The Peugeot 905 Evolved Into A Two-Time Le Mans Winner Before It Helped Kill Group C Racing

The rise and fall of formulas and the championships they’re tied to is part of the cycle of life in the world of motorsport. Cars come and go, engineering is superseded, and the effects of financial pressures and rule changes can cause the demise of a series in seemingly the blink of an eye. Group C was one such category that’s no longer with us, and seemingly just after its peak popularity, the budgets were strained by a regulation shift that favored cars that were just too expensive for most teams to field, and so they began to disappear in the early ‘90s. But one of the last great success stories in Group C was also the very epitome of what went wrong. That car was the Peugeot 905.

The original 905 project was announced late in 1988, to be headed up by Jean Todt for Peugeot Talbot Sport, with the aim of having a finished car to compete in the 1991 World Sports Car Championship (WSC). After the demise of Group B rallying—which the French team was doing quite well in in the mid-‘80s,