While Peugeot has been part of every major motorsport competition, it is really known for building some amazing rally cars. Here’s our list of the Peugeot race cars that had given them the greatest success in competition.
Peugeot 2008 DKR
Peugeot took the Dakar Rally challenge in 2015 with the 2008 DKR. Real wheel drive, V6 diesel, twin turbocharged desert specialist monster, it immediately grabbed success by the scruff of the neck.
Peugeot 205 Turbo 16
The small 205 was the perfect fit for the extreme Group B rally series. Small, agile and fast it shook the rally world in 1984 when it burst onto the scene by winning three of the final four rounds. The T16 ended up winning two drivers titles and two constructors titles.
Peugeot 206 WRC
In 1999 Peugeot came back to the World Rally Championship with the same formula that made it successful in the early days – small, agile and powerful cars. It worked. The Peugeot 206 WRC turned Marcus Gronholm into a two time champion in 2000 and 2002.
Peugeot 405 Turbo 16 Pikes Peak
The most extreme version of the 405 Turbo 16 had 600+ hp, four wheel steering and a massive rear wing – perfect for dominating the Dakar Rally and Pikes Peak. The car won Pike Peak in 1988 and 1989.
Peugeot 208 T17 Pikes Peak
After taking time off from Pikes Peak, the fine folks at Peugeot decided to come back in 2014. They didn’t mess around. With Sebastien Loeb behind the wheel, the 850hp Peugeot 208 T17 destroyed the course record, setting an 8 min 13 sec time that many believe will stay a record for a long time.
After leaving rallying in the late 1980s, Peugeot tried their hand at Le Mans 24 Hours. The Peugeot 905 had a V10 engine and easily won the event in 1992 and 1993. Winning over 50% of the races it entered, this car showed that Peugeot was more than a hot hatch and rally automaker.
When Peugeot re-entered the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2007 it had been dominated by Audi for several years. Peugeot entered with a diesel-powered monster called the Peugeot 908. In 2009 it won the Le Mans 24 Hours with a one-two finish.