24 Hours of Le Mans – Peugeot specifies the roadmap for its 9X8


After a first test session which took place in December, Team Peugeot TotalEnergies is carrying out an intensive test campaign in January. The objectives of the French manufacturer are clear: to develop and to commit.
The team will continue its research and validation on the track in order to make the 9X8 a racing car, reliable and competitive, with its particular characteristics. Thus, the 9X8 still comes without rear fins. “The Hypercar ACO/FIA regulations authorize it”, recalls Olivier Jansonnie, Technical Director of the WEC program at Peugeot Sport. “Our calculation and wind tunnel studies have underlined the relevance of this choice. The driving sessions on different circuits, with various specificities, will have to validate this option, as well as the developments and adjustments that it requires”.

The development campaign currently being carried out by Team Peugeot TotalEnergies is essential, because when it is completed, the homologation of the 9X8 will be valid until 2025. The lion brand must therefore decide on the technical specificities of its Hypercar in order to then compete with the leading manufacturers at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and in the FIA ​​WEC.
A few days ago, the entry list for FIA WEC Season 10 was unveiled. On it are two Peugeot 9X8s, bearing the numbers #93 and #94. The #93 corresponds to the historic treble of the 905 at the 1993 24 Hours of Le Mans. The #94 logically follows

Jean-Marc Finot, Director of Stellantis Motorsport: “Team Peugeot TotalEnergies will not be at the start of the 2022 season, which starts at Sebring in March and includes six events. The arrival in the race will be linked to the maturity of the 9X8, its reliability and its competitiveness, and this in agreement with the organizer, who is regularly informed of the progress of the development programme. We could have opted for a piecemeal commitment, without registration for the year, which is possible but it has less consistency. We thus immerse the team in total immersion in the discipline allowing a more intense collaboration with the organizers, even if the 9X8s will not compete in all the races, given the development program and the homologation of the car”.

Find, below, photos of the Peugeot 9X8 in tests.

Also discover the Peugeot 9X8 in action, on the track, through the video below.

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