Citroën reveals C3 WRC Concept Car in the racing livery
Citroën Racing is getting ready for its big comeback to the FIA World Rally Championship in 2017. The all-new C3 WRC, in a form of the Concept Car, will be presented at Paris Motor Show in October while the real C3 WRC will have a competitive debut in January 2017 at Rallye Monte-Carlo.
The French manufacturers reveals today the photos and video of the C3 WRC Concept Car. Designed by the Citroën style centre in partnership with Citroën Racing, the concept car offers and extreme vision of the C3, muscular and chiselled, with striking visual design. Very close the finalised car, the C3 WRC Concept Car hints at the intentions of the Citroën style centre 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 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 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 colours 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. The main characteristics of the new C3 WRC are enhanced engine power to around 380bhp, a greater freedom in aerodynamics with a maximum width of 1875mm and an enlarged rear spoiler moved further back for even greater aerodynamic support. The car is 25kg lighter than its predecessor and the electronic differential control is now allowed any more.
Committed to an innovative, avant-garde approach, Citroën is also unveiling a video showing the C3 WRC Concept Car in action. Shot especially for the Paris Motor Show 2016, the film was produced by Citroën and ScanLab Projects, a specialist in “3D scanning”. The video was filmed in late May at the Portugal Rally, along 26km of the Marao course.
Photos: Citroën Racing