- Another rally car, another title?
- New product offensive spools up
- ‘Ultra-sporty, brawny and chiselled’
PARIS, France – Citroën, already boasting three Driver’s World Rally championships, is on its way to winning its third Manufacturer’s title in a row with the C-Elysée, a car which has encountered sporting and commercial success in the brand’s major international markets.
Now Citroën is making another push in its product offensive with the New C3 and getting ready to win a major title: the World Rally championship. The Citroën team is already more than familiar with the class, having won eight Manufacturer’s titles with a record 96 wins.
It’s a competitive champ-ionship perfect for the technical foundations of the New C3 and its energetic character.
Very close to the production run, the C3 WRC concept hints at the intentions of the Citroën style centre without giving everything away about its final form. It’s based on the New C3 and has kept all of its curves and fresh appeal.
This ultra-sporty, brawny and chiselled version incorporates the stylistic elements of the consumer version: a two-level illuminated logo, two-tone canopy and accents echoing the canopy’s colours.
The chassis is 55mm larger than the New Citroën C3 for 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 looks, as do the dual chromed chevrons that extend down towards the daytime running lights.
The decorative touches have also been enhanced: the canopy is adorned with a gel capsule and a yellow border, the wing mirrors have been sculpted from carbon and are yellow to echo one of the colours available for the New Citroën C3.
While the version that will race in the championship will comply with current FIA WRC regulations, the C3 WRC concept is already almost there: indeed, its width has been designed with these new regulations in mind, as have the front and rear aerodynamic adornments.
The final racing version will take all of these changes into account and the main ones are:
- Enhanced engine power to around 285kW through enlarging 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.
- An enlarged rear spoiler, moved further back for even better aerodynamic support.
- The car is 25kg lighter.
- Electronic differential control now allowed
Committed to an innovative, avant-garde approach, the brand is also unveiling a video showing the C3 WR Concept in action. It was shot for the 2016 Paris auto show by Citroën and ScanLab Projects, a specialist in “3D scanning”: an innovative image-processing technique using scans and data.
The video was filmed in late May 2016 at the Portugal Rally, along 26km of the Marao course. It was shot entirely in black and white, an artistic direction that fits perfectly with the brand’s desire to innovate.