Peugeot was last seen racing at Le Mans in 2011 but now they’re roaring back onto the track.
The program will kick off in 2022. Per WEC requirements, the racecar will be a hybrid but Peugeot and Rebellion Racing have yet to reveal any details of their car’s powertrain.
Next month, Peugeot says the technical team will define the “main lines” of the project. Concurrently, Peugeot Sport and Rebellion Racing will put the team together.
Watching Peugeot’s hypercar on the track is one thing. Seeing one on the road is another. Under FIA regulations, Peugeot must homologate its racer by producing 20 road-going examples of their hypercar. A road-going hypercar would be a first for the French automaker.
A single rendering of the upcoming race car has been released and there’s a familial resemblance to the regular Peugeot range, specifically around the headlights and LED DRLs. It says a lot about the design of mainstream Peugeots like the 208 that their design elements can be convincingly transferrable to a racecar.
Peugeot’s return to Le Mans in the 2022-23 season will mark the end of a decade-long absence. Peugeot cancelled its race program shortly after competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2011. Their final race car, the 908, used a 3.7-litre twin-turbo diesel V8 engine.