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Citroen unveils C3 WRC challenger

Thursday 22 December 2016, By Autovolo

Citroen unveils C3 WRC challenger

Citroen unveils C3 WRC challenger

Citroen has revealed its next World Rally Championship car at an event in Abu Dhabi.

The car, based on the latest C3, was launched by all four of the team’s driver crews at the glitzy ceremony, which held at the Etihad Towers was in honour of Abu Dhabi’s sponsorship of the team.

To meet the 2017 regulations, the C3 WRC has a 1.6-litre turbocharged with more than 380bhp – around 50bhp more than the cars used last season. Because the 2017 cars are lighter than their forebears, it is expected that the new cars will be far faster.

Citroen team boss Yves Matton said the cars reminded him of the glory days of Group B in the mid-1980s.

“The C3 WRC certainly recalls the cars that enthralled a generation of rally enthusiasts, including me,” he said.

“Thirty years on, fortunately everything has changed, especially in terms of safety. But the sense that the drivers will need to tame an aggressive, roaring beast is something that we will certainly see next season. There is an extremely spectacular side to this new generation of WRCs.”

The 2017 driver line-up of Kris Meeke, Craig Breen, Stephane Lefebvre and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi will be hoping the C3 WRC can live up to its predecessor’s success in the early 2000s, when Sebastian Loeb won nine constructors’ titles.