Peugeot 905: Time For Coffee?

Distinguished as Peugeot has been in international motorsport, it's unlikely that a V10 sportscar would be your first thought when discussing its racing past. The 205 T16 will probably come to mind, as will various rallying 306s and 206s, plus perhaps the 405s and 406s we saw in the BTCC. But a Le Mans sports prototype might take a bit of thinking of, and even then it'll likely be the 908 HDI FAP - Le Mans winner in 2009 - that jogs the memory.

But don't forget the 905! First seen in 1990 for the 1991 season (which brought in new rules), it turned out to be a tremendously successful Peugeot. In 1991 it scored consecutive one-twos at Magny-Cours and Mexico, in 1992 it won Le Mans and in 1993 - 25 years ago this year - the 905 scored a momentous 1-2-3 finish at the 24 Hours. Peugeot left sportscar racing after that victory, not returning for 14 years.

And what a car the 905 was. Using a 3.5-litre V10 (that went into F1 for 1994) making 650hp at 12,500rpm (!), the 905 was as fast as it was staggering to look at and listen to. Indeed, by the time of the 1993 Le Mans triumph, the Evo 1B car was making more than 700hp.

This little onboard video is our gesture to mark 25 years since the 905's final (and greatest) success. Of course it's the noise that's most beguiling, V10 wailing its way to 12,000rpm and beyond, but just look at how quick it is too. We're not talking 919 Evo levels here, of course, although the 905 did weigh less than 800kg. It's searingly rapid, be in no doubt.

Don't forget, either, that if you're sad cars like this don't race at Le Mans anymore, there's every possibility a 905 could be at Le Mans Classic again. Watch this vid and you'll see why the Peugeot might be worth the whole weekend away on its own...


[Image: LAT, additional 905 info from Wikipedia]

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  • vz-r_dave 26 Apr 2018

    How have we gone from this to diesels and 4 cylinders frown

  • Turbobanana 26 Apr 2018

    I went to Le Mans 1989-91 and by 1992 was a Peugeot salesman. Sadly I couldn't afford to go for a couple of years after that so I missed the 1-2-3.

    If anything the non-Evolution model looked even better, with almost-believable road car headlights and clearly heavily based on Peugeot's Proxima concept car from 1986. I still have a 1:43 scale model of it.

    They did sound good at full chat on the Mulsanne, too smile

  • pthelazyjourno 26 Apr 2018

    Always preferred this. Amazing cars.

  • Guy456 26 Apr 2018

    This brings back so many memories for me as I was there in 1993, my fourth Le Mans at that time. It was the Thursday practice and the first time I found my way to the Chinese restaurant on the Mulsanne Straight in the days you could watch track side just metres away from the cars. Watching the 905 (and similar Toyota’s) scream past then brake into the first chicane at night remains my most visceral motorsport experience and I’ve been to a few events over the years. Such a shame that health and safety has made it more difficult to see it now - although I have to concede that at one point I was lying on part of the restaurant’s corrugated iron roof that might have given way in a gust of wind! Those were great cars but Group C remains for me the high point for sports car racing.

  • LotusOmega375D 26 Apr 2018

    Imagine sharing the workload of racing that for 24 hours. Is that a 3 pedal manual or a sequential type gearchange?

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