Peugeot Sport has confirmed the initial technical details of their upcoming Le Mans Hypercar entry in the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship.
Their 508 LMH car will return to Le Mans and the WEC’s top-tier category after last competing in the LMP1 category in 2014, but have participated successfully before that too.
Towards the end of the 2000s, they fought for Le Mans wins (claiming three – two in Group Cs and one in 2009 with an LMP1) against the likes of Audi, with a notable defeat to their winning efforts in 2010.
Peugeot, in their 25-year-long collaboration with TOTAL, will make their comeback to Le Mans at what the Peugeot brand CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato, defines as the “holy grail of the automobile world.”
According to the Technical Director of the Peugeot Sport WEC program, Olivier Jansonnie, “the car will be 4-wheel drive, equipped – as required by the regulations – with an electric motor and a maximum power of 200 kW on the front axle.”
The manufacturer will attempt to synergise the technology into their performance road-cars, like their 508 featuring 360 horsepower, 4-wheel drive and producing 46g of C02 in the name of efficiency.
“The TOTAL power level will be identical to that of a 100% thermal 2-wheel drive car (500kW or approx. 680hp) that will be distributed between the 2 axles.”
The LMH car itself will be heavier in comparison to the current LMP1 runners, so as to be on par with their road vehicles.
Their LMH will also be longer (5m ald 4.65m) and wider (at 2m ald 1m90).
He continued: “This regulation is also different because it incorporates a performance balance (BoP – Balance of Performance, to be implemented upon arrival of LMH category).
“It certainly sets limits, but also allows room for many technical possibilities in our development, specifically on the general shape, as long as a certain overall aerodynamic efficiency is not exceeded.
“This will be measured in a 1:1 scale wind tunnel and which will be part of the BoP.
“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.
“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.”
Peugeot’s Design Director, Matthias Hossann, stated the current details in that department:
“The look of the vehicles will no longer only be the result of the wind tunnel sessions, we will have a dedicated space to create a unique, iconic product, combining performance and expressiveness.
“We intend to make the most of the wiggle room offered and we are very excited about this project!
“We are currently in the pre-project stage, that of studies and conception.
“We have discussed different regulation possibilities with the PEUGEOT Sport teams to assure that we are fully aware of that is allowed and what is not.
These sketches (seen above) are the first design drafts intended to help us identify the important segments on which we should focus on.
“The three claw marks and the colours are symbols that we wish to produce on our hypercar.
“Our signature found in the light impressions are part of the strong identity emblems present on our production vehicles and that we wish to reproduce in the race.