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Peugeot, Rebellion Announce Hypercar Partnership

Peugeot, Rebellion announce tie-up for 2022 WEC Hypercar program…

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Peugeot has announced a partnership with current LMP1 entrant Rebellion for its entry into the Hypercar class of the FIA World Endurance Championship in 2022.

Swiss company Rebellion is set to provide technical support in the development of the French manufacturer’s hybrid race car, which was confirmed three weeks ago.

Wednesday’s announcement of the partnership also produced the first render of the anticipated Peugeot hypercar, which is set to compete against OEM offerings from Aston Martin and Toyota as well as privateer efforts in the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“The program will kick off in 2022 and we are extremely happy to be teaming up with one of endurance racing’s big names,” said Jean-Marc Finot, director of PSA Motorsport.

“Rebellion Racing’s experience in the WEC will be a big asset as we put together the strongest possible team for our program, and this was corroborated by the team’s recent victory in Shanghai.

“The roles will be divided as a function of our respective competencies but we will form a single entity working out of Versailles-Satory [near Paris, France].”

Last month, Finot would not rule out the possibility of third parties coming on board to support what will be a full factory Peugeot hypercar project.

Meanwhile, long-time WEC entrant Rebellion has been pushing to secure its involvement in the hypercar formula in recent months, with team director Calim Bouhadra telling Sportscar365 in September that the company’s aim was to have a technical partnership agreed before the end of the year.

Peugeot has confirmed that the hypercar project’s technical team will be assembled in January 2020.

Rebellion Corporation president Alexandre Pesci added: “I believe that the passion of our two companies speaks for us as a common and simple language.

“Together, we are going to build a car and team to compete in what promises to be a fiercely-contested championship as we seek to begin a successful record together.”

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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