Peugeot has announced it will return to the World Endurance Championship in 2022.
WEC has suffered a drop in manufacturers in recent seasons. The departures of Audi, Porsche and Nissan left Toyota as the only car-making entrant in the championship’s top flight.
However new regulations planned for the 2020-21 season has already led Aston Martin to commit a non-hybrid hypercar to the championship.
FIA president Jean Todt, who ran Peugeot’s successful sports-prototype team of the early nineties, previously said he hoped the new WEC regulations would attract several new manufacturers to the championship.
Peugeot will return to the series 10 years after it abruptly pulled the plug on its last sportscar programme. That came as a blow to the revived WEC series at the time, as it lost one manufacturer entrant before its first race.
It has won the Le Mans 24 Hours, the blue riband event of the series, three times. Its last win came in 2009, making its 908 the only non-Audi to win at La Sarthe in an 11-year spell. Prior to that it took back-to-back victories in 1992 and 1993 with its 905 Evo 1B, when the team was run by Todt.
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