Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 (T16) Group B Rally
|Production||200 built in 1984|
|Body and chassis|
|Engine||1,775 cc In-line four|
Peugeot 205 T16 (turbo 16 valve)This was one of the infamous Group B rally contenders for the road in the same vein as Ford's RS200 and MG's GR4, but this car was the most successful rally machine, taking the constructors' championship in 1985 and 1986 and making world champions of Timo Salonnen and Juba Kankkunen.
The regulations of the FIA for the group B demanded a minimum number of 200 built copies.Annually so-called evolutionary stages were allowed to be homologated, which had to be manufactured and accepted in 20 copies each. Peugeot first developed the competition version and from it the production vehicle. The 200 series (chassis numbers P1 to P200) was manufactured by Talbot (Simca).
The T 16 was a 205 two-door hatchback only in looks, headlights, turn signals, grille, windshield, doors and taillights were taken from the 205. But the body was built by Heuliez,underneath it used a strong steel monocoque with rear tubular frame holding the transversely mounted engine and gearbox which was accessed by hinging rear bodywork. A centre differential split drive between the front and rear wheels, depending on conditions, from 25:75 to 45:55 front/rear. Double wishbones, anti-roll bars and coil-over-shocks made up the suspension. Powering the car was an all-alloy IGv engine with Bosch fuel injection, dry sump lubrication and an intercooled KKK turbo.
With such as attributes space frame , all-wheel drive , mid-engine and turbocharger can be classified as a thoroughbred racing machine.
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All of these vehicles were equally equipped and held in anthracite gray metallic paint except for the very first vehicle (P1), which had the same white livery with blue and yellow contrasting color accents as the competitive versions and shown at the press release of the model 205 simultaneously with the front-wheel drive mass-produced and was presented as a competition version. Simultaneously with this series of 200, 20 evolution models of the first stage were manufactured at Peugeot Talbot Sport (chassis numbers C1 to C20) and presented for homologation on the same day as the FIA series vehicles.
In 1985 Peugeot Talbot Sport once again produced 20 vehicles of the evolutionary level 2 (chassis numbers C201 to C220) and homologated. For the 205T16 normal two-door series bodies were taken off the assembly line and the car body Heuliez profoundly modified. The entire rear section was separated and inserted between the B-pillars of the body, a bulkhead. Also at the front the body was shortened and reinforced. Subsequently, extensive reinforcements, roll bars and rear frames were used in a mixed construction of pressed steel box sections and tubes. These bodies were delivered to the respective production sites. In the Evo-2 vehicles accounted for the box sections, where all conversions were designed as pipe structures. The shape of the body is based strongly on the serial model, which was required for marketing reasons from the beginning. The front and rear of the vehicle are each designed as a single part, which can be completely unfolded or removed to gain access to the mechanics.
In terms of performance, the competition vehicles were between 255 and almost 380 kW, depending on the development stage. As their direct competitors are for example the The shape of the body is based strongly on the serial model of the 205, which was required for marketing reasons from the beginning. The front and rear of the vehicle are each designed as a single part, which can be completely unfolded or removed to gain access to the mechanics.
As their direct competitors are for example the Lancia Delta S4 , the Audi Sport quattro S1 , the Ford RS200 and the MG Metro 6R4 . Most of these cars have been in the hands of collectors for many years, but rarely does a 205 Turbo 16 ever change hands.
Modified beyond the rules of Group B 205 Turbo 16 also participated successfully in 1987 and 1988 at the Dakar Rally , the mountain race Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and until 1992 including the Rallycross European Championships.
Top speed: 0-60 mph (0-95 km/h): 128 mph (205 km/h) 7.8 sec
Engine type: In-line four (XU8 T) 16V
Displacement: 108 ci (1,775 cc)
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Max power: 200 bhp (149 kW) @ 6,750 rpm
Max torque: 188 1b ft (256 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight: 2,436 1b (1,107 kg)
Economy: 23 mpg (82 km/l)