After a hiatus of several years, Peugeot declared its return to the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022. It did so with the 9X8, which was designed to take full advantage of the freedoms allowed by the new regulations for the Hypercar category. To celebrate this, LEGO builder Brick-A-Brac decided to pay tribute to the French marque with his own build of the 9X8 supercar. Made from 1320 parts, this 51-centimeter-long (20 inches) car comes with a staggering amount of detail, including every bit of branded graphic on the car’s body. With its sleek design, impressive size, and attention to detail, this Peugeot 9X8 model is a rare gem that will have LEGO enthusiasts and car aficionados buzzing with excitement.
The LEGO Ideas Peugeot 9X8 showcases Brick_A_Brac’s skill in capturing the essence of the original car. The model consists of 1,320 LEGO parts that recreate various components of the Peugeot 9X8, such as the unique headlights, the absence of the rear wing, and that oddly satisfying triangular air intake located on the roof. The build reflects the designer’s attention to detail and dedication to accurately portraying the racing car.
The 9X8 is Peugeot’s foray into hybrid hypercars. The original automobile comes equipped with a 680 hp twin-turbo 2.6L V6 mated to a 272 hp electric motor, all assembled in a 7-speed sequential gearbox. Pop open the 9X8’s rear and you’ll actually see the V6 engine right behind the cockpit. The cockpit also features a tiny gullwing door that lets you access the interiors, where you’ll see the driver’s seat and a tiny steering wheel to match!
The whopping half-a-meter-long size of the LEGO build isn’t too common, but it isn’t uncommon either. “I used the same scale as the other Lego endurance race cars (42039 24 Hours Race Car, 42096 Porsche 911 RSR and 42125 Ferrari 488 GTE),” says LEGO builder Brick_A_Brac. The 9X8 also measures 21 centimeters in width (8.2 inches), and 12 centimeters in height (4.7 inches).
It isn’t too often that we see a lot of Peugeot models on the LEGO Ideas forum, but this one stands out as a prime example of a well-made MOC (my own creation), garnering as many as 2,000 votes from the LEGO community. If it reaches 10,000 votes, the LEGO Ideas Peugeot 9X8 has the potential to be turned into an official retail box set, making it a coveted item for collectors and racing fans alike.