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Peugeot 106 General Information

The Peugeot 106 Maxi was an unusual, exciting, if not slightly strange project. The F2 kit car rules had a limit of maximum 2000cc atmospheric, 2WD. To the bottom there was no limit. The F2 kit car rules could also be applied to A6 and A5 class cars. However there was no extra category or championship for them. These cars should be class winners, but at a price. For outright F2 victory they had little chance. Therefore it might be a little strange to have the full F2 kit car freedom applied to this 1600cc A6 car.

Actually it would be incorrect to say the 106 Maxi was the first 1600cc car that took advantage of the F2 kit car rules. That claim definitely goes to the Skoda Felicia. However the background of both these projects was very different. Skoda had nothing bigger to rally at the time, plus they have a tradition in small classes, so they applied mild, not too expensive kit car rules to their Felicia. The Peugeot 106 in turn was already a successful car in N1, N2, A5 & A6 rallying. Plus Peugeot had the full blown 2000cc F2 kit car 306 Maxi. And the 106 Maxi took the F2 rules to the absolute limits never mind the cost. Therefore the 106 Maxi was the first of its kind, the first full blown 1600cc kit car.

This means the 106 Maxi was a car of extremes. The body kit looked as bulky, fat and exciting as the best 2000cc F2 monsters. Indeed the 106 Maxi was one of the cars Colin McRae once complained made his works Subaru Impreza gA look like a moped. But it also had a fancy sequential gearbox that on its own would cost the equivalent of two complete Peugeot 106 S16 road cars. And the engine was unbelievable. When Peugeot Sport UK took over the ex-Priscille de Belloy 106 Maxi from France, Peugeot Sport Vélizy told them "it should have a good 200BHP". This seems to be an optimistic claim for any 1600cc engine. I was an eye whitness when this car was put on the dyno in England, our eyes became bigger and bigger and everybody around looked like having two fried eggs in their face when the dyno eventually stopped at 238BHP!!!! Yes, in a 1.6!

And all that was aimed to be a car for amateur and privateer drivers? The 106 Maxi was a world beater in its class in the right conditions. But it never received any gravel development. Add its short wheelbase and you have a bouncy bitch on Corsica as well as in British forests. Actually there is a large number of French youngsters that gave us major entertainment on French asphalt rallies with this car. However the probably most famous 106 Maxi program was that of Peugeot Sport UK. Justin Dale may never have been the absolute ultimate in performance, but he always knew how to get a car to the finish. He had his share of issues with the 106 Maxi, but generally it was a reliable, multi year program. We talk of this Peugeot having an incapability on gravel, but in 4 years in the S1600 Junior/Formula section of the BRC the combination Dale/106 Maxi collected two title wins and two 2nd places in the championship final standings! However when for 2000 a second 106 Maxi was built up for David Higgins, he showed how tricky the car could be at times, David's 2000 season would have potential for an entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the most crashes in one season!

We also should note two particular cars: In 1996 Jean-Pierre van de Wauver in Belgium and Priscille de Belloy in France drove cars called Peugeot 106 Kit Car. These cars used minor F2 Kit Car items as engine tweaks, already in preparation for the 106 Maxi. However these two particular cars were still 106s of the first generation, before the extensive face lift, and they did not have the body kit. As only 2 such 106 Kit Car versions existed and Jean-Pierre van de Wauwer's example never left Belgium, never was seen on any WRC event, I saw little point in adding an extra variation data sheet for it. However please note that Priscille’s 324 LDA 75 was one such case of a milder and pre-facelift 106 Kit Car, even though we have actually noted the car as a Maxi.

Well, one should have learned a lesson from this 106 Maxi: groupA and Kit Car is too much freedom, it is a deadly combination that will never be suitable for any budget category. The 106 Maxi was alright for some fun and it surely was one of the most exciting cars of recent years. But this being the first full blown 1600cc kit car, it seemed to make apparent that this category was about the least category to choose for a budget orientated JWRC! So for the JWRC S1600 gA kit car was created, argh! There is a difference between S1600 and F2 kit car rules applied to A6, as in S1600 the most extreme engine and transmission gizmos found on the 106 Maxi were strictly banned. Indeed, part of the reason why the 106 Maxi remained relatively rare is for the 106 Maxi being too extreme and such banned from S1600 and JWRC rallying. Peugeot could have re-engineered the 106 from F2 to S1600, as Citroën did with the comparable Saxo. However since it was a re-engineering and Peugeot just launched the 206 model, this meant the 106 ended its career on the highth of F2....
But hang on a minute: S1600 also being a groupA kit car formula, manufacturers will always find a - often much more expensive - way round imposed limitations. And the lack of success of the JWRC proves exactly that! What is the problem of JWRC/S1600? The break even Peugeot Sport list price of such extreme 106 Maxi gearbox was €37,500, the most common S1600 kit cars in around 2003 are quoted between €160,000 - 180,000, surely in parts prices, running cost and whatever budget this S1600 junior budget class is not all that far off the 106 Monster!

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Peugeot 106 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Peugeot 106 Maxi Evo1 (97-01) 238/9500 218/7000 3678.1713.1357 890 (3.7) FWD (2385)

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Peugeot 106 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
25th. 2000 WRC Swedish Rally T. Jansson S. Jacobsen #52 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Azcona E. Nazabal #39 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Fuster J. Medina #29 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Peugeot 106 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1998 WRC Tour de Corse J. Serpaggi C. Neri #29 [UNKNOWN] SS1 crash
Ret. 1997 WRC Tour de Corse J. Serpaggi F. Delorme #23 [UNKNOWN] SS1 clutch
Ret. 1997 WRC Tour de Corse M. Boetti B. Nas de Tourris #24 [UNKNOWN] SS5 clutch
Ret. 1997 WRC Tour de Corse P. de Belloy L. Jourdan #25 [UNKNOWN] SS5 clutch