Peugeot is returning to the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French automaker will build a hybrid-powered car to compete in the championship's newly introduced Hypercar category. The return to the series marks an end to the company's 10-year absence since financial troubles forced Peugeot to abandon sports car racing in 2012.
Above, Anthony Davidson piloting his Peugeot 908 at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Reduced costs are likely a huge factor in Peugeot's return. The new Hypercar class was designed to allow teams to compete while spending a fraction of what was required to develop top-level LMP1 cars in recent years. PSA Motorsport boss Jean-Marc Finot said back in 2017 that costs would be a major factor in the carmaker's decision on whether or not to come back to the series. The last time Peugeot raced in the WEC was 2011, and the last time it won Le Mans was 2009.
Proud to announce our participation in the world’s premier endurance racing championship WEC from 2022 with a Hybrid Power Hypercar. Stay tuned, more to come at the beginning of 2020! @peugeotsport pic.twitter.com/u3KqDkKA0G— Peugeot (@Peugeot) November 13, 2019
Not much is known about Peugeot's new car, other than that it'll be hybrid-powered. Sportscar365 reports the effort could be supported by veteran firms Oreca and Rebellion. Peugeot will join other Hypercar-class competitors from Aston Martin and Toyota, both of which have confirmed their entry into the series once the new regulations take effect.
The company says more info will be revealed come 2020. We're curious to see what it has in store.
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