After a long hiatus from top-tier prototype racing, French manufacturer Peugeot will once again battle for the top spot, starting in 2022. The plan is to team up with successful Swiss privateer Rebellion Racing, a joint effort that will give Toyota, Aston Martin andall other top class contenders a run for their money during the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
Peugeot Sport won back-to-back 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992 and 1993 with the V-10-powered 905, taking home another trophy in 2009 with the diesel-hybrid 908 HDi FAP. The 908 kept racing until the end of the 2011 season, leaving Audi to compete at the top level with only Toyota among OEM entries.
Rebellion Racing debuted in the LMP1 class in 2011, bravely campaigning Toyota-powered Lola prototypes against factory efforts from the likes of Toyota, Audi, and eventually Porsche. Throughout the decade, the Swiss team has evolved into the most successful privateer entry in the World Endurance Championship, scoring a number of victories at Petit Le Mans along the way. Recognizing their capabilities, Peugeot will now re-enter the big leagues with Rebellion for the 2022 WEC season, hoping to get the most out of their hybrid technology in WEC’s new Hypercar class.
If Peugeot-Rebellion’s next endurance prototype looks anything like this render in 2022, we’ll cheer even louder.