One hundred years ago, Dario Resta won the mythical Indianapolis 500 race with Peugeot L45, with average speed of 135 km/h. Now, Peugeot introduces Peugeot L500 R Hybrid concept car as futuristic interpretation of the Indy spirit to pay tribute to the great “Charlatans” team that brought Peugeot US three victories on the Indy 500 speedway from the year of 1913 to 1919.
Peugeot L500 R Hybrid aims to bring intense driving sensations, the low body hugs the asphalt to deliver full potential right from pullaway. The body features wide track and low profile (with only 1-meter high) design, the weigh is only 1,000kg, it needs just 2.5 seconds to reach 100km/h from standstill and less than 20 seconds to cover 1,000 meters. This impressive performance can be achieved thanks to Peugeot Sport teams. They have developed 500-bhp plug-in hybrid petrol powertrain with two electric motors (one front and one rear), also a 270 hp petrol engine, giving peak torque of 730Nm.
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Design wise, those sleek lines run from the lion badge on the radiator grille toward the driver to end in a streamlined rear feature. It highlights the 3 distinctive rear lamp claws as part of Peugeot’s design identity today. As a racing car, L500 R Hybrid has been one to work in harmony with the driver, the driving sensations are enhanced by the driver compartment that forms an individual floating capsule. Equipped with Peugeot i-Cockpit technology, the interior features a small steering wheel embedded in the structure with two holographic information displayed in dual disc screens.
Inspired by the original L45 two-seat design, Peugeot teams have come up with a single-seater that offers a virtual co-pilot. It creates real-time racing experience through a virtual reality headset.