After Group B was banned for WRC effective at the end of 1986, most manufacturers turned to rally raid and hill climb events to run their cars. Rallycross, on the other hand, was a competition which almost exclusively featured privateers. Since WRC rally teams and manufacturers were selling off ex-works cars and remaining homologation specials at giveaway prices, many rallycross privateer teams bought them to compete in series across Europe. By the end of 1987, the fields consisted almost entirely of Group B cars and the popularity was growing. Peugeot saw an opportunity to keep the 205 T16 alive a bit longer. To make sure that success would be achieved, a French rallycross team was put under the wing of Peugeot Talbot Sport (PTS).
For the 1988 French Rallycross Championship (FRXC), PTS chose to use one of the 1987 Pikes Peak edition 205 T16s that were unable to defeat Audi at the famed hill climb event. While the Pikes Peak cars had a claimed 550 HP for 850 kg of weight, the French rallycross version’s engine displacement was decreased from 1775 cc to 1758 cc (to comply with weight class rules) which still produced a healthy 510 HP, and a declared weight of 960 kg (2115 lb). The 6 speed transmission was amputated of its top gear since it was not needed. The car also sported a new front lip spoiler and a latter addition incorporated a large supplemental rear wing for added downforce.
The combination would prove successful which resulted in three consecutive French Rallycross championships from 1988 to 1990 (Guy Fréquelin / Philippe Wambergue / Jean-Manuel Beuzelin).
|Group/Class||Formula A / Division 2||French Championships: 3 (1988~1990)|
|Type||XU8T, I-4, DOHC 16v, gas||located middle transverse|
|Output power – torque||510 HP @ 7500 rpm (claimed)||398 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm (claimed)|
|Materials||block: aluminium alloy||cylinder head: aluminium alloy|
||Boost: 40 psi (2.8 bar)|
|Ignition||electronic, firing order 1-3-4-2|
|Lubrication system||dry sump|
|Type||four wheel drive||TJ type – 5 speed manual gearbox|
|Differential ratio||3.889||spiral bevel gears center epicyclic differential with viscous coupling, hypoid spiral bevel gears limited slip 33% front and 67% rear ZF differentials|
|Clutch||ventilated double plate|
|Chassis / body|
|Type||steel monocoque 20C central frame reinforced with tubular roll cage, steel subframe for front bay & suspension, and tube chassis for rear suspension & engine. 2 door hatchback steel bodyshell with polyester bonnets. Clamshells at front and rear made of polyester, and polyurethane bumpers. Front lip spoiler, and supplemental rear wings.|
|Front suspension||double wishbones with coil spring, bilstein shock absorbers and antiroll bar|
|Rear suspension||double wishbones with coil spring, bilstein shock absorbers and antiroll bar|
|Steering system||rack & pinion (power assisted)||2.5 turns lock to lock|
|Brakes||Front & Rear: ventilated discs 300mm diameter with 4 pot aluminium/magnesium calipers.||dual circuit with servo, adjustable ratio split front to rear|
|length: N/A||width: 1770 mm (69.7 in)||height: N/A|
|wheelbase: 2540 mm (100 in)||front track: 1430 mm (56.3 in)||rear track: 1430 mm (56.3 in)|
|Rims – tires||16 inch wheels||22/64 16 Michelin|
|Dry/Unladen Weight||960 kg (2,115 lb)||Bias F/R%: 50-50|
|Weight/power||1.9 kg/HP (4.1 lb/HP)|
|Fuel tank||25 liters|
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