Rebellion has announced that it is ending all motorsport activities after this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Rebellion Racing currently competes in the LMP1 category of the FIA World Endurance Championship with its ORECA-built R13 chassis, powered by a Gibson engine.
It has been involved in motorsport for over 13 years and has spent much of that time racing in WEC’s top class, which includes a landmark victory in the 4 Hours of Shanghai last year, the first non-hybrid on-track victory in WEC history.
Peugeot had been set to make a return to racing with Rebellion as part of the new Hypercar class in the WEC, but the French firm has said that Rebellion’s exit will not affect the project trajectory.
“Motorsport has been a great resource for Rebellion. The circuits have been exceptional showcases and an important sounding board for our Brand with a very wide audience. The returns on investment of these activities in the motorsports business have been more than satisfactory,” said Alexandre Pesci, President of Rebellion Corporation.
“We are giving ourselves time to redefine the contours of our business, but the effects of this decision will be immediate for the racing department as soon as the WEC season ends. These are not easy decisions to make and we are saddened that we will not be able to meet our past commitments for the years to come.”
“The Rebellion Corporation Brand strategy must change! The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 will be our last race and we will make it a point of honour to end the endurance adventure on a positive note and enrich an already excellent record of achievements,” added Calim Boudhadra, CEO of Rebellion Corporation. “We would like to thank our partners for having trusted us and for having taken up so many challenges together with a rebellious spirit.
As a private team, we are proud to have written a page in motorsport. I am convinced that the Peugeot Brand’s challenge in WEC will be a great success in the future, which I regret not being able to attend.”