Peugeot Unveils Hybrid Sportscar for 2022

Peugeot has unveiled its racing sportscar hybrid drawing on its long experience of endurance racing competing in the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours.

Its new 9X8 is said to take its inspiration from two cars of two different generations: the 905, with a V10 gasoline engine in 1992 and 1993, and the 908 with a V12 HDi-FAP engine in 2009. Once again, it is with the technology used that the PEUGEOT 9X8 marks the beginning of a new era.

For its four-wheel drive drivetrain and hybrid powertrain, the 9X8 has similarities with several models in the road-going Peugeot range, such as the 3008 or the 508. It combines a V6 2.6-liter twin-turbocharged 675bhp internal combustion engine at the rear with a 266bhp electric motor/generator in the front.

Another distinctive sign of the automaker’s is the 9X8’s cabin which is based on the marque’s characteristic i-Cockpit concept. Just as for a series model project, the driver is made to must feel as though he or she is operating a Peugeot product boasting focused ergonomics and intuitive controls.

Olivier Jansonnie, technical director for the project, said: “With the 9X8, Peugeot is starting a new chapter in hybrid sports cars. Performance is becoming more electric and more virtuous, without sacrificing anything in terms of competitiveness. Endurance racing is based on rules that allow us to demonstrate Peugeot’s expertise across all electric powertrains.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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