Peugeot is going to join FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022
Peugeot Sport has announced plans to return to the sportscar racing in 2022, eleven years after its last victorious season in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
The French manufacturer will join the grid of the FIA World Endurance Championship with a yet-to-be revealed hybrid-powered hypercar. More details on Peugeot Sport’s programme will be revealed in 2020, the year when hypercars will replace LMP1 prototypes.
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), commented: “Today’s announcement is exciting for two reasons. 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. 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.”
Gerard Neveu, CEO of the WEC, added: “What great news this is for everyone involved in endurance racing. Peugeot’s arrival in the new Hypercar category, alongside Aston Martin and Toyota, can only encourage more manufacturers to commit to the top level of endurance racing. We are so happy and honoured to welcome back a competitor and marque with such a great history of success as Peugeot has.”
PSA motorsport director Jean-Marc Finot said: “I am very excited at the prospect of channelling the skills and passion of my team into this project. It is a new challenge and I know our experts will rise to it with another demonstration of their will to win with teams financed by the [PSA] Group’s brands, fuelled by their long experience of top-flight FIA championships and hunger for success.”