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PEUGEOT REVEALS "9X8" - NO WING -HYBRID HYPERCAR

Updated: Jul 9, 2021



By Rick Walker ( with elements from a Peugeot Media Release):





PEUGEOT has revealed details of its new 9X8, a new hybrid hypercar. The 9X8 will make its competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in 2022.


The 9X8 is all-wheel drive, and uses PEUGEOT’s Neo-Performance strategy which combines technology and sportiness in both PEUGEOT’s road and race cars. PEUGEOT Sport and PEUGEOT Design, collaborated on the 9x8 project, which is a direct successor to the PEUGOT 905 which won the LEMANS 24 HOURS in 1992 and 1993, as well as the PEUGOT 908 which won in 2009. The aerodynamic design allows for the car to operate at extreme speeds without a "wing", but Peugeot engineers are keeping their methods for creating downforce without the use of a spoiler a "secret"...for now.



PEUGEOT’s ‘Neo-Performance’ vision combines style, efficiency, and technology and uses it at the race track, so that everything learned can be applied to production road cars.


Perhaps teh most important aspectxs of the 9X8 Hypercar project revolve around the the vehicle'sdesign which is extremely aerodynamic. The car is compltely original, and was develpped under the watcful eye of PEUGEOT Sport Technical Director Olivier Jansonnie and the design team led by PEUGEOT Design Director Matthias Hossann.


New, more flexible technical rules for the LEMANS endurance race are allowing new approaches to vehicle design.





The PEUGEOT 9X8, name is inspired by a combination of the brand’s motorsport heritage and vision for the future. The “9” continues the series employed by PEUGEOT on its previous race cars, the PEUGEOT 905 (which raced from 1990 until 1993) and the 908 (2007 until 2011), both of which have become icons. The “X” refers to the PEUGEOT Hypercar’s all-wheel drive technology and hybrid powertrain, The “8” is used across the entire PEUGEOT current model line, from the 208 and 2008 to the 308, 3008, 5008 and, the 508.




Since the 9X8 is a PEUGEOT, the original sketch that steered our work portrayed a big cat ready to pounce, a stance which we have suggested by the slightly forward-tilting cockpit", said Peugeot design Director Matthias Hassann. "The overall lines of the PEUGEOT 9X8 express the brand’s styling cues, while its sleek, racy, elegant forms inspire emotion and dynamism. Inside, we wanted to take a special approach to the cockpit which, until now, has tended to be a purely functional and indistinctive aspect of racing cars, with no brand identity whatsoever. The combination of our colour scheme and PEUGEOT’s i-Cockpit interior styling signature have provided the 9X8’s cockpit with a distinctive feel and make it immediately identifiable as a PEUGEOT.”


“I know the teams at PEUGEOT Design and PEUGEOT Sport and they always produce quality, innovative work, but I have to admit to being blown away by the 9X8. It is simply magnificent. The way its innovative, flowing lines exude such a powerful brand identity is masterful.,” said Peugeot CEO Linda Jackson. "The finely-chiselled details of the PEUGEOT 9X8’s rear-end design includes the quip “We didn’t want a rear wing” above a wide diffuser. Rear wings were first seen at the Le Mans 24 Hours on the Chaparral 2F which contested the race in 1967, meaning this is the first time their use has been questioned in more than half-a-century. The 9X8’s innovative rear stems from research carried out by PEUGEOT Sport’s engineering team as they worked to ensure the model was as aerodynamic as possible, whilst maintaining an eye-catching style.




According to Peugeot the 9X8 has a rear-mounted, 2.6-litre, bi-turbo, 500kW (680hp), 90-degree V6 – the internal-combustion engine part of the PEUGEOT HYBRID4 500kW powertrain – has been clocking up miles since April. The front-mounted 200kW motor-generator unit, seven-speed sequential gearbox and battery are in the process of being assembled, keeping with the bench-testing validation schedule. The powerful, technologically-sophisticated, high-voltage (900 volts), high-density battery is being co-developed by PEUGEOT Sport and Saft, a subsidiary of TotalEnergies.


PEUGEOT has also released a series of reactions and endorsements from drivers as follows:


In the drivers’ own words…

Paul DI RESTA – Scotland / 35 / former Formula 1 driver / 2010 DTM Champion: “Everyone wondered what the Hypercars would look like and now they’re here. The 9X8’s aggressive, innovative stance and strong brand identity are a big surprise.”

Loïc DUVAL – France / 39 / 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours winner / 2013 World Endurance Champion: “There are cars that you look at and say they’re nice from the three-quarters front view, say, or from the side, from the front or from the back. The 9X8 looks terrific from every angle!”

Mikkel JENSEN – Denmark / 26 / endurance racing driver / 2019 ELMS LMP3 Champion: “The 9X8’s lines are very different to those that have been unveiled or hinted at in recent months. It will be a historic moment if we succeed in winning with this car because nothing in this style has ever been attempted before.”

Kevin MAGNUSSEN – Denmark / 28 / former Formula 1 driver / IMSA endurance racing driver: “There’s been nothing like it before. It really looks like the future of racing. It’s the first time so much work has gone into a racing car’s actual design. The absence of a rear wing was as a huge surprise. It feels like the beginning of a new era.”

Gustavo MENEZES – United States / 26 / World Endurance Championship driver / 2016 LMP2 Le Mans 24 Hours winner / 2016 LMP2 World Champion: “The 9X8 signals the beginning of a new chapter in motor racing. These past 10 or so years have been marked by LMP1 prototypes. It was time to invent an iconic future with the 9X8.”

James ROSSITER – Great Britain / 37 / former Formula 1, ALMS and Super GT driver: “I really wasn’t expecting this much creativity. Its design is really disruptive. PEUGEOT’s Hypercar has pushed the envelope.”