In the wake of the snap announcement from Rebellion yesterday that the long-standing endurance racing outfit will cease operations after their planned 2 car entry at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, senior figures at Peugeot and Peugeot Sport have moved to reassure French media that their 2022 programme, will still go forward as planned.
The Peugeot programme had previously been announced as going forward with Rebellion as a partner but it is clear that the Rebellion announcement was as much a surprise to Peugeot as to the wider racing world.
Peugeot is currently continuing to develop their programme to the Le Mans Hypercar regulations but is keeping a close eye on the LMDh related discussions. “We could adopt the LMDh formula if it’s interesting”, Jean-Marc Finot, Director of Groupe PSA Motorsport told Auto Hebdo yesterday.
The once seemingly certain link to ORECA for the programme is now completely off the table.
Ligier is confirmed as a technical partner/ supplier with the principal initial task of developing the aero package. Ligier has also invested heavily in carbon fibre component production and could well be in line for significant additional roles in the programme.
On the chassis front though there is no decision as yet either on whether the chassis will be developed internally or tendered to a third party, or indeed which supplier that might be! That final decision cannot, of course, be taken until a final decision is reached between their Le Mans Hypercar and LMDh options!