Peugeot opens the door to supply customers with the 9X8

Peugeot opens the door to supply customers with the 9X8

Alongside the debut of the brand’s new hypercar during the 6 Hours of Monza Last weekend, Jean-Marc Finot, director of Stellantis Motorsport, revealed that Peugeot was ready to listen to the interests of private teams that would like to run one or more 9X8s in the future.

“If we have the opportunity to have more Peugeots on the grid, we will be very happy,” announced the one who manages competition within the Stellantis group, of which Peugeot is a part.

He noted that it could be a sponsor wanting to support the entry of an additional car in the 24 Hours of Le Mans or an independent team wanting to field a car for the entire season.

“It’s a factory plan and we’re considering that, but that doesn’t mean that if the customer is interested we won’t be.” he continued. “But we need to be sure that the support that would be needed for the customer will not harm the performance of the factory team or the factory program. Anything is possible.”

Jean-Marc Finot explained that so far there has been no discussion of the distribution of customer cars and he did not set a schedule in this regard. His comments, however, mark a change of position on the part of Peugeot, which has always presented the 9X8 as reserved for the factory program. On the other hand, he ruled out the possibility of presenting a third works car at Le Mans next year, unless there is a partnership with an external sponsor.

Peugeot has already produced customer cars during its previous Endurance campaign, with two generations of its 908 LMP1 at the time. The 908 HDi was assigned to Pescarolo Sport for the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, then to ORECA in 2010 and 2011. Competing in Le Mans and the Le Mans Series in 2010, Hugues de Chaunac’s team won the race, then ran a mixed programme. the following season. The French team won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011 with a V12 car while the second-generation 908s, equipped with a V8 engine, had problems in their first race.

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