Peugeot Sport has announced its full roster of drivers to race their pair of hypercars in the 2022 World Endurance Championship. Details of the car’s development progress have also been brought to light.
In an online presentation on Monday, Peugeot Sport revealed the squad of drivers that will race their pair of hypercars in the 2022 World Endurance Championship, one car’s roster consisting of Kevin Magnussen, Paul di Resta and Jean-Eric Vergne, and the other including Loic Duval, Mikkel Jensen and Gustavo Menezes. All of these talents have plenty of high-quality racing experience on their belts, meaning that Peugeot is anticipated to be even more of a force to be reckoned with next year.
Kevin Magnussen has been picked up by the team following his departure from Formula 1 racing and in wake of his increasing participation in sports car endurance events – his talent and experience in the top tier of single-seater motorsports will prove to be a significant assistance in the French team’s potential future success.
Jean-Eric Vergne, two-time Formula E winner and former Toro Rosso F1 driver has been signed alongside Magnussen following four successive Le Mans 24 Hour entries and three consecutive European Le Mans Series seasons.
Paul di Resta will occupy the final slot in this first intimidating line-up, making it a full trio of ex-Formula 1 drivers. The Briton raced for three seasons with Force India F1 Team from 2011 to 2013 and has since taken part in a full season of the WEC, along with affixing a Le Mans title to his name with the LMP2 United Autosports team last year.
Loic Duval is another well-respected driver in motorsports, having driven in the 24 Hours of Le Mans several times and triumphing on one occasion with Audi. Along with this, Duval claimed the LMP1 WEC title that same year and has entered the series seven times, making him a worthy candidate for a hypercar entry.
Gustavo Menezes, a regular World Endurance Championship entrant and a one-time Le Mans winner, will race alongside Duval after spending the last three years driving for the Rebellion LMP1 crew.
Mikkel Jensen is the final driver to make up Peugeot’s roster next year, having made his debut 24 Hours of Le Mans start last year in LMP2 and having taken multiple European Le Mans Series victories in previous years, coupled with the 2019 LMP3 title.
Apart from introducing their full driver line-up to the public, Peugeot also revealed their progress on the hypercar’s development.
“We are going to build our first engine in the next few weeks and we hope it will be on the dyno shortly,” Jansonnie revealed. “Then, in September, we will receive the first front powertrain, with the front electrical engine and the front gearbox, we’ll test it on our rig. We will then put everything together, the front and the rear, on our brand-new four-wheel-drive dyno in November.”
The 2.6L V6-powered machine is expected to begin testing at the end of this year.