Rebellion R13 Gibson #1. 2019 FIA WEC Shanghai. Image: Kelvin Pope for

After 13 years in motor sport the Swiss watch maker has called time on its Racing activities post this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rebellion Racing has been one of the major players in endurance racing since the creation of the FIA Championship in 2012, and one of the only private teams to have challenged the domination of official manufacturers.

“Motorsport has been a great resource for Rebellion.” said Alexandre Pesci, President of REBELLION Corporation. “The circuits have been exceptional showcases and an important sounding board for our Brand with a very wide audience.”

#31 VAILLANTE REBELLION / CHE / Oreca 07 – Gibson / Julien Canal (FRA) / Nicolas Prost (FRA) / Bruno Senna (BRA) – WEC 6 Hours of Shanghai – Shanghai International Circuit – Shanghai – China

The team has been victorious in both LMP1 and LMP2 categories in the World Endurance Championship and this year also tackled the dunes of the Dakar. Rebellion Racing will stop all its racing activities after a final appearance at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, eventually turning its attention to other challenges with the desire to put its rebellious DNA at the heart of new challenges.

The effects of this decision will be immediate for the Racing team as soon as the WEC season ends.

“The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 will be our last race and we will make it a point of honour to end the endurance adventure on a positive note and enrich an already excellent record of achievements.” added Calim Boudhadra, CEO of Rebellion Corporation. 

Rebellion’s departure immediately throws a level of doubt on the recently announced Peugeot Hypercar program of which the Swiss flagged team were to be a partner. However, the French carmaker was quick to react to the Swiss team’s announcement: “We are currently in the initial technical construction phase of the project and note Rebellion’s decision, which will require us to modify the organisation of our operational system by 2022. This does not call into question Peugeot’s FIA WEC programme.

“We are enthusiastically pursuing our FIA WEC commitment, in a refocused organisation with our partner Total Racing, to design a car that will be the pride of the Peugeot Marque, in perfect harmony with its energy transition.”