Reigning FIA Formula E Champion Nelson Piquet Jr will compete at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year having inked a deal with Rebellion Racing.

Piquet Jr will link-up with Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of the #12 Rebellion R-One LMP1 AER powered car.

The Brazilian will also race at the opening rounds of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship - at the 6 Hours of Silverstone and the 6 Hours of Spa - in order to gain experience ahead of the 24 hour event.

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"I am thrilled to be joining Rebellion Racing for several races this season including, of course, the Le Mans 24 Hours," said Piquet Jr, who will drive the #12 Rebellion R-One LMP1 for the first time at the FIA WEC Prologue at the Paul Ricard circuit on March 25-26.

"The Le Mans 24 Hours is one of the most special motorsport events in the world and I loved it so much when I raced there in 2006 that it has been very high on my list ever since to do it again.

"I couldn't be happier than to be doing it with such a great team and together with Nico and Nick as my teammates. I can't wait to get in the car at Paul Ricard later this month to begin our preparations."

Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing team manager, added: "We are very pleased to welcome Nelson Piquet Jr to the Rebellion Racing team. As the reigning Formula E champion, Nelson has been racing against Nico and Nick, but now the three of them will be partnering together in one car for Rebellion Racing and we are confident that they will be strong teammates.

"Le Mans requires the best level of preparation, so we are also pleased that Nelson will be able to drive for Rebellion Racing at the Prologue and the first two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa.

"We are only a few weeks away from the Prologue and are all looking forward to the start of the new season."