Peugeot Sport has today announced via twitter that they will be joining the FIA World Endurance Championship with a yet-to-be revealed hybrid-powered hypercar.
The French automotive giant has a long and proven pedigree in endurance racing, and most recently won the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans with its 908 HDi FAP diesel LMP1 machine.
“Today’s announcement is exciting for two reasons.” said Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO). “It symbolises both the arrival of a new competitor in the Hypercar category which will come into being from the start of next season, as well as the return of a leading brand in Endurance racing.”
Gérard Neveu, CEO of the WEC, added: “What great news this is for everyone involved in endurance racing. We are confident that their intention to compete in our new Hypercar category, alongside Aston Martin and Toyota, will encourage more manufacturers to commit to endurance racing.
Fillion continued: “Peugeot has made history in terms of endurance racing and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, winning the event certainly, but also always producing spectacular machines, particularly appreciated by spectators.
“I can’t wait to see the French racing car that will take over from the winning 905 and 908.”
It should be noted that both the rule-set and the Sporting Regulations are still yet to be released for the WEC’s new premier category, thus Peugeot’s decision to wait until 2022/23 and watch the results of their rivals could be viewed as wise rather than conservative (although it’s also clear they are eyeing a French win for the Centenary race). The French team will reveal more details of its programme in 2020.