Peugeot has taken the wraps off its futuristic L500 R Hybrid concept to mark the 100th Anniversary of the brand’s Indy 500 win in 1916.
Driven by Dario Resta, the Peugeot L45 won the mythical Indianapolis 500 race at an average speed of 135km/h.
One hundred years later, the Peugeot L500 R Hybrid is created as a tribute to the L45 and is capable of reaching 100km/h from a standstill in just 2.5 seconds, and takes just 19 seconds to cover 1,000m.
Developed by Peugeot Sport teams, the 368kW (500-bhp) plug-in hybrid petrol powertrain features two electric motors (one front and one rear) plus a 199kW (270 hp) petrol engine, yielding peak torque of 730 Nm.
Style-wise, the sleek lines run from the lion badge on the radiator grille toward the driver to end in a streamlined rear feature (a nod to the car’s century-old ancestor) highlighting the three distinctive rear lamp claws that form part of Peugeot’s design identity today.
According to Peugeot, the L500 R HYbrid racing car is designed to be one with its driver, where driving sensations are amplified by a driver compartment deliberately designed to form an individual floating capsule enclosed in the bodywork.
Through a prospective 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 relentless quest for aerodynamic, the Peugeot 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.