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16/12/2020 Press release

TOTAL & PEUGEOT SPORT : Pioneering performance again

TOTAL WEC program in Le Mans Hypercar, Powertrain reveal
TOTAL WEC program in Le Mans Hypercar, Powertrain reveal

Partners for 25 years, PEUGEOT Sport and TOTAL have released the main technical characteristics of the powertrain of their Hypercar LMH for the FIA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (FIA WEC). Their respective teams have pooled their experience and expertise in the fields of hybridization and world class motor racing to develop a powertrain (PEUGEOT HYBRID 4500 KW) in compliance with the new FIA WEC regulations.

INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE 100% BY PEUGEOT SPORT 

Peugeot Sport has leveraged its experience of endurance racing (V 12 and V 8 PEUGEOT 908 s) and that of PSA Motorsport in the FIA World Rally Championship (four cylinders) to develop a new 2.6 litre, twin turbo, 90 degree V6 Positioned behind the driver, this 500 kW 680 hp power plant will tip the scales at 165 kg and drive the rear wheels.

“The architecture of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW powertrain is the result of a highly detailed brief shaped by the new FIA WEC regulations,” notes François Coudrain PEUGEOT Sport’s WEC Programme Powertrain Director.“We initially considered a single turbo, but that would have prevented us from achieving our engine’s centre of gravity target. A twin turbo V6 block offers the best trade off between technology, weight packaging of the engine’s ancillaries, reliability and performance."

TOTAL-DEVELOPED LUBRICANTS

The cooling fluids and engine gearbox lubricants will play an important role in the competitiveness of PEUGEOT Sport’s Hypercar which will use prototypes tailored by Total for intensive use and long life across a wide range of temperatures. Total has also developed special greases and oils that are evolutions of formula derived from its experience in motorsport. Total engineer will attend races as an integral part of the team, to take and analyse samples and to monitor the status of the car’s assemblies over time.

ELECTRIC MOTORSPORT INSIDE

“The motor generator unit will be equipped with a lightweight high efficiency single speed transmission and a latest generation inverter to transfer battery power to the motor,” says François Coudrain.“It will have the capacity to use all the energy available in the battery instantly thanks to the powertrain’s energy management system strategies. PSA Motorsport’s experience of the WRC and Formula E will contribute to the development of the software employed to manage the computer and energy systems braking energy recovery, power under acceleration, anti lag system, reduced fuel consumption LMH POWERTRAIN"

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  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW
    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW
    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW

  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW
    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW
  • The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW
    The main features of the PEUGEOT HYBRID 4 500 KW