Talbot Samba Rallye + Homologation Version

Published on: Jan 20, 2016 @ 21:21
Originally Published in: 2014 (old website)
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TALBOT SAMBA RALLYE

This car was Peugeot Talbot Sport’s sister effort to the Citroën’s Group B/9 Visa Trophée formula. In 1982, while they were developing the 205 T16 as their all conquering WRC weapon, Peugeot created the Samba Rallye as their budget entry-level rally car. It was developed at Peugeot Sport Vélizy, while all other Talbot projects came from Talbot’s Peugeot Sport UK headquarters in Coventry.

Using a similar recipe to the Citroën Visa, the Talbot Samba used plastic body panels, but in contrary to the Visa Milles Pistes, the Samba would never become available as a four wheel drive. Another distinct difference to the Visa was that Peugeot Talbot Sport wanted to homologate the Samba into the smallest Group B/9 category (for engines of less than 1300 cc) while the updated Visa Chrono had already shifted into the B/10 category (for engines of 1300~1599 cc). For this, the 1360 cc Peugeot XY engine as used in the Citroën Visa and the Peugeot 104 ZS Evo2 did not qualify, but at the same time the 1124 cc version of the pre-TU engine family, as used on the 104 ZS Evo1, seemed a little too far off the class limit for a good result. So Peugeot Talbot Sport used a simple trick: a “new” engine was created by using the block & pistons of the 1360 cc version but substituted the crankshaft & con rods of the 1124 cc, which resulted in a final displacement of 1219 cc.

The car was evidently aimed at national and local events hoping to win its B/9 class honors but it did see action in the WRC alongside the top tier B/12 beasts when the two calendars merged at specific venues.

SPECIFICATIONS

Group/Class B/9 Homologation: B-232 (click to see papers)
Years Active 1983~1987 Homologation

  • start: January 1st 1983
  • end: December 31st 1988
Engine
Type Peugeot XW, I-4, SOHC 8v, gas located front transverse
Displacement 1219 cc WRC: 1219 cc
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Output power – torque 135 HP @ 6700 rpm 147 lb-ft @ 5400 rpm
Materials block: aluminum cylinder head: alumimum
Aspiration
  • natural / normal
  • 2 x Weber DCOE carburetors
Ignition electronic
Cooling system water-cooled
Lubrication system N/A N/A
Transmission
Type front wheel drive 5 speed manual
Gearbox ratios N/A N/A
Differential ratio 4.07 N/A
Clutch N/A
Chassis-body
Type Peugeot type-104 steel monocoque chassis with roll cage, 3 door hatchback, arch extensions, polyurethane body panels
Front suspension McPherson struts, coil spring, lower wishbone, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Steering system rack & pinion 3.9 turns lock to lock
Brakes
  • Front: Discs
  • Rear: Drums
N/A
Dimensions
length: 138.0 in (3506 mm) width: 60.2 in (1528 mm) height: 53.6 in (1362 mm)
wheelbase: 92.1 in (2340 mm) front track: 52.0 in (1320 mm) rear track: 49.4 in (1256 mm)
Rims – tires 13 / 14 in
  • N/A
Dry/Unladen Weight 780 kg (1720 lb)
Weight/power 5.7 kg/hp (12.7 lb/hp)
Fuel tank 40 litres

HOMOLOGATION / PRODUCTION VERSION

Talbot Samba
TALBOT SAMBA RALLYE

This a limited series “supermini” / B-segment manufactured by the PSA Group in the former Simca factory in Poissy, France, and marketed under the short-lived Talbot brand. Based on the Peugeot 104, it was the only Talbot not inherited from Chrysler Europe and engineered by PSA alone. In 1985, a final “Rallye II” version with the larger 1360 cc Citroën Visa Chrono engine was launched, but that time without the stripes. It was also the last new Talbot to be launched and the very last in production. These are the specs for the original 1983 “Rallye” homologation car:

SPECIFICATIONS

Class Supermini / B-segment / Subcompact 3 door hatchback
Production 1982~1985 # built: N/A
Engine
Type Peugeot XW, I-4, SOHC 8v, gas located front transverse
Displacement 1219 cc
Compression ratio 9.7:1
Output power – torque 90 HP @ 6700 rpm 75 lb-ft @ 5400 rpm
Materials block: aluminum cylinder head: alumimum
Aspiration
  • natural / normal
  • 2 x Weber DCOE carburetors
Ignition electronic
Cooling system water-cooled
Lubrication system N/A N/A
Transmission
Type front wheel drive 5 speed manual
Gearbox ratios N/A N/A
Differential ratio 4.07 N/A
Clutch N/A
Chassis-body
Type Peugeot type-104 steel monocoque chassis, 3 door hatchback
Front suspension McPherson struts, coil spring, lower wishbone, anti-roll bar
Rear suspension Trailing arms, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Steering system rack & pinion 3.9 turns lock to lock
Brakes
  • Front: Discs
  • Rear: Drums
N/A
Dimensions
length: 138.0 in (3506 mm) width: 60.2 in (1528 mm) height: 53.6 in (1362 mm)
wheelbase: 92.1 in (2340 mm) front track: 52.0 in (1320 mm) rear track: 49.4 in (1256 mm)
Rims – tires 13 in Uniroyal 165/70R13
Curb Weight 780 kg (1720 lb)
Weight/power 8.7 kg/hp (19.1 lb/hp)
Fuel tank 40 litres

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