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Peugeot 205 T16

By Tim DeLong - 06-09-2015



In 1983 Peugeot began producing the 205, a nice, civilized, coupe that gave the French a great little city car. Then something wonderful happened, Group B rally! Peugeot wanted to enter the FIA’s top tier of rally competition and they chose to base their car on the 205.

The first thing Peugeot did to the 205 was remove everything. Yes, everything. Basically the 205 and the 205 T16 share only the cabin shell and a side profile, if you’re viewing the car from a distance, in the dark, while squinting.

The 200 205 T16 road cars, needed to meet competition manufacturer rules, were built by Peugeot’s Simca division while 20 purpose built rally versions were built by Peugeot Talbot Sport, the company’s performance division.

All 220 cars built started as production 205’s then had their front and rear portions replaced by steel tube framework. The production cars were all painted dark grey except for the first one, which was painted white with Peugeot Rally Team colors (recreated here by Forza painter jcg11nc3004653. Check out his storefront). All 20 of the race versions were painted white.

The engineers chose to completely ignore the 205’s base engine and replaced it with turbocharged 1.8 liter four cylinder that was detuned to about 200 bhp for the road cars and made roughly 450 bhp in the unrestricted rally version. They went even further by hiding the engine in the trunk on the T16.

From the rear of the car, the 16 valve, turbocharged, and intercooled engine delivered power to all four corners via a newly developed all wheel drive system. The 205 T16 was very successful in competition, winning the Group B manufacturer titles in 1985 and 1986. When the FIA ended the Group B category, the 205 T16 found success in rally cross as well as rally raid events. The 205 T16 is truly an iconic piece of rally history.  

 

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