Well, France not just knows good racing with cars (the first ever motoring competition was between Paris and Rouen in 1894) but also is capable of producing excellent racers. Having 24 Hours of Le Mans in mind, we are pointing your attention at the legendary Group B rally – the pinnacle of rallying. Peugeot joined the high-octane party with a racing car based on its best-selling model 205. The company produced just 40 racers, a batch of 20 from the initial release and 20 more in Evo 2 version, which you can see here as stunning Peugeot 205 T16 silhouette art.
This Peugeot 205 T16 Group B silhouette art is a French dominance at its best
When 205 T16 started competing in Group B rallying it challenged the dominance of Audi Sport Quattro Group B and the raising capabilities of Lancia with their 037 Group B racer. In its second racing year, Peugeot 205 T16 was pushing leaders hard thanks to drivers like Ari Vatanen and Timo Salonen. The Desert Fox, as Vatanen would later become famous, had a near fatal crash with his 205 T16 but Timo Salonen managed to win both pilots and constructor titles for Peugeot in 1985. The following season became the last for the Group B rally monsters after ferocious crashes that took the life of both pilots and spectators. In this final 1986 season, Peugeot won both titles one more time.
From a technical point of view, Peugeot 205 T16 had very few common parts with the original 205. The T16 was mid-engine, AWD car build on a tubular frame. Though, its engine utilized the XU engine block of Peugeot Citroen, albeit with a specially developed 16-valves head. The gearbox came out of Citroen SM but was mounted transversely.
After its stint at Group B, the T16 proved its racing capabilities in Pikes Peaks and Rally Dakar competitions, which gave it its legendary status.
Make yours this silhouette Peugeot 205 T16 art, beautifully created by Halmo prints.