CITROËN REVEALS NEW C3 WRC FOR 2017

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CITROËN REVEALS NEW C3 WRC FOR 2017

CITROËN Racing has published a video of the near-to-final concept version of its 2017 C3 world rally car, ahead of a public debut at the Paris Motor Show late this month.

Bulked-up with bigger wheel arches, front splitter, side skirts and rear wing, the C3 WRC will compete for the first time at the Monte-Carlo Rally next January, when new WRC technical regulations come into play.

After months of testing photos in disguise, the shape of the C3 is shown to be completely different to the outgoing DS3 WRC, which has won 26 WRC events since its own debut in 2011. Volkswagen, M-Sport (Ford) and Hyundai also have published pictures of their disguised 2017 cars, but Citroën is first to reveal its WRC contender as it will be.

In compliance with the new regulations, the C3 WRC concept car features:

• Enhanced engine power to around 280 kiloWatts, with a turbocharger restrictor enlarged to 36mm.
• Greater aerodynamic freedom with maximum width of 1875mm allowing extended wheel arches, a protruding front bumper and a rear bumper incorporating a diffuser.
• A bigger rear spoiler moved farther back to increase aerodynamic downforce.
• Overall weight reduced by 25kg.
• Electronic differential control.

The video showing the C3 WRC concept car in action was shot especially for the Paris Motor Show, using 26km of the Rally Portugal Marao stage.

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.