Peugeot 106 Profile

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Peugeot 106 General Information

The Peugeot 106 as a competition car was fully Peugeot Sport engineered, but it was mainly aimed at amateur and privateer drivers. The plan was there from the beginning, but it took off slowly. The problem was that at first there was no clear sporty model in the road car range. Well, there was, but in the form of the 106 XSI. This 106 XSI had the 1.4 engine, which Citroen kept using in their Visa and AX models, but until now Peugeot made a point to avoid that engine for motorsport, especially since with 1360cc it would fit in an unfortunate way into the then 1301-1600cc class. The step was taken nevertheless and the car got to some minor fame as a works car in the hands of Christian Bruzi and Gilles Panizzi in France.

May the early groupA 106 have been unfortunate in its cc class, it showed very soon that Peugeot had created another giant killer. Gilles Panizzi gave his WRC works driver debut in a 106 XSI 1.4 on the 1993 Tour de Corse. Gilles crashed early, but his team mate Christian Bruzi came 13th overall. Better even, in the Italian WRC round that year, San Remo 93, Angelo Medeghini even made it into the top10 overall! A 1360cc FWD car for overall results!

Some years later the 205 was nearing the end of its production live and with it went the hugely famous and successful homologation special, the 205 Rallye 1.3 - a car designed to be light, cheap and in a way to take the mick of the FIA and the groupA era. Confusingly meanwhile we also had the 106 as an XSI 1.6, but this being an 8 valve engine, it wouldn't really have been much more interesting for competition than the XSI 1.4. Further confusion was created, when the FIA - exactly because of the unbeatable 205 Rallye 1.3 - moved the smallest cc category up to 1400cc. Now the XSI 1.4 all of the sudden was a suitable car for class wins, although this move did not stop the 205 Rallye 1.3 to be competitive. After all this confusion Peugeot decided to revive the 205 Rallye 1.3 idea and created a 106 Rallye 1.3 on the very same lines. This 106 Rallye 1.3 repeated the Panizzi/Bruzi 106 XSI 1.4 success story as a works car with Fabien Doenlen in France and David Higgins in the UK.

In 1996 the competition story of the 106 received a massive boost when there was a major face lift to the 106 model series. At least one face lift half way through a comparatively long production life of a model is quite typical for Peugeot, but the 106 face lift was unusual for Peugeot standards as even the size of the car was affected. The "new" 106 grew by no less than 100mm and such moved much closer in size to the 2-series Peugeots (being i.e. just 28mm shorter than the good old 205). And it was only this 2nd edition 106 that became a real big story in rallying.

To add to all the confusion we already had, there was a Rallye version of the "new" 106 as well, but this moved away from the original concept of the "Rallye" series: It had a 1.6 engine! It also had a mono point injection system rather than carburettors, but it stayed with the idea of stripping the car of all unnecessary luxury to make it super light. However it still had an 8 valve engine at a time when the 1.6 16v 106 S16 wasn't too far from becoming reaility, so the Rallye 1.6 never became too big a story and never had any noticeable results in groupA form.

Then the 106 S16 in groupA showed nicely what the 106 in competition was all about. The groupA version we note with 140BHP. This is not a misprint, Peugeot did that on purpose. We all know that by the late 1990s it already was no problem to get a groupA 1600cc 16v to 200BHP. But the whole point of the entire range was to be an amateur friendly car. The most common 106 S16 groupA had power lifted from 118BHP standard to only 140BHP. This did not cost much more than groupN preparation and the car had reliability. This version was often referred to as "Challenge Spec", as it had all carpets, parcel shelves, etc kicked out to minimise weight. The engine was close to standard and the gearbox was borrowed from the 306 S16, which is a 6-speed standard. So we have a very light car with budget standard components, but then stretch to proper groupA brakes and a limited slip diff = fun, fun, fun! And that turned the 106 S16 into the next toy as a base car for the Peugeot Cup in UK and France. The Peugeot Cup is the most famous one-makes-series, creating stars as Richard Burns, Francois Delecour & Gilles Panizzi. Discoveries from the 106 Cup include Mark Fisher, Kris Meeke, Cedric Robert, Alex Bengué & Daniel Sola. And Séb Loeb had one as his first rally car.

Indeed the 205 GTI is most famous for many car fans and rally fans as a car with supurb fun handling. For some reason the 106 did not quite reach this same fame in public, but for insiders, and especially British and French 205 Cup drivers, the 106 S16 was the true successor to the 205 GTI and if anything even more fun. The 106 S16 also had the same suspension basics, read the 205 groupA chapter for an explanation on Peugeot's torsion bar rear axles and their effects. And if you are still not convinced, it probably needs some searching youtube and shops, but in Jeremy Clarkson's 1997 movie "Apocalypse Clarkson" the main feature is to identify the best handling car in which Richard Burns and Tim Harvey join Clarkson for the test and they all agree the 106 S16 beats Porsches, Ferraris, Nissan Skylines, BMW M3s for the best handling car. And if the Challenge Spec groupA car was not that powerful, it combined all that with affordable price, lighter weight and big brakes, and you have smiles guaranteed.

For the big or rich guys (and gals!), there also was a 106 Maxi created, but this being under F2 kit car rules has its own chapter.

Peugeot 106 Related Content

Peugeot 106 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.3 (93-94) 130/7500 140/4000 3578.1588.1367 785 (6) FWD (2360)
Peugeot 106 S16 (99-22) 140/7500 168/5700 3678.1588.1376 900 (6.4) FWD (2360)
Peugeot 106 XSI 1.4 (93-94) 135/6000 155/5500 3578.1588.1367 825 (6.1) FWD (2360)

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Peugeot 106 Results

This is an unofficial Car Results list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
35th. 2004 WRC Rally New Zealand N. Marshall E. Kyle #84 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
33rd. 2002 WRC Acropolis Rally E. Gallo . UNKNOWN #132 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
39th. 2001 WRC Acropolis Rally E. Gallo . UNKNOWN #110 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
25th. 2000 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Bernardi J. Renucci #45 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
20th. 2000 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Robert L. Currat #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
30th. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse J. Serpaggi J. Renucci #88 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
31st. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse N. Bernardi . UNKNOWN #76 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse F. Morel . UNKNOWN #75 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
37th. 1999 WRC Rally of Great Britain K. Furber M. Andrews #117 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
40th. 1996 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kent C. Jenkins #108 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
24th. 1995 WRC Tour de Corse M. Boetti B. Nas de Tourris #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
39th. 1995 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Stewart M. Fletcher #69 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1995 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Guixeras . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse F. Doenlen H. Sauvage #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
35th. 1994 WRC Rally New Zealand M. Stewart M. Fletcher #55 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
40th. 1994 WRC Rally New Zealand C. Marshall . UNKNOWN #61 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse C. Bruzi J. Pages #42 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Medeghini P. Cecchini #23 [UNKNOWN] 6:58:38
10th. 1993 WRC Rallye Catalunya O. Gomez M. Marti #25 [UNKNOWN] 6:18:19

Peugeot 106 Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2005 WRC Rally New Zealand N. Marshall . UNKNOWN #96 [UNKNOWN] SS18 ?
Ret. 2001 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Bengué J. Grau #42 [UNKNOWN] SS3 crash
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally of Great Britain C. Robert M. Billoux #98 [UNKNOWN] SS11 ?
Ret. 2000 WRC Tour de Corse A. Bengué J. Grau #36 [UNKNOWN] SS6 ?
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland F. Morel D. Marty #81 [UNKNOWN] SS20 engine mountings
Ret. 2000 WRC Rally of Finland C. Robert M. Billoux #79 [UNKNOWN] SS18 disqualified
Ret. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Morel J. Renucci #73 [UNKNOWN] SS4 suspension
Ret. 2000 WRC Acropolis Rally N. Tsadaris . UNKNOWN #71 [UNKNOWN] SS13 suspension
Ret. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya B. Tirabassi S. de Castelli #57 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1999 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kent S. Boyles #84 [UNKNOWN] SS1 ?
Ret. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse A. Bengué J. Grau #79 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse B. Tirabassi . UNKNOWN #77 [UNKNOWN] SS8 ?
Ret. 1999 WRC Swedish Rally T. Jansson L. Bäckman #54 [UNKNOWN] SS8 gear linkage
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain D. Higgins M. Park #91 [UNKNOWN] SS10 engine
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse F. Casanova C. Tilber #70 [UNKNOWN] SS22 crash
Ret. 1993 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Andreucci P. Amati #24 [UNKNOWN] SS16 crash
Ret. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #22 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash