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Historic date Sunday, April 17, 2016

Nice movie about one of the Group B cult cars.

Presenatation of the Peugeot 205 T16 in 1983

To homologate the 205 T16 ("Turbo 16" in France) Group B rally car, Peugeot had to produce 200 road-going examples. According to the Group B regulations, these had to be based on a current production road car. Peugeot decided to base the Group B rally car on the two door version of the 205. The engine was based on the cast iron block of the Diesel version of the then new XU engine family, albeit with a specially developed 16-valve head. The gearbox came from the Citroen SM but was mounted transversely. The car had all wheel drive. The body was built by Heuliez, where standard three door bodyshells from the production line were delivered and heavily modified. Heuliez cut off the complete rear of the car and welded in a transverse firewall between the B-posts. The rear frame was then built in a mixture of sheet steel profiles and tubes. The front was modified in a similar way with a tube frame carrying the front suspension. The completed bodies were delivered to Simca (Talbot) for the 200-series production cars and to Peugeot Talbot Sport for the competition versions. All street versions (VINs P1 to P200) were left hand drive and identically kitted out in dark grey colour, except the first (VIN P1) that was painted white and carried all the competition cars’ decoration for demonstration purposes. The competition cars of the first evolution series (VIN C1 to C20) were built at the sport department Peugeot Talbot Sport and presented to the public at the same day as the standard street version. Later competition vehicles of the Evolution 2 series (VIN C201 to C220) were built differently as the rear spaceframe had no more sheet steel profiles in it but was completely made from tubes only.

Apart from the appearance, the road variants had practically nothing in common with the regular production model and shared the transverse mid-engine, four-wheel drive layout of the rally car, but had less than half the power; at around 200 PS (147 kW; 197 hp). The T was for Turbo; the 16 stands for 16 valves.[12] Outwardly similar to a normal 205, the T16 had wider wheel arches, and the whole rear section lifted up to give access to the engine. Underneath, the complex drivetrain from the rally car was kept to abide by the Group B rules In addition to the Group B model, the lesser 205 GTI was also FIA approved for competition in the Group N and Group A categories.

Peugeot Talbot Sport's factory 205 T16s under Jean Todt were the most successful cars to compete in the last two years of the World Rally Championship's Group B era, winning the 1985 and 1986 Constructors' and Drivers' titles with Timo Salonen and Juha Kankkunen respectively against such notable competition from Audi, Lancia and Ford, with an Evolution 2 model being introduced for the latter of those two seasons

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Historic date Wednesday, January 31, 1979

In keeping with Andy Warhol’s view of art, a car as a rolling work of art is more typical than unusual. Anybody who declares soup cans to be a work of art or suggest closing a whole department store and keeping it as a museum for posterity must be unable to sense any conflict between functional technology and free artistic composition. The studio therefore became a “factory,” and the dichotomy between sophisticated art and everyday life was virtually eliminated.

“I adore the car, it’s much better than a work of art.”

— Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol set about work in an equally unabashed manner after being commissioned to transform a BMW M1 into a BMW Art Car as he thought best. All the other artists who had previously decorated BMW racing cars had done so by painting a draft version on a scaled-down model; this was then transposed to the actual car by assistants under the artist’s supervision. Warhol, however, was the first to paint everything himself. By transferring his ideas to the car in this spontaneous and direct manner, he could clearly stamp his own character on it.

The first and only time this rolling work of art took part in a race was at the Le Mans 24-Hour Race in 1979. It was driven by Manfred Winkelhock from the Federal Republic of Germany and the Frenchman Herve Poulain and Marcel Mignot. They finished sixth overall and second in their class.


About the artist :

The name Andy Warhol is nowadays almost synonymous with pop art. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA) in 1928, he studied from 1945 to 1949 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, and immediately after this started a career as a successful graphic artist in the advertising sector.

His work went on display as early as 1952 in New York. In 1956 he received the coveted “Art Directors Club Award.” At his legendary “Factory,” at which he employed a whole team of workers, classic art concepts were negated and overturned in an unprecedented manner.

His “mass productions” of prominent faces became well known, as well as painted trivialities such as soup tins and Coca-Cola bottles. Warhol died in 1987 in New York. Two years after his death, the Museum of Modern Art dedicated a full retrospective exhibition to him.

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Historic date Thursday, January 30, 1986

Reliant (based in Tamworth, UK) made more than just the Robin, Kitten and the (nice)Scimitar! Due to the long history of working with composite bodies and the skill of the work and engineer force, Ford motorsport charged them with the task of building their planned Group B monstarr, The RS 200. 200 homoglation specials of the car they planned to blitz the group B scene with, had to be built to meet the regulations of the time.

Due to the fact Richard Grinham lives in Tamworth and his neighbour who  worked for reliant, he did receive  some real fantastic production information.  His neighbour was a line engineer on the full production run of (road) RS200's and he happened to have a camera to hand!  The following pictures were all taken over the production run from the start to the very end and show some !

Special tanks to :

Pictures taken by  Richard Grinham

Midlands,  United Kingdom 

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Historic date Saturday, January 30, 2016

The Ford RS 200 was an all-wheel drive car built specifically for rallying in the Group B category, and with it, Ford aimed to beat Audi's Quattro and once more become the dominant force in rallying they had been with the Escort. The new car had a fibreglass body, built by Reliant, and it was powered by a turbocharged 1.8 litre engine built by Cosworth, that generated in excess of 400 bhp in race trim. It never had chance to gain the laurels it was aimed for, however, as in 1986, the FIA abolished Group B rally cars, owing the danger they posed both to spectators and competitors. This film shows an early example in the hands of Swedish rally ace

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Historic date Thursday, June 5, 2014

Top Gear's 'fastest' car as new weapon to deter speeding motorists for the somerset Police.

It already holds the record for the quickest lap round the Top Gear track but  the Ariel Atom has become the world’s fastest panda car.

Avon and Somerset police force has taken delivery of one of the cars which has been painted in the force livery and fitted with special aerodynamic blue lights.

The vehicle, which looks more like a Formula One racing machine, rather than traditional road car, is thought to be the quickest police car in the world, able to outrun the Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4 Polizia used by Italian officers, the Audi R8 driven by German police, and the Ferrari FF used in Dubai.

Avon and Somerset Police borrowed the Atom from local manufacturer Ariel for the summer while it promotes a new road safety campaign aimed at slowing down speeding motorcyclists.

It is hoped the eye-catching machine will dissuade bikers from riding dangerously as it is displayed at promotional events across the south west.

Andy Parsons, a Roads Policing Sergeant, who is involved in the project said: “I am really excited that Ariel has joined with us to bring Project SAFER RIDER to fruition, and I hope that the use of the Ariel PL1 with have a positive impact to promote Road Safety.

“To be safe, rider and machine need to work in harmony. When this happens it feels immediately right. When it doesn't, things go wrong. Too many injuries and deaths are the result of rider error.”

Simon Saunders, Director of Ariel said: “Our business is about going fast, very fast, but there is a time and a place.

“The Atom is designed to be driven to a racetrack, where you can drive to your limits in safety and in a professional environment designed for the purpose. The road really isn't the place to explore your or your vehicle's limits.”

Motorcyclists are currently 35 times more likely to be killed in a road collision.

While the car, which weighs just 612kg, is capable of keeping up with many high power road bikes, there are no plans to use it in operational police duties.

source : The Telegraph


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Historic date Friday, May 9, 1975

Thinking about painting your car ?

BMW hired world's most famous artist to do it with their cars.

BMW made from 1975 untill now 16 unique art cars.

Enjoy the movie about " the making of art cars"

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