Official: Peugeot teams up with Rebellion for WEC Hypercar class
On December 4th, 2019, Peugeot announced that they will be teaming up with the Swiss racing team, Rebellion, for the 2022 WEC Hypercar class. Peugeot has already previously announced that they would be participating in the 2022 WEC Hypercar class again, meaning that they would be returning to the endurance racing scene since their withdrawal in 2012.
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Peugeot has been incredibly competitive in endurance racing, although it has been overshadowed by Audi’s R series prototypes. Peugeot already has three Le Mans wins and two World SportsCar Championship seasons under their belt.
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Rebellion Racing, whom Peugeot is partnering with is also a notable racing team. Rebellion has been participating in WEC since 2012, and despite being a privateer in the LMP1 game, where manufacturers put immense amount of effort, they had fared well. Last month, Rebellion’s R13 Gibson gained their first-ever race win in Shanghai against factory Toyota TS050 Hybrids.
Peugeot’s CEO, Jean-Philippe Imparato commented, “Peugeot has been behind some of endurance racing’s most memorable moments, with both petrol and diesel power. Today, we are turning our attention to a new adventure founded on hybrid-electrified technology.” This alludes that Peugeot and Rebellion’s race car will be featuring a hybrid powertrain, unlike Aston Martin’s non-hybrid Valkyrie race car.
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However, there are lots of work to be done. Peugeot has shown exceptional performance in racing with their petrol and diesel-powered cars, but they have never used an electric or hybrid race car before, and this is also same for Rebellion. Still, it has been proved in the LMP1 scene that hybrid cars have an immense advantage over petrol-powered ones, especially in terms of acceleration and corner exits. Therefore, Peugeot’s choice to not only develop a hybrid race car, but also to partner with Rebellion seems like the right decision for now.