Competitive Peugeots from OttOmobile

18 August 2023
Stephen Paul Hardy tries out a trio of cars from the French manufacturer.

In addition to OttOmobile’s regular release of a rally model each month, Solido has also evolved a similarly well-established back catalogue on the theme, which it frequently expands with new versions.

OttOmobile 406 BTCC - 1996 (OT828)

One of OttOmobile’s most recent releases is this dramatic green and gold Ultron-liveried Peugeot 406, as entered in the 1997 BTCC British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) by Motor Sport Developments (MSD). Carrying #12, it depicts the car driven by Tim Harvey to second place in the tense Thruxton leg of the championship that year.

This model is surely yet another ‘must-have’ for British motorsport fans. The dual colour paint finish is excellent, the decals very well applied and the base model, with its full detailing really, bears close inspection. As ever, a photoshoot often highlights attributes the naked eye passes over and, in this case, one of them is the filigree protection grille that is part of the totally fitted out competition-compliant interior. Like all OttOmobile models, it is a 1/18 scale sealed resin model, so all that fantastic internal detailing is only accessible by viewing through the window glazing.

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OttOmobile 205 GTI Lombard RAC Rally - 1998 (S1801715)

So onwards to one of Solido’s latest 1/18 rallying Peugeots, which illustrates an early chapter of Colin McRae’s career in motorsport with his entry in the 1998 Lombard RAC Rally. Being a diecast 1/18 model, the detail of the roll-caged and rally-kitted interior is accessible through the opening doors. With its Peugeot/Talbot era RAC livery, this rallying version of Peugeot’s classic ‘hot hatch’ 205 is an easy memory recall. And, with the minor exception of the omission of the yellow backing to the rear number plate, Solido’s model is absolutely superb. A nostalgia-laden delight, with lots of colour, detail and a distinctly British connection.

OttOmobile 106 Ph.2 Rallye Blue - 1998 (S4312102)

Whilst Solido’s increasingly popular range of new 1/43 diecasts doesn’t (at least as yet) embrace motorsport rallying subjects, I felt that this pair of recent releases just had to get a look-in here.

Marketed as having "fewer frills, more thrills” with weight saving omissions to the equipment list, Peugeot’s 106 Rallye was designed as a homologation special to compete in the 1,300 cc rally class. Finding favour with buyers as for both street as well as motorsport use, they were easily recognisable by the trademark white-painted steel wheels and distinctive Rallye colour flash decals. Details then that are naturally very evident on Solido’s pair in Blanc Banquise (S4312101) and Bleu Santorin (S4312102).