HistoryIn July 2012 the car was offered for sale at the Artcurial auction at Le Mans but failed to sell.
With the new 406, which appeared in 1995, Peugeot sought to demonstrate that the saloon could not only perform well as a road car, but also on the track. The firm from Sochaux decided to try its hand in the rigorous German Championship. This is where the car we are offering first entered the scene. It was prepared to compete in the German Supertouring Championship for the 1997 season.
The chassis was built by Peugeot Sport: major work was carried out on the body with the installation of a multi-tubular roll cage, front and rear competition suspension and Brembo 8 piston disc brakes. Work on the engine was carried out by renowned preparer PIPO: the 2-litre block with aluminium head produced 310 bhp and was mated with a 6-speed sequential gearbox. The owner has told us that this 406 Supertourisme then made its debut in 1997, driven by Laurent Aïello, up against the official BMW and Audi entries. With jaw-dropping results: in its first season, the car won the coveted competition. The following year, it finished second in the SUDAM championship in Latin America, driven by Juan Manuel Fangio Junior (the nephew...). The car finished off an amazing career in the French Championnat Supertourisme, again performing with brio. This time, William David won the Championship title in 1999 and 2000.
Here is a genuine factory car, with an outstanding racing provenance that has shown it is capable of terrific performances. It deserves its place on the podium.
However the majority of the catalogue description is incorrect. This car was used by William David in 1999/2000 French Championship but the earlier history as described actually belongs to chassis K06. That car was also run in the French series by Gémo Sport, which perhaps goes some way to explaining the confusion.
This car is actually earlier, 1996-built, chassis originally as a test car and then by Kronos Racing in the 1996 Belgian Procar series.