Peugeot 9×8: Without rear wing to the LE-MANS victory?

Peugeot 9x8: Without rear wing to the LE-MANS victory?-le-mans

Peugeot presented his new Hypercar “9×8”. The hybrid racer with four-wheel drive is to give 2022 its debut in the long-distance World Cup (FIA WEC), it says in a communication of the company. Special feature: Unlike the entire competition, the LOwen athlete is dispensed with a rear wing.

The Peugeot 9×8 is the direct successor of the 905, which won the 24-hour races of Le Mans in 1992 and 1993 – and the 908, which decided the French classic in 2009. The new prototype has a 2.6-liter biturbo built in the rear. In addition, an electric motor drives with 200 kW, which is fed from a 900 volt high power battery. The “9” continues the series of long-range racing cars, the “X” refers to all-wheel technology and hybrid drive – and the “8” stands for all current model designations of Peugeot.

The new category of Le Mans Hypercars (LMH), which starts succession of the former LMP1 vehicles, allows great technical freedoms in matters of aerodynamics. This required a radical rethinking of the ingenia and designers. “The original sketch is a big cat ready to bump,” says Peugeot-Design-Director Matthias Hossann.

The claw-like light signatures of the 9×8 on front and rear are well-known trademarks of Peugeot. The cockpit is no longer only purely functional, but should be recognizable immediately as a design of the LOwenmark. Above the wide diffuser is the saying: “We didn’t Want a Rear Wing” (we did not want a rear wing). The aerodynamic aid was first used in 1967 in Le Mans at Chaparral 2F. More than half a century later the use is called into question.

“The regulations describe that only one adjustable aerodynamic device is allowed without specifying the rear wing,” says Olivier Jansonne, technical director of the WEC program at Peugeot Sport. “Our calculations and simulations revealed that high performance is effective without any one possible.”That’s a big, innovative step, says Stellantis Motorsport boss Jean-Marc Finot. “We have reached a degree of aerodynamic efficiency, which allows us to do without this detail. But do not ask how! We intend to keep that secret as long as possible.”

“Our goal with regard to the energy requirement is the absolute reliability and control,” says Finot. Le Mans had become a 24-hour spray race, which can be obtained or lost through the number of pit stops. “The extraordinary energy efficiency of the new hypercars is a harbinger of what we will soon see in the world of series cars.”

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