Whilst several senior sources suggest that Peugeot have all but committed to the revised vision of LMP1, potentially with a ‘mild hybrid’ prototype for the 2019/ 2020 season, there is, as yet, no confirmation from the company themselves.
The latest public statement came over the weekend from Peugeot Sport’s Bruno Famin in an interview with French regional newspaper L’Ouest France:
“Nothing’s changed: we have not taken any decision yet. Porsche’s decision to stop its endurance prototype program is both a threat and an opportunity for us.
“We are looking at three competitions: endurance racing, rallycross and rallye-raid. Every thing is being looked at. I really can’t tell you today what we will be doing after the Dakar 2018.
“Endurance racing is Peugeot and Carlos Tavares’ plan A / lead plan […] with that said, it would not be impossible for us to manage a development programme in endurance racing while racing rally-cross and rally-raid cars”
As an aside Famin indicates in the same article that he has concerns regarding the inflation of costs in Rally Raid and sees the absence of regulations limiting development budgets in that branch of the sport as a threat.