How a troubled racer became the last great Group C car
After conquering the World Rally Championship in Group B, Peugeot's move into Group C 30 years ago wasn't without its problems. Our technical expert looks back at his time as part of the 905 programme and how it evolved to become a Le Mans great
During the 1990 German Grand Prix, I bumped into Keke Rosberg, whom I had known for several years - we had worked together during our Fittipaldi and McLaren days in Formula 1. Keke had been hired by Peugeot to drive the new 905 Group C sportscar but, as he confided to me, it was a bit of a disaster and was in need of some serious engineering input. Would I be interested in going to help out with the project?
At the time I was Gerhard Berger's race engineer at McLaren and was coming to the end of a seven-year period with the team. Was this the itch I needed to immerse myself in a different project? Unfortunately, about a year or so earlier, I had been to see Ron Dennis about the engineers having proper signed contracts, to which he agreed.
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