Citroën Racing is getting ready for its big comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship, bringing with it a new challenge and adventure for a race team with renowned expertise. It is also another way for the brand to support the launch of the New C3: an energetic car with a unique shape that packs a real punch under the bonnet. The world is getting an exclusive first look at the C3 WRC concept car at this year’s Paris Motor Show.
Designed by the Citroën style center in partnership with Citroën 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 racecar that will compete for the first time at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January 2017.
Already boasting three driver’s world championship titles, Citroën is now on its way to winning its third manufacturer’s title in as many shots at the FIA WTCC with the C-Elysée. The C-Elysée has encountered both sporting and commercial success in Citroën’s major international markets. Today, Citroën is making another push in its product offensive with the New C3, and is getting ready to win a major championship: the FIA WRC. The Citroën team is already more than familiar with the WRC, having won 8 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 the finalized car, the C3 WRC concept car hints at the intentions of the Citroën style center without giving everything away about its final form. Based on the New 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 colors of the canopy. The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than the New Citroën C3, 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 colors available for the New Citroën 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.
Aside from the car being 25 kilograms lighter, the final racing version will have an enhanced engine power to around 380bhp, a protruding front bumper and a rear bumper fitted with a diffuser, an enlarged rear spoiler moved further back for even greater aerodynamic support.