Peugeot has introduced additional pictures of its 9X8 hybrid racing machine for the Le Mans 24 Hrs and Earth Endurance Championship (WEC), taken versus a background of Brutalist architecture by photographer Agnieszka Doroszewicz.

Before Christmas, the French manufacturer posted the to start with image of the 9X8 on monitor on its social media channels, and it appeared to be sporting a compact rear wing. It is not yet verified no matter if the car will race with or without having rear aerodynamics, but the most up-to-date set of photographs when once again present it without having a wing, and this is thought to be the path the programme is heading in.

According to technological director Olivier Jansonnie: “Our calculations and wind-tunnel work have verified the pertinence of our conclusion to operate without having a rear wing. Alongside with the developments and configurations this solution phone calls for, we assume it to be validated as we test at different circuits with differing characteristics.”

The 9X8 is a successor to each the 905 of the early ’90s and 908 of the late ’00s, each of which received at Le Mans. Peugeot has yet to validate exactly when the car will make its aggressive debut, but has now reported it won’t be in Florida for the curtain-raising one,000 Miles of Sebring on 18 March. Outside of that, the only official word from the maker is that the pair of 9X8s “will make their maiden race appearance in the program of the period”.

Organisers have reported Peugeot have to enter at minimum just one occasion just before the Le Mans 24 Hrs in June, so the Spa 6 Hrs on one May possibly is a additional probably applicant for the 9X8’s to start with appearance, if it truly is to contest Le Mans this year. Alternatively, Peugeot could elect to force the car’s Le Mans debut to 2023, and in its place enter WEC races in the latter half of 2022 as planning.

Stellantis motorsport director Jean-Marc Finot reported: “The 9X8 will make its race debut primarily based on its level of readiness, dependability and competitiveness as agreed with the championship’s organisers, who we are going to keep regularly up to date as our improvement programme progresses.”

Commenting on the car’s distinctive styling, Peugeot layout director Matthias Hossan reported: “Considering that the 9X8 is a Peugeot, the primary sketch that steered our work portrayed a significant cat prepared to pounce – a stance that we have advised by the slightly ahead-tilting cockpit. The general lines specific the brand’s styling cues, although its smooth, racy, tasteful types inspire emotion and dynamism.”An exertion was also built to replicate the glance of the Peugeot ‘i-Cockpit’ dashboard layout inside of the 9X8 – an place of racing autos which till now tended to be purely useful instead than intentionally styled.

Under the bodywork, the 9X8 is run by a rear-mounted, two.six-litre, twin-turbo, 671bhp petrol V6 motor, put together with a front-mounted 268bhp electrical motor and a seven-speed sequential gearbox.Peugeot’s Hypercar driving squad, which was announced in late 2020, is made up of Paul di Resta, Loic Duval, Mikkel Jensen, Kevin Magnussen, Gustavo Menezes and Jean-Eric Vergne, with James Rossiter serving as reserve and simulator driver.

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