Until Le Mans! Peugeot and LEGO come up with a 9X8 race car that everyone can have at home

Peugeot is one of the most successful racing teams in Le Mans 24h history, with three overall wins (1992, 1993 and 2009) in the world’s most demanding endurance race. Now he plans to conquer the La Sarthe circuit again, which is why the Peugeot Sport team has developed a completely new race car for the top class of LMH hypersports – how well they have adapted racing form will be seen this June.

However, you can save time waiting for the big races by building this special out of LEGO Technic kit bricks. The Peugeot 9X8 model is 1:10 scale (folded up so that it is 50 cm long, 20 cm wide and 13 cm high) and consists of 1775 parts, so you will enjoy hours of fun solving it and discovering the intricacies of construction not just LEGO models , but also the race car itself.

Photo: Peugeot Sport

He didn’t lack for speed on the race track, but the team still struggled a bit with reliability. Hopefully by twenty-four hours this year at Le Mans, he’ll be in true race form.

This model not only mimics the overall shape of the special circuit, which is done without the massive rear pressure wing, but also reproduces elements of the original car, such as hybrid drive, functional suspension, advanced aerodynamics or upward-opening doors. It adds impressive details like the V6 engine and glow-in-the-dark lighting elements that give the car a true racing dimension.

Photo: Peugeot Sport

The Peugeot 9X8 is a racer like no other, because it doesn’t have an ironing board-sized spoiler on the back.

Olivier Jansonnie, technical director of Peugeot Sport, provides interesting behind-the-scenes details on the realization of this model: “Our technical collaboration with the LEGO Group started in January 2022, which is five months before the presentation of the Peugeot 9X8. It took us a year to complete the project together with the technical and design teams and we were able to transfer the technical details of the Peugeot 9X8 right away to the LEGO Technic model. It is very important for both brands to create the most realistic models. The Peugeot, Peugeot Sport and LEGO teams have collaborated many times to perfect the development of suspension and hybrid systems, which cannot be taken from the photos alone.”

So either way, this is going to be one of the most raw and faithful models in the LEGO lineup, and for all fans of the Peugeot brand, motor racing, and cars in general, it’s almost a must to add it to your collection. Only problem maybe you can still fit there…

The LEGO Technic PEUGEOT 9X8 24H Le Mans Hybrid Hypercar kit will be available in stores on May 1 for around 200 euros, which is just over 4500 CZK.

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