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French automaker Peugeot has brought in a new concept called the L500 R HYbrid. According to the brand, it’s how Peugeot “sees the future of motorsport.” In addition to that, the concept is a tribute to the Peugeot L45 driven by Dario Re, that attained three Indy 500 victories from 1913 to 1919.

Design wise, the concept possesses sleek lines that run from the lion badge on the radiator grille to a streamlined rear end that resembles the century-old car. In the back, there are three distinctive rear lamp claws that are synonymous with Peugeot’s design identity.

Elsewhere, the concept also features some of the brand’s present-day design identity features, including the front light signature, which can be seen on the second-generation 3008. As for the colour, it is painted in a blue and black colour scheme as a reference to the original L45.

Inside, the L500 R HYbrid is featured with a holographic i-Cockpit. The driver compartment is engineered to form an “individual floating capsule” within the bodywork. The interior includes a small steering wheel and a virtual reality headset, with two holograms showing info in dual disc displays.

Although just a concept, Peugeot details the L500 R HYbrid as having a wide track, low profile (just 1,000 mm high), and weight of just 1,000 kg. The plug-in hybrid concept has a 270-hp petrol engine and two electric motors (one in front and at the rear). Combined output is rated at 500 hp and 730 Nm of torque. It is said to take just 2.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h and 19 seconds to cover one kilometre.