The Group C Racing Association and Peter Auto are combining their know-how. In 2016, the grid will be present at each of the circuits on the French organiser’s calendar.
Peter Auto, which already has four remarkable historic racing grids, Classic Endurance Racing, Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and the Heritage Touring Cup, is widening its horizons even further with the arrival of Group C Racing in 2016. Up to now the sports prototypes of the 80s were invited to certain events like Spa-Classic and the Dix Mille Tours on an occasional basis. Henceforth, these incredible cars will be present at each event on the calendar as the Group C Racing Association and Patrick Peter have decided to unite their forces with the avowed intention of putting together a field of 25 cars on the European circuits – among them the Le Mans 24 Hours at Le Mans Classic!
In force from 1982 to 1993, the Group C regulations led to the creation of legendary cars that wrote some of the most glorious pages in the history of the Le Mans 24 hours and the Endurance World Championship. In the early years the Porsche 956s dominated despite stout resistance from the Lancia LC2s. Then the competition gradually became stronger with the momentum generated by the arrival of Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Nissan and Mazda when it reached its apogee. In addition to the major manufacturers, constructors like Cougar, Dome, Rondeau, Spice and WM were able to shine thanks to a clever interpretation of the very liberal regulations based on strict fuel consumtion limits. The fabulous Group C epoch ended in the early 90s after a brief period of cohabitation with the 3.5 sports prototypes (Peugeot 905, Jaguar XJR-14, Toyota TS010, etc.). It remains a true golden era for many endurance specialists.
LE MANS CLASSIC WITH THE GROUP C!
With their modern looks, their windscreens like fighter plane canopies, their doors in elytron and their huge rear wings, the Group Cs hold an irrestible fascination for people of all ages; they are still capable of performances very close to those of the present-day prototypes, as their top speeds exceed 300 km/h! They will certainly be the stars of the Peter Auto meetings whose 2016 calendar will be announced at the end of September and will include not-to-be-missed events like Spa-Classic, the Grand Prix de l’Age d’Or, the Dix Mille Tours and Le Mans Classic!