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Peugeot 205 T16  (Rally Giants Series)

Peugeot 205 T16 (Rally Giants Series)

By Graham Robson
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Paperback - 128 pages - 100 colour and mono photographs - 210mm X 195mm

ISBN: 9781845841294

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Features

- Full detailed history of each marques rally career
- Full detailed story of concept, design, development
- Unrivalled coverage of people and influences behind the cars
- Step by step coverage of technical evolution
- Description of cars, why, how and when evolved
- Description of principal people (managers, drivers, engineers) involved
- Many many pictures, not only of cars in action, but of details and people
- Comparison with rivals
- Complete listing of important successes
- Complete listing of 'works' xcars

Description

Four-wheel-drive was authorised in rallying from 1979, but for a time no serious car manufacturer even tried to harness it to their cars. Soon, though, it was Audi who produced the world’s first rally-winning four-wheel-drive car – the Quattro, although it was Peugeot which designed, developed, campaigned and won with the first truly sophisticated four-wheel-drive Group B Car – the 205 Turbo 16; 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. Packed with illustrations, technical details, facts, figures and successes of this innovative car, this exciting book is a must for any rally fan.

Synopsis

Four-wheel-drive was authorised in rallying from 1979, but for a time no serious car-manufacturer even tried to harness it to their cars. Soon, though, it was Audi who produced the world s first rally-winning four-wheel-drive car  the Quattro. However 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 is precisely what was achieved. This book tells the detailed story, and lists 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. Not only is the engineering story laid out in great detail, but the interaction between company personalities, super-star drivers (including Ari Vatanen) and the highly-charged atmosphere of motorsport at this time is all analysed. 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.

Independent Reviews

"Worth a look for rallying and Peugeot enthusiasts." - Australian Classic Car
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"It is a well written book, liberally and well illustrated with both diagrams and superb photos. It is a very readable book, worth adding to your library - and worth looking at other books he has written in the series. - Peugeot Car Club of Auckland
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"The book runs to 130 pages packed with pictures and data on the iconic four-wheel-drive Group B car, and follows similar titles on Quattro, Impreza, Stratos, Austin-Healey and Escort." - Classic & Sports Car
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"This is a soft cover book of some 128 pages with many photos mostly in colour. The telling makes for fascinating reading, well illustrated with those coloured photos, including several taken on the Rally of New Zealand. The book makes for an excellent read, and is recommended to all with an interest in Peugeot history." - Peugeot Car Club (Wellington), New Zealand
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"Robson tells the story of the development of the 205 T16, its rally history and also of those who were involved behind the wheel and navigating. Worth a look for rallying and Peugeot enthusiasts." - Australian Classic Car

   

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