Peugeot pays an homage to the Indy 500 with the L500 R HYbrid

In 1916, the Indy 500 was won by a Peugeot, the L45, driven by the Italo-British racer Dario Resta. One hundred years later, Peugeot pays an homage to that car with a hybrid concept, the L500 R HYbrid.

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The car weighs only 1,000 kg, is only 1 m tall and has a powertrain that provides it with 368 kW (500 ps), hence its name. The powertrain comes from the 308 R HYbrid and it uses two electric engines, one for each axle, mated to the internal combustion engine, the 1.6 THP turbocharged petrol engine. While the THP delivers 200 kW (270 ps), each of the electric engines provide 85 kW (115 ps), reaching the total power that names the concept.

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The 3 engines also give the one-seater 730 Nm of torque. These numbers translate into an acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 s and 19 s to run 1,000 m.

It will surely never reach production, but the L500 R HYbrid is an interesting exercise. It is what a 308 R HYbrid would be in case it could tell all passengers to take a hike. This is a driver’s car. And driver’s only.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.