Peugeot Sport to join WEC with new hybrid-powered hypercar
Peugeot Sport has announced it will be joining the FIA World Endurance Championship, with a new hybrid-powered hypercar, from 2022.
Peugeot will enter the new top category of the WEC for hypercars from the 2022-2023 season. The car and more details of its programme is expected to be revealed next year.
The French automotive giant has a long and proven pedigree in endurance racing, winning the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans with its 908 HDi FAP diesel LMP1 machine.
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.”
Gérard 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.”