On May 30, 1916, Peugeot won the legendary 'Indy 500 Mile Race' with their comet-like L45 race car. A century from this victory, the Peugeot L500R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo pays tribute to this champion of the past. The performance and passion of a Peugeot race car from the beginning of the 20th century is brought forward to the present with sculpted elegance and the latest in technology.
The outstanding feature of its styling is its incredibly low profile. Even the bulge for the cabin containing the driver is kept to a minimum, with a total height of only 1 m. The gradually narrowing tail is common with the century old L45, and ends in a streamlined rear feature highlighting the three distinctive rear lamp claws similar to that of the 3008, a part of Peugeot’s design identity today.
The cockpit around the driver utilises a near future user interface, with two holograms displaying a variety of information for the driver. And though the L500R is a single seater, the navigator that was necessary in the L45 is now replaced with a virtual navigator in this concept.
The powertrain features a 1.6 litre 4 cylinder turbocharged engine and two electric motors. The total output is 493 BHP, yielding a peak torque of 730 kgfm. Utilising the latest materials the car only weighs 1,000 kg, enabling an acceleration from 0-100 km/h in 2.5 seconds, covering 1,000 m in just 19 seconds.
In the world of motorsports, Peugeot has continued to perform not only in the Indy 500 but in many races all over the world, including races like the Le Mans, WRC and Rally Raids. This innovative machine connects their spirit and passion to the future.
From Peugeot, who brought you the ‘Peugeot Vision Gran Turismo’ in June 2015, two new machines have been unveiled: The ‘L500R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo’ and the ‘L750R HYbrid Vision Gran Turismo’.