vehicle and was/is considered the top prototype class in endurance racing (depending on who you ask). Audi and Porsche both dabbled in this world before taking their efforts to the Formula E.
So, what do we know about the 9X8 from a technical level?
We know that the car is a speed demon, complete with a 660 horsepower V6 engine, a 200kW electric motor, and a 900-volt battery pack that Peugeot is crafting alongside fellow countryman/company Saft.
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“The greater flexibility allowed by the sport’s new technical rules regarding aerodynamics permits radical new thinking that favours the emergence of innovative cars, with scope for the design teams to make an even bigger contribution,” says Peugeot Sport.
Peugeot will put the 9X8 through its paces next year in the World Endurance Championship series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The competition it faces is fierce, joining Toyota, Glickenhaus, and Ferrari (entering 2023).
Heavy competition always brings out the best in these companies, so it’s the fans that are winning at the end of the day when you think about it.
We can’t wait to see how the 9X8 performs. But what do you think? Does Peugeot stand a chance against heavy competition in Toyota? We want your take.