Longstanding privateer LMP1 team Rebellion Racing has announced that it is joining forces with Peugeot Sport for the French marque’s upcoming 2022 FIA WEC ‘Hypercar’ Programme.
Rebellion, which currently runs its own R-13 chassis in the FIA WEC, will form part of the factory programme. This news does also come with the first render of the forthcoming Peugeot hypercar, which features TOTAL branding in addition to Rebellion, the car featuring a ‘Peugeot Rebellion’ logo on the splitter.
Delighted to announce our partnership with @RebellionRacing for our participation with a #hybrid electrified hypercar in the @FIAWEC from 2022. A shared passion for design and performance – the perfect match! Maybe the car will look like this?😉@peugeotsport @24hoursoflemans pic.twitter.com/oFfL949aPm
— Jean-Philippe Imparato (@JPImparato) December 4, 2019
The announcement is scarce on details. At this time it is not clear whether Rebellion will continue to race its R-13 chassis grandfathered in the WEC’s top class next season (the first for Hypercar Prototype) before Peugeot join the championship. The level at which Rebellion will be involved in the development and running of the programme is an unknown too. However, Alex Pesci, Rebellion’s President, specifically stated that “together we will build a car and team to compete”.
Notably, there is also no mention in this reveal of ORECA, a rumoured partner to this effort and a current partner to Rebellion in LMP1.
“Peugeot has been behind some of endurance racing’s most memorable moments, with both petrol and diesel power,” said Jean-Philippe Imparato, CEO of Peugeot. “Today, we are turning our attention to a new adventure founded on hybrid-electrified technology. We were delighted to see how warmly the recent announcement of our participation in the series was welcomed, especially as this exciting shift in sporting and power-unit terms will accompany the launch of Peugeot Sport Engineered cars.
“I am very enthusiastic about this programme, especially as we will be working in association with a major partner. Rebellion Corporation’s proven passion, a quest for perfection and performance credentials fit perfectly with Peugeot’s own values, which are exacting standards, sharp design and emotion.”
Jean-Marc Finot, PSA Motorsport’s director added: “The programme will kick off in 2022 and we are extremely happy to be teaming up with one of endurance racing’s big names. Rebellion Racing’s experience of the FIA WEC will be a big asset as we put together the strongest possible team for our programme, and this was corroborated by the team’s recent victory in Shanghai.
“The roles will be divided as a function of our respective competencies but we will form a single entity working out of Versailles-Satory.”
The surprise news that Peugeot Sport is joining the FIA WEC ‘Hypercar’ ranks last month added to the previously confirmed factory efforts from Aston Martin and Toyota, meaning three full factory teams are now committed. Glickenhaus and ByKolles are also known to be working on Hypercar entries.