1984 Peugeot 205 T16 - Photo by Maciek1125
From afar, the Peugeot 205 T16 looks much like the front-wheel drive, front-engine street car it was based on. When competition in World Rally Championship (WRC) was at an all-time high, Peugeot wanted to taste the victory they had enjoyed in the past. To meet Group B homologation, 200 road cars had to be built and, with that, the 205 T16 was born. These radical cars had a specially developed mid-mounted four-cylinder turbocharged, 16-valve engine mated to a four-wheel-drive system. The street version of the 205 T16 only differed from the rally version through a lowered turbo boost and the interior trim. The factory rally cars had an astounding record beginning in 1984, taking first place in three rallies, then seven more first-place victories in 1985. After 1986, WRC cancelled the Group B category due to safety concerns, but not before the Peugeot 205 T16 brought in six more top podiums. The 205 T16 enjoyed its very last race – the 1986 Olympus Rally in Washington State – where it took second overall.