The much-awaited car event this season will showcase Citroen Racing’s C3 WRC Concept. We have to say; we’re also just as excited to see it compete in the upcoming Monte-Carlo Rally next year. Citroen’s return to the FIA World Rally Championship definitely opens new challenges both for the French car manufacturer and the racing team.
Citroen has already won three world championship titles in the previous years. The brand is also set to take home its 3rd manufacturer’s title with its very own C-Elysée. Currently, Citroen has 96 record wins and 8 manufacturer’s titles under its belt. This only proves how Citroen is bent on winning another major title with the new C3 model. Good thing, the racing team is already preparing for the FIA WRC and is more daring than ever.
Although Citroen is bringing the new C3 in this year’s motor show in Paris, we just found out they have yet to finalise other details for the racecar version. Still, the world will see it up close for the first time and that would be enough to give everyone an impression of what to expect after the final touches.
The C3 model to compete in the racing event has to be fully compliant with FIA WRC’s current regulations. That means that there probably won’t be a lot of changes except for WRC’s aerodynamics and engine requirements. Due to this, the concept car will look almost exactly the same as the C3’s final version.
C3’s exterior has been designed for racing starting from the 55mm larger chassis all the way to the big bumpers, dual chrome chevrons and daytime running lights in LED. Citroen’s concept car is indeed ready for racing in colour yellow and carbon wing mirrors on both sides. The C3’s two-tone canopy also looks great with yellow borders and gel capsule, further highlighting its true racing spirit.
Just to give more clues, the racing version will have the powerful 380bhp engine with a turbocharger flange now measuring 36mm in diameter. Meanwhile, the 1875mm enhanced width and the C3’s 25kg lighter body contribute to the car’s improved aerodynamics.
Citroen will likely equip the racing version with an electronic differential control device since the WRC has already allowed the use of this feature. To add more “oomph” to the C3’s aerodynamics, it is possible that the large rear spoiler will be moved further towards the back.
As part of the brand’s commitment to innovation and modern approach, Citroen will show a video of the C3 WRC concept car in motion. Produced by ScanLab Projects and Citroen, the black and white film is created with the latest 3D scanning technology. They even went all the way to Portugal and took shots of the video across Marao’s 25km racetrack last May. Undoubtedly, the company has prepared this artistic video in time for the 2016 Paris Motor Show.