There has been an ever-increasing number of new hypercars making their debut over the past few years, and they tend to all look largely the same due to aerodynamic and downforce requirements. But French automaker Peugeot has unveiled their first hypercar in the 9X8, and it definitely doesn’t look like anything we’ve seen before.
The Peugeot 9X8 hypercar sports a radical wingless design that doesn’t sacrifice performance for appearance. The designers wanted to create a race car without a wing for a cleaner design and better aerodynamics, and they’ve managed to do so — even if they won’t reveal quite how. In place of a spoiler, there’s a massive rear diffuser below the car’s dramatic “claw mark” taillights. Powering the all-wheel-drive 9X8 is a hybrid powertrain consisting of a rear-mounted, 2.6L, twin-turbo, 90-degree V6 engine along with a front-mounted 200kW electric motor, giving the car a total output of 680 horsepower. Classified as a Le Mans Hypercar, the Peugeot 9X8 will make its racing debut at the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022.