Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Second legend: Peugeot 405 T16 GR (Grand Raid)

The rallying 405 Turbo 16 GR, was very different from the road-going 405. It was built in a coupe body style in mid-engine configuration, had constant four wheel drive with electronically adjustable center differential like the 205 T16, as it was based on the same technology. At least four were produced, competing in hill climbs and the Paris-Dakar rally. Today, three are in the official Peugeot museum, and the other is in a private collection.

1988: Finnish driver Ari Vatanen set a new record in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb (an award winning film of the drive titled Climb Dance was made by Jean Louis Mourey). Kankkunen and Piironen win the Paris-Dakar Rally in the 405 T16 GR.

1989: Victory in the Paris-Dakar rally by the Vatanen-Ickx team in a 405 T16 GR.

1990: Victory in the Paris-Dakar rally by the Vatanen-Berglund team in a 405 T16 GR.

Engine: 1.905 liter Turbo, 400 bhp / 298 KW @ 7500 rpm, 490 Nm / 361 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm, red line: 8000 rpm, 6 speed manual gearbox, all wheel drive.
Weight 880 kg / 1940.1 lbs.

Source: Wikipedia

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