Peugeot is a brand with a history very curious, but since that was consolidated as brand of cars, the French firm has understood that the motor sports are a solid basis on which to assess and promote their products. Your story competitive, has been forged through the department of Peugeot Sport, which has accumulated international successes in various disciplines from more than 30 years ago. WRC, Dakar, Pikes Peak, or Le Mans have been only four major scenarios that have conquered the the riders of the mark at the controls of the most modern machines.
The first great triumph of Peugeot Sport arrived in the World Rally. We have to put in the season 1985 the WRC when the finn Timo Salonen won the drivers title at the wheel of a Peugeot 205 Turbo 16, vehicle with the one that won the championship a year after Juha Kankkunen. Nearly a decade later and with the Peugeot 206 WRC, Peugeot won three consecutive championships in the WRC (2000, 2001 and 2002), thanks to the role of Marcus Gronholm and Richard Burns. Also in rally, Peugeot Sport scored the title of the IRC in 2007, 2008 and 2009 with Peugeot 207 S2000.
the Fruit of that passion for the rallies, Peugeot Sport achieved success in categories parallel and in which he used vehicles similar to those that triumphed in the WRC. In this way, the firm won the Dakar in 1987 and 1988 with Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen at the wheel of the Peugeot 205 Turbo 16 and he also scored the victory in the Dakar, 1989, and 1990 with the Peugeot 405 Turbo 16, both victories added by Ari Vatanen. The pilot himself to the Finnish left one of the most iconic images in the history of the win the edition of 1988 and 1989 of Pikes Peak with the 405 Turbo 16.
Victories in circuits are not lacking as shown by the wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1992 and 1993, the Peugeot 905, the title added in the Super Tourenwagen Cup for Laurent Aiello at the wheel of a Peugeot Esso 406 in 1997 or more recently the win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2009 with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, car that carried Marc Gené to be the first Spanish rider to win at Le mans. Although there is no doubt that the end of the decade of the 80’s and early 90’s was the most glorious of Peugeot Sport, their fans are living a new youth.
Peugeot Sport lives a new dawn after step up its sports programs in the last decade, and the result is the triumph at Pikes Peak 2013, with record of Sébastien Loeb at the wheel of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. In this line the brand has annotated the title teams of the World Rallycross in 2015 and what is more important, has managed to win back in the Dakar 2016 thanks to the role of Stéphane Peterhansel with the Peugeot 2008 DKR16. What will be the next success of Peugeot Sport?