The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place this weekend, so it’s time to take a look at some of the incredible vehicles that will be at the event. Today we’re looking at the Peugeot 205 T16.
The FIA’s ruling that competing cars in particular groups had to have road going versions of the rally car on sale to the public was a stroke of genius. Some of the homologation specials that have come from this are still to this day incredibly iconic cars.
So when the FIA told Peugeot that they had to make a road going 205 T16, the results were incredible. A turbocharged mid-engined, four-wheel drive, 200hp hot hatch with flared wheel arches and scoops in the bonnet. In contrast to the standard 205, it looked incredible.
While the road going 205 T16 was an exciting road car, it was the rally version that was taking the plaudits. 30 years ago Peugeot didn’t have a single rally championship to their name but when the first evolution 205 T16 arrived in Group B rallying it won three of it’s first five rallies in 1984. The following year the second evolution 205 T16 delivered not just the drivers’ championship, but also the manufacturers championship. And to prove it wasn’t a fluke, it did the double again in 1986.
The 205 T16 Evolution 2 will be on static display and making a run up the Goodwood Hillclimb during the weekend, driven by owner Enda Garvey who states the model he’s driving is “very light (around 900kg) with 650hp”. A serious piece of kit, then.
Goodwood is the perfect opportunity to see an exciting run by an iconic rally car.
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By James Fothergill