Peugeot 405 Turbo T16 GR Pikes Peak Rally motosport
The Peugeot 405 is a large family car released by the French automaker Peugeot in July 1987, and which continues to be manufactured under licence outside France. It was voted European Car of the Year for 1988 by the largest number of votes in the history of the contest About 2.5 million vehicles have been sold worldwide, both in LHD & RHD, as a sedan and station wagon.
Its appearance is similar to the Alfa Romeo 164, launched the same year and also styled by Pininfarina. While the 405 shares its bottom plate with the Citroën BX, it does not have that car's hydropneumatic suspension. As with the BX, the 405 used TU/XU petrol and XUD diesel engines.
The 405 was the last Peugeot vehicle sold in the United States, on sale between 1988 and 1991, including the Mi16.
A prototype rally-raid
version named 405 Turbo 16 and derived from the sedan twice won the
Paris-Dakar rally in 1989 and 1990. It was based on the mechanics of the
205 Turbo 16.
A version derived from the 405 T16 called the 405 Turbo 16 Pikes Peak, also won the eponymous race the two years that it participated in 1988 and 1989. It also became very famous thanks to the film Climb Dance which traces the ascent of 'Ari Vatanen at the Pikes Peak. It has the XU9T engine of 1 905 cc with turbo-compressor developing not less than 540 hp.
Juan María Traverso won his sixth and last Argentine 2000 TC 2000 championship with Peugeot Sport in Argentina.
A Procar version based on the 405 MI16 is aligned in different championship Supertourism (France, Belgium, ...) in 1994 and 1995. Laurent Aiello won the French Supertourist championship in 1994. It will leave his place at The 406 Procar.
- 1988: Finnish driver Ari Vatanen set a new record in the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb (an award winning film of the drive titled Climb Dance was made by Jean Louis Mourey). Kankkunen and Piironen win the Paris-Dakar Rally in the 405 T16 GR.
- 1989: Victory in the Paris-Dakar rally by the Vatanen-Ickx team in a 405 T16 GR.
- 1990: Victory in the Paris-Dakar rally by the Vatanen-Berglund team in a 405 T16 GR.