Peugeot is celebrating 100 years since the Peugeot L45 driven by Dario Resta won the mythical Indianapolis 500 race, at an average speed of 135 km/h on may 30th 1916. To mark this historic achievement, Peugeot unveils the L500 R Hybrid, a futuristic interpretation of the Indy spirit, dedicated to the Â“CharlatansÂ” team that brought Peugeot three US victories on the Indy 500 speedway from 1913 to 1919.
With its wide track, low profile (just one metre high) and light weight (1,000 kg), Peugeot L500 R HYbrid is capable of reaching 100 km/h from standstill in just 2.5 seconds, and it takes 19 seconds to cover 1000 metres. Developped by Peugeot Sport teams, the 500 bhp plug-in hybrid petrol powertrain features two electric motors (one front and one rear) plus a 270 hp petrol engine, yielding peak torque of 730 Nm.
Inside the concept, the Peugeot i-Cockpit technology takes a radical motorsport stance, with a small steering wheel embedded in the structure and two holograms showing information in dual disc displays. In their quest for aerodynamic, the design teams reinterpreted the original L45 two-seat architecture to produce a single seater that offers a virtual co-pilot an amplified real-time racing experience through a virtual reality headset.