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HYPERCAR 9X8

PEUGEOT has taken the wraps off the new 9X8, its latest-generation Hypercar challenger which is poised to make its competitive debut in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in 2022. Powered by a hybrid power unit that drives through all-wheel drive transmission, this hyper-efficient prototype fits perfectly with PEUGEOT’s Neo-Performance strategy which is geared to both its road and racing cars delivering responsible performance. The work of PEUGEOT SPORT’s engineering team and PEUGEOT Design dovetailed like never before to produce the 9X8.

The broad outline and aerodynamic concept of this PEUGEOT 9X8 was only unveiled after several months of hard work, jointly undertaken by development engineers led by Olivier Jansonnie, Technical Director of PEUGEOT Sport, and the team of designers led by Matthias Hossann, Head of PEUGEOT Design.

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The PEUGEOT 9X8 will follow in the footsteps of the brand's famous endurance models, the PEUGEOT 905 and PEUGEOT 908, winners of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992 and 1993, and in 2009 respectively. 

With the 9X8, Peugeot is rolling out a genuine brand project based on the concept of Neo-Performance, combining the ultimate in sports performance, technological know-how that can be transferred to production models, efficiency and design excellence.
The new Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) regulations, implemented by the FIA and the ACO to replace the top-level LMP1 category, have been influential in the brand adopting this approach. Offering greater flexibility in the treatment of aerodynamic surfaces, the regulations encouraged a radically different way of thinking and the design of innovative cars, more open to the input of the design teams. Engineers and designers alike have grabbed this opportunity to invent new creation processes, breaking the mould and create a PEUGEOT Hypercar that is set to establish a totally new genre.
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As regards its name, the first 9 represents the Brand’s extreme racing cars, such as PEUGEOT’s Endurance models, the 905 (1990-1993) and the 908 (2007-2011), two of the manufacturer’s iconic machines.

The X evokes the all-wheel-drive (four-wheel drive) and hybrid power technologies that feature on the new PEUGEOT Hypercar, which sees the Brand’s electrification strategy extended further in a racing setting.

As regards the 8, this is the figure that is ever-present on all contemporary PEUGEOT models: the 208 and 2008, 308, 3008, 5008, and of course the 508, which has recently passed through the hands of the same team of engineers and designers as the Hypercar, to become the first model to bear the Peugeot Sport Engineered label.

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