In the wake of Rebellion’s shock announcement that it will be withdrawing from all sporting activities after the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Peugeot Sport has confirmed on social media that its forthcoming 2022 FIA WEC programme is still set to go ahead with partner company TOTAL.
Rebellion Racing announced last year that it was partnering with Peugeot for its WEC programme, with PSA Motorsport head Jean-Marc Finot stating that Rebellion and Peugeot’s roles would be “divided” as part of the formation of a “single entity working out of Versailles-Satory”.
But this morning’s news from the Swiss watch company that it would be pulling out of motorsport after Le Mans this year, revealed that the partnership between it and Peugeot is no more.
“We are currently in the early stages of building up our technical project & we acknowledge Rebellion’s decision that appoints us in a direction to modify the configuration of our operational system by 2022,” the statement reads. “Their decision to withdraw does not change Peugeot’s programme in the FIA WEC.
“We continue working with enthusiasm in a configuration refocused with our partner TOTAL to design a WEC race car that will be a source of pride for Peugeot and that will be perfectly aligned with its energetic transition.”
Peugeot CEO Jean-Philippe Imperato also responded to the news tweeted: “Full speed with TOTAL for our FIA WEC participation in 2022 with an electrified racing car!”
— Jean-Philippe Imparato (@JPImparato) February 13, 2020
As part of the statement Peugeot also tweeted out a revised render of its previous Peugeot Hypercar concept, with the Rebellion branding removed (featured).