Peugeot joins forces with Rebellion for WEC and Le Mans 2022 hypercarby Dominic Tobin on 4th December 2019
Peugeot will join up with Rebellion when it returns to the World Endurance Championship grid from 2022 with a hybrid hypercar
Peugeot will link up with Rebellion for its 2022 WEC return Photo: Rebellion
Peugeot will return to sports car racing in a partnership with Rebellion, with a new hypercar to compete in the World Endurance Championship from 2022.
It marks the company’s return to endurance racing and Le Mans for the first time since 2012 when it cut its LMP1 programme just before that year’s season.
The company has already confirmed that it will be building a hybrid challenger under the new hypercar rules in a joint venture with Rebellion Racing.
After eight years out of the sport, Peugeot will be relying on Rebellion's experience of running top-level LMP1 cars in the current World Endurance Championship (WEC).
"Peugeot has been behind some endurance racing's most memorable moments, with both petrol and diesel power," said Peugeot CEO Jean-Phillipe Imparato. "Today, we are turning our attention to a new adventure founded on hybrid-electrified technology.
"We were delighted to see you warmly welcome to our participation in the series of Peugeot Sport Engineered cars. I am very enthusiastic about this program, especially as we are working in partnership with a major partner.
"Rebellion Corporation's passion, quest for perfection and performance credentials fit perfectly with Peugeot's own values, which are exacting standards, sharp design and emotion. "
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Toyota, Aston Martin and Glickenhaus have already confirmed that they will build hypercars for the 2020-21 season, when the new regulations are introduced.
Peugeot’s diesel-powered 908 competed between 2007 and 2011 and won the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2009.
But the project couldn’t escape a company-wide cost-cutting programme and was axed at the beginning of 2012, even though a car had already been developed for that season.
Peugeot cited the cost savings introduced by the hypercar rules, and the ability to race with hybrid units as reasons behind the decision to return.
"The changes that the FIA WEC is introducing fit now with the transition we are undergoing ourselves with the electrification of our range and the launch of high-performance products,” Imparato said.