► Peugeot returns to Le Mans under hypercar regs
► Won the race in 2009
► Looks like a modern 905
Peugeot has revealed more details about its return to Le Mans on the eve of this year’s heavily delayed endurance race. As expected, Peugeot’s entry will be based around the new-for-2022 hypercar category and will therefore rub shoulders with entries from Toyota and Glickenhaus. Aston Martin has pulled out for the moment, citing its recent financial troubles.
The new car will make 500kW or around 670bhp in total power and features four-wheel drive, though the front axle will be solely propelled by a capped 200kW electric power.
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What form that performance will take remains to be seen: Peugeot has released a couple of shadowy pictures of its new racer, but it does look promising. We do know the car will be heavier than what we’re used to from the LMP1 class, but it should look good; there’s definitely a hint of 905 Evo in the forthcoming car’s extruding rear spoiler.
‘Le Mans is the holy grail of the automobile world’, says Jean Philippe Imparato, Peugeot CEO. ’This category unites our entire company and all of our entities, with features and technologies similar to those of our production cars.'
‘To this date, we have confirmed part of the aerodynamic concept, the engine framework has been decided and we have chosen the functionality of the hybrid system and its fundamental design,’ said Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of the brand’s WEC program. ‘We still have several steps left before our debut in endurance in 2022, in studies, the production of prototypes and finally, affirmation on the bench and on the track.’