Peugeot 205 T16 (Rally Giants)

Peugeot 205 T16 (Rally Giants)

By: Graham Robson (author)Paperback

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This is the complete story of the Peugeot 205's rallying history, told in all its glory by expert motoring historian Graham Robson, as part of the `Rally Giants' series. Four-wheel-drive had been authorised in rallying from 1979, but for a time no serious car-manufacturer even tried to harness it to their cars. Although it was Audi who produced the world's first rally-winning four-wheel-drive car - the Quattro - it was Peugeot who designed, developed, campaigned and won with the first truly sophisticated four-wheel-drive Group B Car - the 205 Turbo 16. It was the first truly great, purpose-designed, Group B car. Determined to win at almost any cost, Peugeot hired Jean Todt (who would later transform the fortunes of the Ferrari F1 organisation) in 1981, and set him an ambitious target. His dream car had to be running in 1983, homologated in 1984, and capable of winning World Championships by 1985. Nothing, no excuses and no lack of application, was to get in the way of that. Apart from being obliged to use the silhouette of the still-secret new 205 road car, Todt was able ask for anything. Getting approval for whatever he needed and fast-tracking the engineering of the four-wheel-drive rally was not an issue in reaching one simple objective - victory! This book tells the detailed story of all the cars, the influences, and the personalities behind a magnificent success story. No sooner had the new turbocharged, transverse-mid-engined car started competing, than it was ready to win, yet its dominant career was cut short at the end of 1986 by an abrupt change in rallying regulations. This is the engineering story laid out in great detail, as well as the interaction between company personalities, superstar drivers (including Ari Vatanen) and the highly-charged atmosphere of motorsport at this time. Because Group B was cancelled even before the 205 T16 had reached maturity, it went on to have a successful career in desert raid rallies, and at Pike Peak in the USA, all of which is described in this amazingly authoritative study. Packed with illustrations, technical details, facts, figures and successes of this innovative car, this book is a must for any rally fan.

About Author

Graham Robson possesses a worldwide reputation as a motoring historian, and has been close to the sport of rallying for many years, as a competitor, team manager, organiser, reporter, commentator and observer; in more than forty years he has never lost touch with the sport. Not only has Graham competed in many British and European events, he's also reported on marathons in South America, and acted as a travelling controller in the legendary London-Mexico World Cup Rally. As a recognised authority on many aspects of classic cars and motoring, he is the most prolific of authors, with more than 120 published books to his credit. Over the years he has owned, driven, described and competed in many of the cars featured in this Rally Giants series, and his insight into their merits is unmatched.

Contents

Foreword Introduction The car and the team -Inspiration - The Peugeot's importance in rallying - Facing up to rival cars - Timetable - a tight schedule - Homologation - meeting the rules - Engineering features - Peugeot's new M24 project - FF Developments - four-wheel drive specialists - Group B rallying - Second evolution car - The 205 road car - Was the 205 T16 unique? - Building and running the works cars - Intensive use of cars - Personalities and star drivers Competition story - 1983 - 1984 - Previous Peugeot rally cars - Peugeot 16-valve engines - 1985 - Evolution 2 time - 1986 - Four-wheel drive - 2E-The Coventry connection - The 205 T16's successor World Rally success Works Rally cars and when first used Index

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781787113251
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 128
  • ID: 9781787113251
  • ISBN10: 1787113256

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