Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Motorsports Style: Peugeot 206 WRC

John Marine | 12/07/2010 01:43:00 AM |
The blue lion of Peugeot roared loudly in rally with the 206 WRC starting in 1999. This car was the successor of the 205 Rally cars from the Group B days. It won the FIA World Rally Driver's Championship in 2000 and 2002 (both by Marcus Grönholm) as well as winning three successive FIA World Raly Constructor's championships between 2000 and 2002. It was named Rally Car of the Year in 2002. It didn't matter where the World Rally Championship raced- whether the Safari Rally (when it used to be a WRC stage), the Monte Carlo Rally, the Rally Finland, the brutal Acropolis Rally, the Rally Sweden, or wherever... the 206 WRC is perhaps one of the greatest rally cars of the modern era. And for some reason, I've loved racing the 206 WRC in various racing games because it handled so beautifully. I best remember Marcus Grönholm piloting this French beauty around the World Rally Championship rallies. Grönholm even won the 2000 WRC World Championship. While another French manufacturer is ruling the rally racing scene, Peugeot is one of the best, and "the best" describes even this car.

This blog is how I think about the 206 WRC from its looks.

--- Motorsports Style: The Peugeot 206 WRC ---
Here is a look at this car:
Peugeot 206 WRC
^ from: damox.com - Peugeot takes its 206 WRC in action on tarmac.

To me, the Peugeot 206 WRC is one of my all-time favorite rally cars. This car handles great in various racing games that I've played. The blue lion roars loudly in rallying with this car. It was just too bad a more beautiful replacement, the 307... didn't fare so well. The Peugeot 206 WRC is a wonderful rally car. It debuted in 1999, retired in 2003 from much tougher competition, and was replaced by the beautiful Peugeot 307 WRC in 2004. Unfortunately, the 307 WRC proved severely a non-factor.

The Peugeot 206 WRC features some cat-like style up front. The sharp headlights of the 206 WRC offer a fierce, yet stylish appearance up front. The huge front air dam under the headlights can be thought of more like the mouth of this beautiful hatchback beast. The 206 WRC's aerodynamic beauty can be appreciated as you look from the sides. Not as many aggressive details accentuate the sides unless you account for the roof scoop and the rally car spoiler. A nice set of five-spoke wheels compliment this rally car nicely. From the rear, the 206 WRC doesn't intimidate anyone (except for its huge spoiler). A fairly modest rear muffler compliments the rear on the left side.

I usually offer interior views, but since you don't normally see interior views (and since it's not likely any average folk will pilot certain race cars), I'll leave this blank.

This is one of the best rally cars of this decade (2001-2010) as well as for the previous one (1991-2000). Peugeot is now trying to get its international success with sportscar racing. The Peugeot 908 HDi FAP will be replaced with a newer model along with whatever Audi will have to replace its R15 TDI Plus. Still, Peugeot built themselves a wonderful rally car when the 206 WRC came along.

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