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Peugeot Sport has announced plans to return to endurance racing in 2022 by joining the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) with a yet-to-be revealed hybrid-powered hypercar.
The French marque intends to contest the full 2022/23 WEC schedule including Le Mans, where it won the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours with its 908 HDi FAP diesel LMP1 machine. Peugeot will enter the new top category of the WEC for hypercars from the 2022-2023 season and will reveal more details on its program in 2020.
“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,” said Pierre Fillon, president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO).
“[This announcement] symbolizes both the arrival of a new competitor in the Hypercar category, as well as the return of a leading brand in Endurance racing. 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 honored to welcome back a competitor and marque with such a great history of success as Peugeot has.”