Peugeot 206 RC N3 is a rally car based on the now famous 206, which has an enviable competitive reputation. Towards the end of the 1990s, the renowned French carmaker decided to end its thirteen-year absence from the WRC, which began with the withdrawal of the 205 from Group A. To that end, they produced a special series of vehicles based on their new hatchback model. Initially called the Peugeot 206 WRC, this car was used by Peugeot’s factory team for the next four years. From 2000 to 2002, he brought them three consecutive team championship titles, and Finnish rally driver Marcus “Bosse” Grönholm won the World Championship twice. The next generations of Group N vehicles are based on the Peugeot 206 RC, a sporty version of the model that was included in the 2003 offer.
The Model 206 was a kind of turning point for Peugeot, as it was launched at a time of a kind of city car revolution. The French manufacturer had to find an answer to the competition, which had a lot to offer in that range of vehicles. The result is one of the most popular compact cars in history, which has won over many drivers with its design and practicality. The Peugeot 206 RC was supposed to satisfy fans of sporty driving - instead of the standard 1.4, a 2.0-liter atmospheric engine was introduced, which develops 177 hp. When front-wheel drive is added to this, the ride becomes noticeably livelier than with the base model. On the other hand, the standard ABS and ESP curb its sporty temperament, making the RC closer to its city cousin than supercars.
Although the 206 sports line does not fall into the category of wild car beasts, it still offers more than a decent basis for a successful rally car. The 2.0-liter atmosphere is a great start, which with processing and with the help of additional electronic components can easily develop as much as 200 hp. However, one should be careful because of the strict regulations of group N, which is rigorous when it comes to engine tuning. By reducing the interior to the basic elements, the car will lose weight and thus gain fantastic power-to-weight ratios. The construction of the 206 itself gives excellent predispositions for racing and there is no need to work on it. Since used Peugeot 206 RCs can be found on sale at very reasonable prices, even with subsequent tuning and adaptation to the prescribed rules, we remain within cost-effective limits.
With the necessary knowledge and skills and some patience, the RC can be successfully transformed into a winning rally car. However, the factory Peugeot 206 RC N3 still represents a higher level - behind it in the signature is a sports team from Peugeot Sport. On this model, we can find a whole range of components, the subsequent installation of which would be a slightly larger procedure. So let's go in order. The 2.0L 16V naturally aspirated engine develops a solid 187 hp here. The suspension is Ohlins, adjustable in three points, and the brakes are standard with the RC version, along with Carbone Lorraine racing brake pads. Peugeot Sport also took care of quick shifting by installing a five-speed doggbox transmission. Upgraded features also include a protective cage and fire extinguishing system, a Peugeot sport exhaust system and racing seats with H-belts.
Although there is not much deviation from the 206 in the view itself, as we can see on city roads, racing the N3 is a completely different driving experience. Light weight (about 1t) combined with front-wheel drive and a powerful 2.0 engine makes this car significantly faster than its ancestor, who does best in slow city driving. The redesigned exhaust system delivers a characteristic penetrating sound, which occurs at every touch of gas. On flat terrain, good acceleration is evident, while on macadam tracks, the N3 will be on average more stable than its competitors thanks to its compact body and adjustable suspension. As for the size of the wheels, 17 "is recommended for asphalt speeds, while 15" will better suit the conditions on macadam.
Our team can boast of a Peugeot Sport 206 of group N which was ready to continue straight from the factory to the rally track. In addition to the vehicle being 100% homologated, it is equipped with an integrated camera and radio connection. It drives on regular fuel, without losing any of its sporty dynamism. With 17 "wheels, it is a great choice for asphalt racing. The car once belonged to Slavko Komel, the Slovenian rally champion. If you want to use it for competitions, we can conveniently provide you with a rental service. This vehicle is also available at the Racing Academy - there you will have the support of our instructor Dario Šamec, who won mountain and rally competitions with the 206.