It'll have 671 bhp and have an electrically powered front axle.
Peugeot announces a return to endurance racing at Le Mans for 2022 in the new Hypercar class. Given the rule to produce at least 25 road-going vehicles using the racing powerplant, this means the motoring world can look forward to seeing a French high-performance machine on the street, in addition to the track.
The new Peugeot hypercar doesn't yet have an official name. The company is developing the vehicle in-house at its motorsport headquarters in Paris. "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," Olivier Jansonnie, Technical Director of the Peugeot Sport WEC program, said in the announcement.
Peugeot says that it's crafting the shape of the hypercar in the wind tunnel, which suggests a form-follows-function design ethos. The released images show a low-slung vehicle with prominent wings/fenders. A fin runs down the back. Three vertical headlights and taillights contribute to a cohesive look at the front and rear.
There still aren't many mechanical details available about the Peugeot hypercar. The company's announcement says that the vehicle has 671 bhp (500 kW). Of this, the rules stipulate that there be an electrically driven front axle with an output of 268 bhp (200 kilowatts).
More hypercars for Le Mans:
- SCG 007C Le Mans racer to be powered by twin-turbo V8 engine
- Lamborghini studying Le Mans hypercar class entry for 2021
In terms of the road car, the regulations stipulate that a company needs to produce 25 production vehicles using the same power unit as the racer within two years of its competitive debut. Although, it doesn't need to be the exact same car as the one on track.