The Peugeot Le Mans project officially starts here! In this film we reveal the category and exclusive design drafts for Peugeot Sport’s electrified return to Endurance racing in 2022.
As a part of the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Peugeot and Total are officially kicking off their Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) project. A new regulation which foreshadows a new era for the top tier endurance category, one which embodies the energizing transition of the two companies.
“Le Mans is the holy grail of the automobile world,” said Jean Philippe Imparato, Peugeot brand CEO. “It is the race who determines its winner. For us, this represents three victories but also the endless sweat, tears and joy and an incredible team spirit with Total, with whom we celebrate this year, 25 years of collaboration.”
The choice of the LMH category was dictated by several criteria, one being that of a certain aerodynamic freedom. This makes it possible to incorporate, with the support of Peugeot Design, the aesthetic detail of the brand.
This collaboration has already started and makes it possible, in the event of this 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020, to draft sketches and reveal the first conceptions of design and incarnate the fundamental required elements, particularly in terms of dimensions.
Peugeot, in association with Total, has therefore begun the development of the electric hybrid hypercar, whose iconic design will declare “Neo Performance”. It will reach 500 kW power and be 4-wheel drive.
After having launched the various phases of studies for the general structure, the aerodynamic concept and the choice of engine architecture, comes the final decision of the electrical framework, and then that of the conception of the hybrid traction chain. All of the Peugeot Sport technical departments are involved in these development phases.
Peugeot Sport therefore taking a new turn towards reinforced energy, reinforced by the launch of its Peugeot Sport Engineered hybrid high-performance road line, led by the new Peugeot 508.
Jean Todt, FIA President said on the occasion, “Welcome back to Peugeot to the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Le Mans Hypercar Project.
“It is excellent news for the sustainability of this discipline and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Peugeot and I have a common history, it reminds me of good memories. I wish them the best for the future.”
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