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2005 Peugeot 307 WRC

For the start of the 2005 season the Peugeot 307 WRC replaced the 206 WRC which had already won multiple manufacturers' and drivers' championships in the World Rally Championship. The car was plagued by early season problems mainly in the transmission area, it had been affectionately nicknamed "The Flying Frog" and "The Whale". It only began to come into its element in competition towards the end of its factory-supported participation in the WRC. In total it has three WRC victories to its name, but its competitive life was cut short at the end of 2005 by the decision of the manufacturers to withdraw both Citroën and Peugeot from top-level rallying. It had rally wins in the series on the 2004 and 2005 Neste Rally Finland as well as in the 2005 Rally Japan. All these victories were at the hands of double world drivers' champion Marcus Grönholm. In 2006 a private undertaking by seasoned Peugeot preparatory firm Bozian Racing, or otherwise known as OMV Peugeot Norway World Rally Team, largely assumed responsibility for the running of WRC-spec 307s. Manfred Stohl and Henning Solberg were named as the driving personnel, with Stohl placing fourth in the overall drivers' standings.

Sadly the 307 will be remembered for the accident that befell WRC competitors Markko Märtin and Michael Park on September 18, 2005, which resulted in co-driver Park's death. On stage 15 of Wales Rally GB, Märtin lost control of his 307 WRC and collided with a tree, killing Park instantly. This was the first fatality in a WRC event since 1993.

This build is of the 2005 works car driven by Marcus Grönholm. It is largely built OOB with a few p/e extras and details added. Also added were a set of night stage spotlights from the Heller kit of the same car.

Details added:

  • Replaced plastic parts with photo-etch as follows;
    Windscreen Wipers
    Mirror lenses
    Front Peugeot badge
    Gear Selector
    Steering Wheel Paddle
    Brake Discs
    Bonnet and Hatch Fasteners
  • Added photo-etch/decals as follows;
    Front and rear towing hooks
    Front Radiator Grill
    Driver Pedals & footrest
    Co-driver footrest
    Bonnet Rally plate & number
    Mobile Phone & Holder
    Rivets & Bolt heads on body
  • Scratch built adds ons as follows;
    Interior Wiring
  • Extras;
    'Marlboro' decal set
    Studio 27 Seat Belt webbing
    Night stage front spotlights (taken from Heller kit)
Scale 1/24
Kit Manufacturer
Grade-up Parts Crazy Modeler
Bodywork paint Tamiya TS-49 Bright Red & Halfords Gloss Appliance White
Year 2005
Driver Marcus Grönholm
Event Monte Carlo Rally
Date Completed October 2012

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