So after some completely non-exhaustive testing (about a dozen runs on the downhill hairpin stage in Greece, plus a couple of long runs in Scotland), I’ve decided my chosen ride shall be…(drum roll please)
The Peugeot 205 T16.
Yes, you read that right, the guy who was complaining about turbo lag has chosen the car with quite possibly the biggest boost gauge in game. Why did I not go with the Lancia, you may ask?
It’s all about the handling. First up, the Audi and Ford were out almost immediately as they just felt too ponderous and understeery. The little Metro was nice but just didn’t have enough oomph behind it. After that it was down to the Lancia and Pug.
After running the Greek stage a few times, which I know quite well, I just couldn’t quite figure out which one I wanted to run. The Lancia does have the advantage of better throttle response, as you can’t catch it off boost, but sometimes it just didn’t feel right in the corners. The Pug, conversely, felt better from a handling point of view, and the boost actually isn’t an issue when you’re up above second gear. For the hairpins you can be stuck in a well with no boost, but other than that, it’s quite drivable.
So I decided to take each of them to the longest stage in Scotland for the final test. I don’t know Scotland as well, so it’s a better test for the whole series. Immediately, I found that the Lancia just wasn’t going to cut it. Conversely to @Aginor, it’s too stable for me. Most of the time, especially in the slow speed stuff, the nose just pushed too much and I couldn’t get it pointed in. In the higher speed sections it still had some understeer, and the problem was that by the time you manhandle it enough to get the car rotated, it will rotate too far and spin. So I was stuck with either understeer or spin, or a very narrow middle ground of good rotation that was just too trick to hit reliably.
The Pug, on the other hand, has beautiful handling. Give it a little nudge into the corners and it will gracefully drift through. As I mentioned, the turbo lag really isn’t that bad once you’re moving, and you can manage it well enough at low speeds too (sometimes it’s even a help if you don’t want too much torque out of a hairpin). After a few smashed runs in the Scottish woods, I really got into the swing of it. For Group B, it seems like you plant it on the straights, slow waaay down for the corners, then plant it again. Kind of like a muscle car, you’re strengths are in the straights, not the corners. The complete opposite of the R5s (where the corners are where you’re best).
Bit of a long post to say that I’m once again going for