Back in the late 90s the group F2 Maxi rally cars were intended to be a cheaper entry into the World of rallying for car manucturers. Essentially these cars were FWD with a 2.0 NA engine achieving over 300 bhp in certain cases. The cars used in the group 2 class ranged from the Renault Megane, Peugeot 306, Renault Clio, and Escort RS2000. Pretty much every car had wider arches, spoilers, splitters and looked how a proper rally car should.
Below is a clip showing what these cars could do when they were unleashed on smooth dry tarmac,
It's no surprise that on events like Corsica the F2 boys would often be quicker that the four wheel drive turbo charged WRC cars.