Next year the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be fun again. Not only for the spectators, but also for the car brands. The car manufacturers can participate again without it costing them an entire annual budget. Already this year the first cars in the new Hypercar class are allowed to drive, but from next year it will really go wild. One of the new participants is this Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar. It is a hybrid that combines a 2.6-liter V6 with 680 hp with a 292 hp electric motor.
The name 9X8 is easy to decompose. Peugeot has always used the number 9 for the Le Mans racers. The X stands for four-wheel drive and the 8 Peugeot now uses for all models, such as the Peugeot 508 and 208. Peugeot will take two copies of the 9X8 Hypercar to Le Mans next year. The brand has been working on the car since September last year and the powertrain is currently being extensively pained on the test bench.
Why the Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar will join
The main class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans has always been the LMP1 in recent years. These cars were so advanced that it started to become a bit too pricey hobby for many brands. An exodus ensued, leaving only Toyota of the major car brands. The new Hypercar class has simpler regulations, so the FIA hopes that more car brands will return. This seems to work, as enough brands showed interest. It remains to be seen which brands will actually participate in the end.
History of Peugeot at Le Mans
In 1992 and 1993, the Peugeot 905 won the home race. Then the brand won nothing for a long time, until they took the victory again in 2009 with the Peugeot 908. That was at a time when it was very normal for diesel cars to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The cars of Audi, for example, also raced on the self-igniting peut. In the new Hypercar class, Peugeot will compete against Toyota, Ferrari, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and ByKolles.