Citroen is one of the most feared names in WRC, as Sebastien Loeb managed to win many titles for the French brand. This year, during Paris Motor Show, world is getting an exclusive first look at the C3 WRC Concept Car.
Designed by the Citroen style centre in partnership with Citroen Racing, the concept car offers an extreme version of new C3. The concept car heralds the arrival of the new rally 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 manufacturers’ titles and boasting a record 96 wins. Such a competitive championship is perfectly suited to the technical foundations of New C3.
With its two-level light signature, two-tone body/roof and accents matching the colours of the roof the exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than new C3, affording greater aerodynamic freedom including a spoiler for the front bumper.
The C3 WRC’s exterior has been adapted for the racing world with bumpers that accentuate the car’s look, as do the dual chrome chevrons that extend across towards the LED daytime running lights. The decorative touches have also been enhanced: the roof 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 on New C3.
Its width has been designed with these new regulations in mind, as have the front and rear aerodynamic spoilers. It also has an enhanced engine power to around 380 bhp, made possible by enlarging the diameter of the turbo flange to 36mm. There is greater freedom with aerodynamics with a maximum width of 1875 mm, a protruding front bumper and a rear bumper fitted with a diffuser. An enlarged rear spoiler moved further back for even greater aerodynamic support, while the car is 25kg lighter.