Peugeot L500R HYbrid concept
The Peugeot L500R Hybrid concept is the latest concept to come out of the french manufacturer’s mind. I’ve often said that the french have some of the BEST concept cars in the world (among others are the incredible Peugeot Onyx or the Peugeot Fractal… ring a bell?). Well, the Peugeot L500R concept is no exception. They always look insanely good, the pencil stroke is always right and spot on, it seems. The looks of this new concept do remind me of a slightly slimmer & athletic Onyx. While the latter seemed more like a heavyweight boxer in retrospective, this looks like an olympic sprinter. But don’t get me wrong: they’re both top of their art and both can take you down instantly.
The car was revealed at the Indianapolis 500 race. Why Indianapolis, you’d ask? Well, the fact is Peugeot has won the 500 miles race back in 1916 (as well as 1913 & 1919) behind the wheel of the L45. About 100 years later, the brand of the lion makes a comes back winking at the past with a futuristic machine bearing all their hybrid technology. The L500R is designed to be a race car, no doubt: ultra low (standing at just 1m of height), very agressive & aerodynamic shape. The three-tone colour of the car is pretty cool: black, blue & orange seem like a good fit.
The L500R concept weights about 1 ton and has a 270 bhp 1.6 THP engine (shared with the 308 GTi) associated with electric engines on both axles, giving it a total of 500 bhp and 730 Nm of torque. That’s quite nice for a hybrid concept. As far as performance goes: 0 to 100km/h in 2,5 seconds (that’s right there up supercar land). As I’ve also said in the past, it’s sad that french concept cars seem to remain concept cars. BUT, silver lining is that after the 308R HYbrid, the L500R Hybrid seems to be the flagship for Peugeot’s hybrid technology, and it truly shows their ambition in the matter. Based off all this, I can’t wait for more actual race cars, production models… or even limited-editions supercars… ? Who knows, one can dream (and I’m quite the dreamer).