(Motorsport-Total.com) – Peugeot’s Hypercar 9X8 has recently his first race weekend in the World Endurance WEC Championship back, the French manufacturer may already consider expanding its Le Mans car fleet.
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In the medium term, more Peugeot 9X8 could be on the road
“If we get the opportunity to have more Peugeots on the grid, we will be very happy,” said Peugeot sporting director Jean-Marc Finot in an interview with international edition of ‘Motorsport.com’ clearly Finot says what exactly the program with more LMH prototypes from the lion brand should look like: “Everything is possible.”
Accordingly, one can imagine an increase in the factory force at Peugeot, provided that a solvent sponsor is available. However, it is also possible to sell cars to teams of interested customers. However, there is one condition for this.
“It’s a factory plan and that’s what we focus on. That doesn’t mean that if the customer was interested, we wouldn’t look at the case. But we have to be sure that the support that the customer would need is not. not the performance of the factory team or the factory software,” explains Finot.
Peugeot in LMP1 with the biggest squad
These statements represent a paradigm shift for the Peugeot hypercar program. So far, the French have always talked about a clean factory plan in relation to the 9X8. It is not yet clear when the customer vehicles will be available.
WEC 6h Monza 2022: Race highlights
Highlights from the 6 Hours of Monza, the fourth round of the 2022 World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Peugeot celebrated its WEC debut at the 6 Hours of Monza. Duval/Menezes/Rossiter in the #94 kept pace with the two Toyotas and the Alpine in the first third of the race, but eventually ended up 25 laps behind after problems.
Di Resta/Jensen/Vergne drives the #93 car, but struggled with numerous teething problems at Monza. The speed of the 9X8, however, was promising. In Italy, the dominant Glickenhaus was almost 1.6 seconds behind. Toyota and Alpine were less than a second away from the French hypercars.
Even in its final era in the top class of endurance racing, Peugeot made its car available to customer teams. In addition to the three factory-run 908 HDi FAPs, the privateer Peugeot LMP1 from Pescarolo Sport also started at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2010 and 2011, the Oreca team drove the Peugeot on long-distance tracks.