During the time period when Peugeot’s road car division was making considerable amount of losses, the company withdrew from LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship in early 2012. Prior to that, the French automakers competed in the championships for five consecutive years. During this time period, the company managed to win Le Mans in 2009 and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup title in two consecutive years. Although we haven’t seen the company to participate in the event in recent years, during the Geneva Motor show, Peugeot chief Jean-Philippe Imparato stated that the company will consider to return to the sports car racing scene if the costs are reduced as he said,
“We have always said we will return if three conditions are met: firstly, we as a company are making money; secondly, we have won the Dakar Rally and thirdly, the cost of competition cannot be over €200m per year. The first two conditions are now met, the third is not. We are studying a return, but the regulations must be easier on the budget.”
As the organizers see minimum of three manufacturer teams as a requirement to sustain the competition in coming years, the withdrawal of Audi in the late 2016 left Porsche and Toyota as the participants in the LMP1 category. As a result, the organizers are trying to tempt the French Automakers participate once more in the completion.
If the organizers decide to reduce the costs, it will include modified aerodynamic rules.