As a tradition I’m sharing a contender of the greatest rally raid in the world during the event itself: Paris-Dakar! Last year it was the LWB 205 T16 Grand Raid, this year it’s the Citroën ZX Rallye Raid. Which in fact was the successor of the 205T16 Grand Raid’s successor, the 405T16.
Sure it was a Citroën in stead of a Peugeot but come on: even Ari Vatanen, “mr. Turbo Sixteen” him self (WRC, Paris Dakar, Pike’s Peak all in 205/405 T16s) made a transfer to Citroën Sport. I bet more of the staff working on the 205/405s made that transfer.
I couldn’t really find out how many mechanical parts were re-used though, at least the engine was an entire different unit: a XU15 4-banger with a capacity of 2499 cc. With a turbo of course and a real low compression rate of 6,7:1, probably to be able to run on the worst fuel imaginable.
Still good for over 300hp but don’t expect stratospheric speeds with a weight of almost 1500 kgs. Slightly over 200km/h. It came with a manual 7 speed so I can imagine accelleration was okay with these.
And it always amazes me we all remember that 205 as well as we do. As it only competed for a few years, while this one was out racing for 8 seasons. And won a lot. A LOT! Four Paris-Dakar wins and it scored decent in the newly set up FIA Cross-Country Rally World Cup.
This championship started in 1993. And Citroën won the first five (5!) of those with this ZX. And yet the sporty imagine mainly is for it’s concern partner Peugeot...
The model is from the same line as the 205 shown last year is: a Norev in 1/43.
They used the ZX used in the 1996 Granada–Dakar (Paris-Dakar isn’t from Paris to Dakar every year as you all know) Rally. With their #201 driver Pierre Lartigue and his navigator Michel Perin (both French) won the event finishing over an hour in front of the #2: another ZX Rallye Raid.
And the last few years the PSA group again is pretty active in the greatest raid of all. After Mini/BMW dominating for a few years Peugeot got in the win again from 2016 with Stéphane Peterhansel behind the wheel (winning 2016/2017) and this year Carlos Sainz is up in the lead. In front of Peterhansel.
And that’s it for this week. Bon Week-End!