Peugeot on Monday revealed the primary particulars of the hybrid powertrain for its FIA World Endurance Championship Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) class race automotive.
LMH is the brand new top-level class for the WEC, which incorporates the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans. LMH vehicles will race alongside the present LMP1 vehicles, with steadiness of efficiency guidelines to create parity and competitiveness. The distinguishing characteristic of LMH vehicles is that they are going to spawn street vehicles; producers should construct 25 vehicles utilizing the identical powertrain by the second yr of competitors.
In a press launch, Peugeot confirmed the Hybrid4 500KW identify for its powertrain, and a few fundamental specs. The powertrain consists of a mid-mounted, twin-turbocharged 2.6-liter V-6 gasoline engine and 7-speed sequential gearbox driving the rear wheels, and a front-mounted electrical motor-generator, giving the automotive all-wheel drive.
The V-6 makes 680 horsepower by itself, whereas the electrical motor produces 268 hp, in line with Peugeot. Energy output is essentially dictated by LMH-class guidelines, which additionally specify a minimal weight of two,270 kilos, and the way energy could be deployed.
Peugeot LMH powertrain
For instance, the principles cap output at 680 hp throughout most of a race, so the V-6 will usually be dialed again to 408 hp to go away some margin for the motor-generator. Nonetheless, the gasoline engine will have the ability to deploy full energy when the battery pack is drained, and is allowed a short lived bump to 700 hp on the finish of straights with an empty battery.
Electrical energy is saved in a 900-volt battery pack developed by Saft, a subsidiary of oil firm and Peugeot technical associate Whole. The pack is housed in a carbon casing behind the driving force, and beneath the gas tank.
Peugeot will skip subsequent yr’s inaugural season, which is able to see the Toyota GR Tremendous Sport and Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus 007 face off. The French automaker plans to start observe testing on the finish of 2021, with a watch towards getting into competitors in 2022. Meaning Peugeot’s street automotive will should be prepared by 2023 on the newest.
Peugeot has a protracted historical past at Le Mans, scoring its final general win in 2009 towards then-dominant Audi. The German automaker can be returning to endurance racing, albeit within the LMDh (Le Mans Daytona hybrid) class of the United States-based IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.