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Fans were shocked at the arrival of the WINGLESS Peugeot 9x8

Fans were shocked at the arrival of the WINGLESS Peugeot 9x8

Peugeot has recently revealed the aero concept of its brand new Le Mans Hypercar that will compete in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship and at the elusive 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car, named the 9×8, is powered by a 2.6-litre twin-turbo V6 engine, with a 900V battery built by Saft. It will output around 500KW of power, which is around 670HP. The car was unveiled to the world with a striking aerodynamic concept that reminds many of the ground effect era of Formula 1 in the late 1970s.

The car will compete against ByKolles, Ferrari, Peugeot, Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus and the winner of the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota.

With the details out of the way, one question is still begging to be answered, How can this car work with NO rear wing?

To put it simply, the new LMH regulations state that the upper limit of downforce is to not exceed a limit of 5.2 Units. This means that Peugeot has got away with no rear wing, and instead of replacing it with a huge diffuser, stretching from just after the midpoint of the floor, right to the back.

‘It is a combination of ground effect and upper rear bodywork that has been worked out in a bit of a different way compared to the old LMP1,’ Oliver Jansonnie confirmed. ‘With the new LMH regulations, there is a lot more freedom on many things. The underfloor is freer and with the upper bodywork there is more freedom plus there is an upper limit on the downforce, and how much we are allowed to generate and we felt that was achievable without the rear wing.’

So, what can we expect from Peugeot’s latest stab at Le Mans, a groundbreaking design, or a huge failure? Well, there’s only one way to find out, see you in 2022!

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