Peugeot Sport and Marelli to partner on 9X8 Hypercar powertrain

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Peugeot Sport has signed a multi-year agreement with Marelli to collaborate on development of a hybrid powertrain system for the Peugeot 9X8 Hypercar that will compete from 2022 in the World Endurance Championship (WEC).

“We are delighted to welcome Marelli on board the Peugeot 9X8 project,” noted Olivier Janssonie, technical director of the WEC program at Peugeot Sport. “This project is a fantastic opportunity to combine our skills and to design, test and race together on the track a new innovative and performant electrical motor that will drive the 9X8 to success.”

The joint development project will see Marelli provide the engineering and supply of the bespoke electric motor and silicon carbide-based inverter, which form part of the front axle electric traction system.

The focus of the two companies’ technology partnership is to maximize the efficiency and the reliability of the powertrain system, adapting the motor and inverter technology to make effective use of the weight and volume allocated by the team.

“We are excited for this new collaboration with Peugeot Sport” said Riccardo De Filippi, head of marelli motorsport. “Once more we put all our competences together to push the performance of such a unique and extreme car to the limit in a sustainable way, with the adoption of the most advanced Marelli electric powertrain technology.”

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