Peugeot confirm Sebring absence as they continue 9X8 development

Team Peugeot TotalEnergies has confirmed their absence at the 1000 Miles of Sebring as they finalise the 9X8 development and testing process.

The French manufacturer has completed most of the necessary development and testing for their 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar.

It will feature a V6 bi-turbo petrol electric hybrid powertrain, with a maximum of two cars set to compete in the 10th season of the WEC.

They will not attend the opening round at Sebring and will aim for the following Spa-Francorchamps round – which precedes Le Mans.

With several track and simulator tests to conduct, Peugeot continue to finalise their work before their 9X8 has been fully homologated for their debut.

“This configuration is permitted by the ACO/FIA hypercar regulations,” said Olivier Jansonnie, the Technical Director of Peugeot Sport’s WEC programme.

“Our calculations and wind tunnel work have confirmed the pertinence of our decision to run without a rear wing (instead winglets above the rear arches).

“Along with the developments and settings this option calls for, we expect it to be validated as we test at different circuits with differing characteristics.”

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Other aerodynamic features include front dive planes and a triangular-shaped intake.

With regards to the bench-testing process of the LMH, dyno testing of the bi-turbo engine began in April last year.

In November 2021, the first bench test of the 9X8’s 200kW motor-generator unit was conducted – which will form part of the hybrid powertrain.

A month afterwards, the assembly and bench test of the complete powertrain in four-wheel drive mode took place. A maiden track run followed in December.

The French automotive earned two victories at the Le Mans 24 Hours in their 905 and 908 cars which spanned three wins in 1992, 1993 (Group C) and 2009 (LMP1).

After 11 years out of the discipline, they will assess the decision to challenge Alpine, Glickenhaus, and Toyota for an overall Le Mans win this year.