Rebellion Racing has confirmed that British sports car manufacturer TVR will join as a partner for the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season.
An image of the Rebellion R13 Gibson in its new ‘Super Season’ livery with TVR decals was released Thursday morning, a day after TVR posted a rendering appearing to show the Anglo-Swiss outfit’s LMP1 chassis on social media.
The announcement means the TVR brand will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time since 2005, when it ran the Tuscan T400R GT2.
Exact details regarding the extent of the partnership are unknown, beyond the branding visible on the car.
“Endurance racing is a key part of TVR’s DNA, and our role as the primary automotive partner of Rebellion Racing TVR gives us a great opportunity to return to the sport for the first time in 13 years,” said TVR President Les Edgar.
“It also allows TVR to work with a competitive racing team and apply the output to the development and production of not only TVR road cars, but also our future one-make series and track cars.
“In this respect, the opportunity to work alongside Gibson, ORECA and Motul is fantastic.”
Rebellion is returning to the LMP1 category this year with its own car developed in association with ORECA.
Former Porsche LMP1 stars Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani will join reigning LMP2 champion Bruno Senna behind the wheel of one R13, while Mathias Beche, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent will share the sister entry.
“We are happy to once again enter the World Endurance Championship alongside partners such as ORECA, Motul and now the iconic TVR brand that all motorsport fans know,” said Calim Bouhadra, vice president of Rebellion Racing.
“Since winning the title last November we have worked on an ambitious project for this new Super Season, with the creation of a brand-new car and recruitment of a quality driver line up.
“So, it’s a new ambitious adventure that starts for Rebellion and we’re looking forward to seeing our two R-13s face our competitors.”