Peugeot 306 Profile

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Peugeot 306 General Information

The Peugeot 306 was already in its more civilised S16 version a good car. The 306 S16 WRC debut was on the 1994 Rally GB in the hands of Martin Rowe. And if this may surprise you, you may find it even more surprising that the car finished 14th overall, which to the date is Martin Rowe's best finish on the Rally GB and 3rd best WRC result ever - after all a BRC & PWRC winning driver. And in 1995 Peugeot won the official 2-Litre World Championship for Makes, thanks to privateers using the 306 S16. Only once that year a 306 Maxi was entered in an F2-World Championship event: for Bernard Beguin on the Rally San Remo and he wrote off this brand new 23 LJK 75 very early and was never seen in a works Peugeot again.

It didn't take long for Peugeot to create a car to the new F2 Kit Car rules based on the promising 306 S16. By the French Championship Rallye Alsace-Vogues 1995 the new 306 Maxi debuted and everybody just loved it. It was so wide that a stage had to be shortened because the 306 Maxi was wider than a bridge near the stage finish! And it was screaming like mad - but a lovely, dark noise - because the 306 Maxi engine was designed in line with the 406 STW touring car engine. But other than the touring car, no maximum rev rules applied to the 306 Maxi rally car and Peugeot Sport duely managed to let the thing rev beyond 10,000rpm without demolishing its reliability - which makes the claimed figure of near WRCar like 300BHP quite believable.

And yes, of course it performed well. Probably every single person involved was surprised how well this car could perform. When the car debuted at the Alsace-Vogues 1995, there was a fair number of A8 turbo 4x4 cars in the event, so not so surprisingly Fabien Doenlen in the unknown Peugeot F2 car was seeded at #38 - but incredibly came home 2nd overall, pushing eventual winner Patrick Bernardini in his fresh works Escort Cosworth all the way to the finish line!

And this wasn't just a flash of brilliance either, while Peugeot Sport as well isn't exactly the team to rest on their laurels. With the time more and more F2 Kit Cars appeared, like Volkswagen Golf, Opel Astra, Hyundai Coupé, but wherever they met the 306 Maxi, they just weren't in the same league (with the exception of the Citroen Xsara, that was technically identical to the 306). The 306 Maxi was, not the only time for a Peugeot project, completely dominating the competition it was designed for. In fact it was closer to the WRCars than to its category opposition.

The most shocking case probably was the 1998 Tour de Corse, when Francois Delecour came 2nd, only a matter of seconds behind Colin McRae's Subaru Impreza WRC but in turn i.e. over 16 minutes ahead of Martin Rowe's F2 Renault Mégane or over 17 minutes ahead of Alister McRae's F2 Hyundai Coupé Kit Car! In fact Francois was beaten by Colin by only a few seconds, and that in mostly wet conditions and with a question mark over the legality of the tyres Subaru used.

Another shocker should have been Rally Portugal 1998. The 306 Maxi never went through serious gravel development and Adruzilo Lopez was not the most famous name. Also works F2 cars as Seat Ibiza KC, Volkswagen Golf Kit Car, Hyundai Coupé KC and Nissan Almera Kit Car all made it to the finish, but the 306 Maxi won F2 by 12 minutes!

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Incredible the F2 category was killed by its high costs. But now that we have S2000, which are F2 kit cars with 4x4, maybe some should re-consider what really is creating high cost and less spectacle. The 306 Maxi story took a new twist when mid-season 2007 Eric Mauffrey lead the French Rally Championship in a Peugeot 306 Maxi. Eventually he was beaten by 3 Peugeot 307 WRC. But once again it was proven that even 12 years after its introduction the F2 Peugeot 306 Maxi was closer to the WRCars than to any other category. S2000 cars couldn't even get near the results. And the 306 Maxi with 2WD = less grip and less cost, plus its high screaming engine, was huge fun for drivers and spectators alike.

This had a major impact on the market. While the days of Peugeot WRCars are numbered, during 2007 Peugeot Sport with the help of satellite teams received the orders for more 306 Maxi. At this time 95 of them have been produced. While generally there are only 2 Evos of 306 Maxi, the engine has now received its 9th upgrade and is even beyond 300BHP!

With this new twist, in 2008 again a Peugeot 306 Maxi leads all WRCars and the French Championship outright by mid season, this time Patrick Augouyard, who eventually is beaten to the title following a non-rally related late season injury.
 

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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 Maxi Evo1 (95-00) 296/10000 260/8700 3995.1835.1330 960 (3.4) FWD (2600)
Peugeot 306 Maxi Evo2 (97-00) 308/11000 265/8900 3995.1835.1330 960 (3.2) FWD (2600)

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Peugeot 306 Results

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
15th. 2004 WRC Cyprus Rally S. Savva . UNKNOWN #85 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
18th. 2002 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol S. de Castelli #102 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 2000 WRC Rallye Catalunya R. Travaglia F. Zanella #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 2000 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol S. de Castelli #45 [UNKNOWN] 4:17:53.3
11th. 2000 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia F. Zanella #41 [UNKNOWN] 3:56:18.3
16th. 1999 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Lopes L. Lisboa #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
12th. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya L. Monzon J. Deniz #22 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #16 [UNKNOWN] 4:39:24
10th. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Delecour D. Grataloup #14 [UNKNOWN] 4:40:2.2
12th. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Lopes L. Lisboa #18 [UNKNOWN] 4:43:55.2
17th. 1998 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Henny A. Brand #25 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1998 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Lopes L. Lisboa #19 [UNKNOWN] 4:40:49.3
6th. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #15 [UNKNOWN] 4:20:44
8th. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya F. Delecour D. Grataloup #12 [UNKNOWN] 4:21:24.6
14th. 1998 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Lopes L. Lisboa #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
2nd. 1998 WRC Tour de Corse F. Delecour D. Grataloup #14 [UNKNOWN] 4:03:14.1
4th. 1998 WRC Tour de Corse G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #10 [UNKNOWN] 4:03:23
11th. 1998 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol D. Savignoni #28 [UNKNOWN] 4:15:31.3
5th. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #14 [UNKNOWN] 4:37:55.7
14th. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia F. Zanella #43 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
10th. 1997 WRC Rallye de Portugal A. Lopes L. Lisboa #16 [UNKNOWN] 5:13:42
3rd. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #11 [UNKNOWN] 4:11:55
7th. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Azcona J. Billmaier #16 [UNKNOWN] 4:16:28
3rd. 1997 WRC Tour de Corse G. Panizzi H. Panizzi #7 [UNKNOWN] 4:31:46
4th. 1997 WRC Tour de Corse F. Delecour D. Grataloup #9 [UNKNOWN] 4:32:03

Peugeot 306 Retirements

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

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 2001 WRC Cyprus Rally C. Cyprianou . UNKNOWN #55 [UNKNOWN] SS12 suspension
Ret. 2000 WRC Cyprus Rally C. Cyprianou . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] SS21 suspension
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia F. Zanella #34 [UNKNOWN] SS10 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye San Remo A. Lopes L. Lisboa #35 [UNKNOWN] SS11 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol S. de Castelli #38 [UNKNOWN] SS17 crash
Ret. 1999 WRC Rallye Catalunya A. Lopes L. Lisboa #18 [UNKNOWN] SS14 crash
Ret. 1998 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Delecour D. Grataloup #11 [UNKNOWN] SS17 fuel pump
Ret. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya F. Delecour D. Grataloup #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 withdrawn - car needed illegal push start, completed stages for testing - 5th