Three-time Le Mans victors Peugeot to enter WEC in 2022
Peugeot announced today that they will be returning to the Le Mans 24, and entering into the WEC for the first time in 2022.
The French brand has triumphed at the world’s most iconic endurance race three times, and will once again contest for overall victory. Peugeot took to Twitter to make the announcement that their decade-long absence from the top class of endurance racing will come to an end.
Less than a month ago rumours were swelling that Rebellion or Oreca could be behind Peugeot’s plan to enter the WEC, and it is expected that this will be confirmed or rejected in early 2020.
There was heartbreak for many Peugeot fans when the company pulled its WEC entry only a matter of months prior to the inaugural championship in 2012, and as recently as 2017 serious attempts to enter the series were halted as the French brand went after WRC titles.
Peugeot will join Aston Martin, Glickenhaus, and Toyota as the only confirmed Hypercar entrants, with Aston Martin the only marque not to run a hybrid system. As of the 2021 WEC regulations manufacturers have relative freedom in terms of engine design, allowing them to run hybrid or non-hybrid systems.
The French marque last raced at Le Mans in 2011, with their most recent victory coming in 2009 with David Brabham, Marc Gené and Alexander Wurz at the helm of the 908 HDi FAP, which ended a 16 year wait for another overall victory.