HistoryPeugeot’s unique 806 people-carrier may have never been officially recognised as a SuperTourer but it is still worthy of inclusion here. The idea came from Peugeot’s Belgium division to build a car to the local Procar regulations and enter it in the 1995 Spa-Francorchamps 24 hours, with Kronos Racing being tasked to build and run the car. The car featured suspension and running gear borrowed from a 1993 Class II 405 Mi16 whilst under the bonnet the engine block from a Group A rally 306 was mated to 405 Supertouring cylinder head, albeit fitted with longer lasting steel valves rather than the usual lighter titanium ones.
Initially the car was greeted with some scepticism and even calls for it to be banned from the event. Some suggesting that the monospace structure and high centre of gravity would make the car too dangerous. Eventually the RACB, Belgium’s motorsports governing body, declared that the car did meet all the technical requirements of Procar Division 2 (effectively FIA Class 2) and should be allowed to race.
Once on the track the car soon silenced many of it’s critics, qualifying 12th on the grid, 3rd quickest in it’s class. In the race any hopes of a good result were soon curtailed when the car was forced to stop with both brake and oil pump problems within the first hour. A string of mechanical failures followed, including bearings, differential and engine mount, before the engine finally expired less than ten hours into the race.