Peugeot Sport has announced its entry into the World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) in 2022 with two cars. The HYPERCAR 9X8 development program is continuing at the Aragon circuit in Spain.
The two Peugeot 9X8s will wear bibs 93 and 94 in 2022, but it is not yet known on which race of the 2022 calendar we will see them start.
The Peugeot 9X8s continue their tests
The Peugeot TotalEnergies team’s busy program for 2022 is based on its continuous development work and its commitment not only to world-class endurance racing, but also to sustainable mobility.
Revealed last July, the 9X8 must indeed face an intensive schedule of track tests before competing in the rounds of the World Endurance Championship, thus marking the return of the Lion to the discipline which saw it win the 24 Hours. Le Mans with the 905 and 908. This time, it will compete in the LM Hypercar category.
The Peugeot Sport test roadmap
– April 2021: first bench test of the twin-turbo V6 engine,
– November 2021: first bench test of the 200 kW motor-generator unit of the 9X8,
– December 2021: assembly and bench test of the complete powertrain in four-wheel drive mode,
– End of December 2021: first outing on the track.
The car’s development program is ramping up further in 2022, both in the simulator and through monthly on-track testing that will see the 9X8 evolve from a fledgling prototype to a competitive and reliable race car, complete with its own specs… and still no rear wing.
“This configuration is authorized by the ACO/FIA regulations on hypercars”, explains Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the WEC program at PEUGEOT Sport. “Our calculations and work in the wind tunnel have confirmed the relevance of our decision to run without a rear wing. different characteristics.”
The engineers, mechanics and drivers of Team Peugeot TotalEnergies are focused on this substantive work which will lead to a request for approval of the PEUGEOT 9X8 from the governing body of the discipline. As this document is valid until 2025, it is essential that the car’s specifications be fixed in a form that allows it to compete with the other prestigious brands that it will face at Le Mans and in the World Endurance Championship of the FIA.