THEY are one of the world’s legendary rally teams, and now Citroen Racing is getting ready for its big comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship, bringing with it a new challenge and a new adventure for a race team with renowned expertise.
The world will get its exclusive first look at the C3 WRC concept car at this year’s Paris Motor Show, but for our readers, we have not only a sneak peak at the car, but also the brand’s WRC preview video.
Designed by the Citroen style centre in partnership with Citroen Racing, the concept car offers and extreme vision of the C3, muscular and chiseled, with striking visual design. The concept car heralds the arrival of the race car that will compete for the first time at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January 2017.
The Citroen team is already more than familiar with the WRC, having won eight manufacturer’s titles and boasting a record 96 wins. A competitive championship that is perfectly suited to the technical foundations of the new C3 and its energetic character.
Very close to the finalised car, the C3 WRC concept car hints at the intentions of the Citroen style centre without giving everything away about its final form. Based on the C3, it retains all of its curves and fresh appeal.
This ultra-sporty, brawny, and chiseled version incorporates the stylistic elements of the consumer version: a two-level illuminated logo, two-tone canopy and accents echoing the colours of the canopy.
The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than road going version, affording greater aerodynamic freedom such as a spoiler for the front bumper.
The C3 WRC’s exterior has been adapted for the racing world with sober bumpers that accentuate the car’s look, as do the dual chrome chevrons that extend down towards the LED daytime running lamps.
The decorative touches have also been enhanced: the canopy is adorned with a gel capsule and a yellow border. As for the wing mirrors, they have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look, and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available for the new Citroen C3.
While the final version that will race in the championship will be fully compliant with current FIA WRC regulations, the C3 WRC concept car is already almost there: indeed, its width has been designed with these new regulations in mind, as have the front and rear aerodynamic adornments.
When it hits the track, the race version will have enhanced engine power to around 380bhp, made possible in particular by enlarging the diameter of the turbo flange to 36mm, greater freedom with aerodynamics with a maximum width of 1875mm, a protruding front bumper and a rear bumper fitted with a diffuser. The car is also 25kg lighter.