Peugeot 106 Profile

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Peugeot 106 General Information

I refer you simply to the 106 groupA story to learn more about the 106 model and also to the 205 groupN/groupA stories in reference to the typical handling characteristics of this car and also the background to the "Rallye" model range, as the 106 Rallye 1.3 is technically identical with the 205 Rallye 1.3.

Certainly the Peugeot 106 is a fun car even for professionals. Or maybe part of the story is that I admire some of the Peugeot Cup bread drivers, who even when they reached stardom are not shy to revert to small category groupN cars for learning and testing - compare the following to Richard Burns competing on the Manx 1995 in a groupN 306 when he was long a Subaru WRC works driver! But talking 106, when Gilles Panizzi was long a works driver and an FRChamp and learned he had a very serious chance to become part of Peugeot's 206 WRC works team, Gilles was well aware that he had little gravel experience. Therefore Gilles decided to start the Rallye Finland 1998 in a private car, and he choose to do so in a groupN 106 Rallye 1.6!

But since I describe enough technicals in other Peugeot chapters, let's use this opportunity to explain in a different way the character and ability of the Peugeot 106 range in general.

The Peugeot 106 was maybe the last true fun hot hatch before cars started to be loaded with fun spoiling, heavy electronic driver aids. I reported in other Peugeot files (especially explaining the technical background in the 205 groupA story) how Peugeot has this torsion bar rear axle and how that makes these cars wildly oversteer with brilliant front grip and traction and crisp, direct steering. You can also follow and understand that transferring this into 309, 405 and 306 models, the longer wheel base you have and the less front heavy the car is, the less nervous the handling becomes. Well, since the 205 everything grew in wheelbase with more weight at the back. Not so the 106. Technology has become a bit more modern and fine tuned for sure, but if anything the 106 was shorter than the 205, with even less boot to carry weight on the rear axle. And this simply spells wild, oversteering fun, a small, crisp FWD car that made many reknown oversteering RWD cars look dull!

Yeah, the author has a soft spot for Peugeots, but I am not telling blindfolded fairy tales here. So let me point this story to one of the best entertaining car testers ever in one of the funniest and most classic car testing films: Jeremy Clarkson in "Apocalypse Clarkson":

The main story of this video/DVD icon is all about handling. How do you measure handling, how do you identify a car that has the best, rewarding handling and still is forgiving and driveable in safety? Not by the stop watch, you take the cars on the track and feel them! Jeremy did just that, and to make double sure he invited BTCC star Tim Harvey and our known Richard Burns to do the same tests and compare verdicts and feelings. Cars lined up for the test included the all elctronic Nissan Skyline R32, Porsche 911, Volkswagen Golf VR6, BMW M3 (E36), two models Ferrari, Lotus Elise, Honda NSX and the Peugeot 106 S16 of course.

With some of the cars it was surprising easy to kick them out. The Volkswagen Golf is the biggest understeerer on this planet, plus everything spongy and soggy and no traction. The Porsche is difficult and unforgiving when nearing the limit. The Nissan Skyline was the fastest car of all in a full track lap, but its electronic gizmos kept interfearing nastily with whatever fun the driver tried to have. In the end a Ferrari won, with the 106 2nd and the Lotus 3rd, but you couldn't help feeling that the test drivers' hearts saw the 106 as the spiritual winner. Richard Burns: "There is only one perfect car out there, and that is the 106!" Tim Harvey: "The 106 is the car you would steal of your 18 year old daughter!" And Jeremy Clarkson even admitted: "These are professional drivers and they just don't wanna see sense, me, I have to explain to them that the cheapest car out here cannot win a test against cars 10 times its price!"

And if that is not convincing enough, the 205 GTI has become a legend for probably the best fun hot hatch ever. But several guys from Peugeot Cups in UK and France agreed the 106 even tops the legend for fun.

So, if you want to have fun on the rally stages, consider the 106, even if it is in standard spec!

Peugeot 106 Related Content

Peugeot 106 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.3 (96-22) 100/7500 110/4000 3578.1588.1367 795 (7.95) FWD (2360)
Peugeot 106 Rallye 1.6 (00-22) 103/6200 120/4000 3678.1588.1376 868 (8.4) FWD (2360)
Peugeot 106 S16 (96-22) 118/6600 145/4500 3678.1588.1376 990 (8.4) 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
45th. 2008 IRC Ypres Rally D. Verbeke G. Pauchet #100 [UNKNOWN] 3:20:35.4
29th. 2007 IRC Rallye du Valais S. Carron L. Revaz #107 [UNKNOWN] 3:11:25.5
34th. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya E. Ojeda . UNKNOWN #83 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Blasquez . UNKNOWN #102 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
40th. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Sola . UNKNOWN #104 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo D. Elena O. Campana #110 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
33rd. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya E. Ojeda . UNKNOWN #92 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
35th. 1998 WRC Rally of Finland G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #71 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya D. Nafria A. Sanchis #67 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
32nd. 1996 WRC Rallye Catalunya M. Fuster J. Medina #78 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
36th. 1994 WRC Rally of Finland A. Kent . UNKNOWN #88 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
53rd. 1994 WRC Rally of Great Britain A. Kent . UNKNOWN #161 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Peugeot 106 Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya E. Ojeda . UNKNOWN #101 [UNKNOWN] SS6 ?
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo N. Bernardi . UNKNOWN #105 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash