Video: Big Turbo + FWD = No Grip, and One Wild Ride!

Big turbos rarely go well in road racing applications unless you’ve got some massive grip. This is not the case with this Peugeot 106—but that hasn’t stopped a couple of loony Italians from trying. After bolting a monstrous Precision turbo to the 16V motor, they’ve somehow managed to produce around 500 ponies to the front wheels. And, as you might imagine, that boost arrives in one big, hardly manageable wallop.

The front wheels, despite being wrapped in sticky track rubber, simply cannot put that power down once it comes on. It’s ferocious, and even when the wheel is pointing straight ahead, it can’t handle the biblical shove this little 1.6 produces! Running down the straight, the car torque steers violently and Sr. Grassi needs to do everything in his power to keep the little fire-breather on the track. However, when it does accelerate, is has no problems chasing down a couple Porsche 911s, even though they’re much faster at the corner exit. I mean, duh.

Yes, that is the turbo sticking out of the hood. And yes, that is the exhaust belching flame.

Yes, that is the turbo sticking out of the hood. And yes, that is the exhaust belching flame.

Needless to say, the power-on understeer seen here is incredibly hard to manage. Grassi has to man-handle the little Peugeot to keep it on the course, and with the constant feathering of the throttle to try and mitigate some of the wheelspin, he gets the rear end to begin to slide! Three laps in this machine should equate to about an hour spent lifting weights in the gym!

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Tommy Parry

Tommy Parry has been racing and writing about racing cars for the past seven years. As an automotive enthusiast from a young age, he worked jobs revolving around cars throughout high school, and tried his hand on the race track on his 20th birthday. After winning his first outdoor kart race, Tommy began working as an apprentice mechanic to amateur racers in the Bay Area to sharpen his mechanical understanding. He has worked as a track day instructor and automotive writer since 2012, and continues to race karts, formula cars, sedans, and rally cars in the San Francisco region.
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