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Peugeot 306 General Information

When the Peugeot 306 replaced the 309, there was at first a worry that car might be handicapped by being clearly heavier than its predecessor and most of its opposition. However the 306 as well had many sweet gizmos that were well unusual in this category of car. It had a mechanically steering rear axle, that would improve stability while keeping Peugeot's typical oversteering handling characteristics. And the S16 version (not from the beginning) had a 6-speed gearbox already in the road version. This 6-speeder together with the potent 167BHP in standard form made this groupN project worthwhile.

In following years maybe the 306 groupN success story was slightly handicapped by Peugeot UK using the 306 S16 as the car replacing the 205 GTI in the famous UK Peugeot Cup. For this the UK Peugeot Rally Club issued, as typical for them, regulations that allowed bigger brakes and getting rid of interior panels. Technically, as in engine and transmission, these cars were full groupN cars, but thanks to the added freedom they were rallied in groupA. And that resulted in many groupN 306s having been converted and rallied in groupA rather than groupN without any chance on groupA results, just being a Cup car with added fun.

It also is interesting that mainly Peugeot Sport UK, rather than the headquarters in Vélizy, were responsible for the project. The old Talbot Sport department was still alife. And this in turn lead to an ambitious, ongoing test and development program that was at an extent one would find hard to believe. So was non other than at-the-time recent BRChamp and current Subaru works driver Richard Burns asked to try and judge this car on the 1995 Manx Rally. This would at all times be a well unusual sight, seeing a WRC works driver letting himself down to drive a groupN FWD car in a national rally. However Richard has to thank his career to the UK Peugeot Cup and they always stayed friends, so there was no hesitation. Burns/Reid finished 11th overall, a well promising result considering this was an N3 car on its debut event.

In following years in pure groupN form the 306 was mainly found in France, but its results never stopped to amaze for many years. I.e. even 5 years after this model's debut, on the 1999 Tour de Corse Cedric Robert won the N3 class in a 306 S16 by more than a quarter of an hour! A result so good that this made 7th place in F2, never mind this was a groupN car compared to F2 Kit Cars capable of winning the event outright! Robert in the 306 N3 also had a tough fight with Mitsubishi Lancer Evo people like Kris Rosenberger for top groupN positions. On the Monte 2000 we saw another display of this car's capabilities, when Brice Tirabassi in a 306 Rallye 2.0 won N3 and would have been 6th in the by now unofficial F2.

306 Rallye? Yes, Peugeot carried on with the tradition of Rallye models. But this car was on slightly different lines than the previous 205 & 106 Rallye 1.3 models. The 306 Rallye was sold only in France, Belgium/Lux and UK and was nothing else but a 306 S16 minus electronic gimmicks, ABS, A/C, stereo and that type of stuff. So while the 306 Rallye and 306 S16 in groupN were technically absolutely identical, the Rallye version would have been lighter and cheaper to purchase.
 

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Peugeot 306 Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Peugeot 306 Rallye 2.0 (00-00) 167/6500 193/5500 4030.1680.1314 1125 (6.7) FWD (2580)
Peugeot 306 S16 (94-00) 167/6500 193/5500 4030.1680.1314 1210 (7.2) FWD (2580)

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Peugeot 306 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
48th. 2003 WRC Swedish Rally J. Joge . UNKNOWN #134 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 2000 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo B. Tirabassi S. de Castelli #76 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
29th. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse C. Robert L. Currat #111 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Peugeot 306 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2001 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Sperrer P. Carlsson #76 [UNKNOWN] SS0 withdrawn
Ret. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain R. Lancaster P. Spooner #85 [UNKNOWN] SS22 driveshaft