2017 Citroën C3 WRC, less than a month before the world rally championship opener in Monte Carlo in January.
The new challenger corresponds to the next season of less restrictive regulations that allow the use of a larger 36mm restrictor – up of 33mm and more aggressive aerodynamics.
It is based on the all-new five-door only C3, but the competition car, the rear doors were welded and it sits on a wider track, the wheel arches hidden under swelled. The car measures the width of 1875mm, 55mm wider than Citroën’s final WRC machine, the DS3 WRC.
The C3 WRC is powered by a 1.6-Liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine to generate 2.5 bar of boost pressure, 380PS, which is 20% more than the DS3 WRC, and 295lb ft. The device uses a block milled and is closely linked to that of the engine in the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC racer.
“I think it is safe to say that the Citroën C3 WRC is the most successful engine we’ve ever built,” says Motor manager Patrice Davesne. “We have boldly decided to go for a radical technological solutions, which I, of course, not to go into detail here. But we are proud of the work we have done, especially on the reduction of friction.”
The body used spring shock absorbers, to increase, now at an angle to your travel. The geometry of the set-up will change depending on whether the car set up for gravel or asphalt.
New 2017 regulations allow the use of a centrally-controlled, hydraulic pressure differential, driver adjust the torque distribution between the front and rear axle during the execution.
“As so often in motorsport, we were working to a very tight schedule in the development of the cars,” said Laurent Fregosi, Citroën WRC technical Director. “When we started the Tests, there were no major problems and the driver said they were satisfied with the driving dynamics. Now, it’s time to measure us against the competition, we believe we have worked very well, but it is impossible to be confident.”
The Citroën C3 WRC 10 test sessions has been completed, a total area of 5900 km. The car was ratified by the FIA on December 13, five weeks before the opening in 2017-the rally in Monte Carlo.
The driver of the team include Kris Meeke, who has taken a leading role in the car development and has three WRC event wins to his name. His team-mates will be Lefebvre, the 26-year-old Craig Breen and the 24-year-old Stéphane.
Citroën will be up against the likes of M-Sport, the fielding Ford Fiesta WRCs, and the reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier in his line-up, and Hyundai, which recently unveiled its new i20 coupe WRC.
The reigning constructors ‘ world champion, Volkswagen is on the road to the WRC after a heavy reduction in costs relative to diesel gate, but his Polo R in 2017, is still in dispute might be, by a “privateer” entry.