Peugeot anticipated to fast-track WEC return; develop hybrid Hypercar
Peugeot is predicted to announce new particulars of its deliberate intention to return to the highest class of sportscar racing at Le Mans subsequent week, together with an acceleration of its program to presumably embody a full 2022 WEC marketing campaign.
Beforehand, the French producer had indicated that it’s working in direction of a late 2022 WEC debut adopted by a 2023 Le Mans entry, nonetheless this now seems more likely to be introduced ahead because of the WEC’s swap to a calendar year-based season.
PSA Group Chairman Carlos Tavares has already been confirmed because the honorary starter for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans, and is predicted to play a full half in any announcement.
RACER understands that the second important a part of the announcement will probably be affirmation that Peugeot will race a automobile constructed to the ACO’s LMH ‘Hypercar’ rules that permit each a bespoke chassis and an in-house developed hybrid powertrain, quite than the selection of considered one of 4 chassis suppliers and a spec hybrid supplied by the joint ACO and IMS LMDH rules, now more likely to be launched in 2023.
The choice on a Hypercar platform is believed to spring from a probable technical companion TOTAL; the French power firm a serious participant in automotive traction and industrial battery sector by its wholly-owned subsidiary Saft, acquired by the corporate in 2016.
TOTAL beforehand partnered with Peugeot through the profitable diesel-fueled 908 applications from 2007-2011. Peugeot although pulled out of the inaugural FIA WEC in 2012, simply weeks earlier than the season began.
If confirmed, this system would make Peugeot the confirmed mainstream OEM within the LMH class, becoming a member of Toyota, which is scheduled to debut subsequent yr. As well as, 2021 will carry a two-car entry from Glickenhaus and a promised effort from ByKolles within the Hypercar class.