The budget slows the return of Peugeot to Le Mans

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Immersed in the Dakar and in the World Rallycross with very satisfactory results, Peugeot Sport will not close the doors to Le Mans. The French manufacturer values to return in the future to have a factory team in the category LMP1 in the World Endurance (WEC), but currently, this project is unfeasible-level budget. This has been acknowledged in statements to Endurance-Info’ the Director of Peugeot Sport, Bruno Famin. The PSA Group could not take on the costs of a project that cost Audi and Porsche about 200 million euros per year, double of what is spent Toyota.

The budget is the problem. The President of the PSA Group dreams of a return of Peugeot in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and endurance racing. But to be able to fulfill this dream, there are conditions that we are currently unable to take on” explains Bruno Famin on the aforementioned website. “The PSA Group must have a better condition and to be committed to the project. In the present our budget would be far below what is necessary, so it is only an idea, a goal on the horizon”.

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Peugeot Sport holds fond memories of his time in resistance,
between 2007 and early 2012. However, the different
versions of the Peugeot 908 HDI FAP allowed the French brand win
the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009
and a podium finish in 2008 and 2010, beat in
two times in the 12 Hours of Sebring, to win Petit Le Mans, also in
two occasions and winning the title teams in the 2007 season of
the Le Mans Series. Some of the great successes that Bruno Famin
would be willing to repeat with a new project which however must
wait for the budget.

In this aspect, Bruno Famin only
he has good words for the championship at the margin of the budget:
WEC is a great championship with beautiful cars
. It is ideal for the
manufacturers and much better than the Formula 1. The technology is interesting
and also the format, almost more focused on manufacturers and not so much in
drivers”
. However, it influences the economic issue: The great
downside is the budget which is currently too high
, since the
reduction of manufacturers to two cars at Le Mans is something symbolic”
.
To conclude, Famin says: Peugeot returns to the resistance the day
that it is possible to mount a project with real arguments behind it
“.