Peugeot is confident that their new 9X8 Le Mans Hypercar won’t need a rear wing for racing in the World Endurance Championship next year.
Olivier Jansonnie, director of the WEC program for Peugeot, said the team is “100 percent confident that the car will start testing without the rear wing,” and that there’s a small possibility they will have to revise their aerodynamics.
“You have to correlate what you do in the calculation – in computational fluid dynamics and in the wind tunnel – and what you do on the track.
“This is the final piece of the puzzle that is missing, but hopefully our simulations are right and we will go racing like this.
“There is a small possibility that something doesn’t work, this can always happen, but we are sufficiently confident that this is going to be the concept we race.”
Despite his comments, Jansonnie said they would make changes if necessary.
“If at any point we find that it is not the right direction, we are sufficiently experienced to change our mind and revise our opinion,” he explained.
“We have sufficient humility to understand that you need to test to prove that the new ideas are correct.
“Reading the regulations and trying to analyze their potential we found that we could achieve the correct levels of downforce and drag without a rear wing.
“We started talking to our designers [stylists] and they said it was very interesting and we started to move in this direction.”