Why the fierce Peugeot 9X8 is a revolutionary racing car

Why the fierce Peugeot 9X8 is a revolutionary racing car


Another of the star-studded squad, Loïc Duval, makes it clear that “there is less power than in the Prototype cars”. He explains: “Between that and the low power, I wondered if it might be like a big GT car to drive, but in the end, you drive like a model. Indeed, it is heavy, a little lazy to change direction [than an LMP1 car], but it’s really surprising how well 9X8 works. When you’re driving, you just don’t know he doesn’t have a rear wing.”

Q&A, Jean-Marc Finot, Senior Vice President, Stellantis Motorsport

Why did you choose LMH instead of LMDh?

“We went to LMH because at LMDh the only thing made by the manufacturer is the combustion engine. It is not very friendly. At LMH, we have all the freedom of technology: chassis, motorization, battery and 900V system. We are working on these topics and soon they will be used on our legal cars. The guy who now works on the 9X8 even worked on the 308. That’s why it’s important to us that you can see that it’s a Peugeot. We really use the spirit of the Hypercar principles [to the 9X8].”

Is 9X8 ready for a conversation?

“The car is where we want it and we are almost ready to freeze it. We have some final things to do in the wind tunnel and then we will submit the car to the FIA ​​for homologation. I hope we can race at Monza in the summer.

Another of the star-studded squad, Loïc Duval, makes it clear that “there is less power than in the Prototype cars”. He explains: “Between that and the downforce, I wondered if it might be like a big GT car to drive, but in the end, you drive like a model. Indeed, it is heavy, a little lazy to change direction [than an LMP1 car], but it’s really surprising how well 9X8 works. When you’re driving, you just don’t know he doesn’t have a rear wing.”

Q&A, Jean-Marc Finot, Senior Vice President, Stellantis Motorsport

Why did you choose LMH instead of LMDh?

“We went to LMH because at LMDh the only thing made by the manufacturer is the combustion engine. It is not very friendly. At LMH, we have all the freedom of technology: chassis, motorization, battery and 900V system. We are working on these topics and soon they will have an impact for our legal cars. The guy who now works on the 9X8 even worked on the 308. That’s why it’s important to us that you can see that it’s a Peugeot. We really use the spirit of the Hypercar principles [to the 9X8].”

Is 9X8 ready for a conversation?

“The car is where we want it and we are almost ready to freeze it. We have some final things to do in the wind tunnel and then we will submit the car to the FIA ​​for homologation. I hope we can race at Monza in the summer.