Following a strategic committee meeting, Rebellion has decided to pull out of all sporting activities, including its sportscar racing programme in the FIA WEC with Rebellion Racing, which will come to an end after the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours.
The announcement implies that Rebellion is no longer part of the forthcoming Peugeot Sport FIA WEC programme too, as Calim Boudhadra, the CEO of Rebellion states “I am convinced that the Peugeot Brand’s challenge in WEC will be a great success in the future, which I regret not being able to attend.”
This ends a 13-year run of involvement in the sport, racing at the highest levels of sportscar racing in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team has also featured in Dakar.
“Motorsport has been a great resource for Rebellion,” said Alex Pesci the president of Rebellion Corporation.
“The circuits have been exceptional showcases and an important sounding board for our Brand with a very wide audience. The returns on investment of these activities in the motorsports business have been more than satisfactory. We are giving ourselves time to redefine the contours of our business, but the effects of this decision will be immediate for the racing department as soon as the WEC season ends.
“These are not easy decisions to make and we are saddened that we will not be able to meet our past commitments for the years to come.”
“The Rebellion Corporation Brand strategy must change!” Exclaimed Boudhara.
“The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 will be our last race and we will make it a point of honour to end the endurance adventure on a positive note and enrich an already excellent record of achievements. We would like to thank our partners for having trusted us and for having taken up so many challenges together with a rebellious spirit. As a private team, we are proud to have written a page in motorsport.”
Rebellion said in closing that it “will eventually turn its attention to other challenges with the desire to put its rebellious DNA at the heart of its implications”.