Citroën C3 WRC

The Citroën C3 WRC is a rally car designed and developed by the Citroën World Rally Team to compete in the World Rally Championship. The car, which is a replacement for the successful Citroën DS3 WRC, is based on the Citroën C3.[6] The C3 WRC made its début at the start of the 2017 season, where it was driven by Craig Breen, Stéphane Lefebvre and Kris Meeke,[3][7] with Khalid Al Qassimi entering a fourth car at selected events.[3]

Citroën C3 WRC
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CategoryWorld Rally Championship
PredecessorCitroën DS3 WRC
Technical specifications[1][2]
SuspensionMacPherson
Length4,128 mm
Width1,875 mm
Axle track1,670 mm
Wheelbase2,540 mm
Engine1.6 L (98 cu in) I4 turbo direct injection
TransmissionSix-speed sequential
4-wheel drive, mechanical front and rear self-locking hydraulically-controlled central differential
Weight1,190 kg
BrakesFront: Ventilated disks, 370mm (tarmac) and 300mm (gravel) Water-cooled four-piston callipers (tarmac)
Rear: Ventilated disks, 330mm (tarmac) and 300mm (gravel) Four-piston callipers
TyresMichelin
ClutchCerametallic twin-disk
Competition history (WRC)
Notable entrantsFrance Citroën World Rally Team
Notable driversUnited Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi[3]
Republic of Ireland Craig Breen[3]
Finland Esapekka Lappi[4]
France Stéphane Lefebvre[3]
France Sébastien Loeb
United Kingdom Kris Meeke[3]
France Sébastien Ogier[5]
Norway Mads Østberg
DebutMonaco 2017 Monte Carlo Rally
First winMexico 2017 Rally Mexico
Last winTurkey 2019 Rally Turkey
Last eventSpain 2019 Rally Catalunya
RacesWinsPodiumsTitles
396190

Development historyEdit

Citroën formally announced its intentions to withdraw from full-time competition at the end of the 2015 season in order to focus on the development of the C3 WRC.[8] The team contested selected events during the 2016 season, using the DS3 WRC as a testing platform for selected parts.[6] Further testing and development was carried out using the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, the car used by Citroën in the World Touring Car Championship.[6] The C3 WRC's début in 2017 coincided with the widespread revisions to the sport's technical regulations.[9]

WRC victoriesEdit

Year No. Event Surface Driver Co-driver Entrant
2017 1   2017 Rally Mexico Gravel   Kris Meeke   Paul Nagle   Citroën World Rally Team
2   2017 Rally Catalunya Mixed   Kris Meeke   Paul Nagle   Citroën World Rally Team
2018 3   2018 Rally Catalunya Mixed   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena   Citroën World Rally Team
2019 4   2019 Monte Carlo Rally Mixed   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia   Citroën World Rally Team
5   2019 Rally Mexico Gravel   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia   Citroën World Rally Team
6   2019 Rally Turkey Gravel   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia   Citroën World Rally Team

WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Driver Rounds Points WCM
pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2017   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT   Kris Meeke MON
Ret
SWE
12
MEX
1
FRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
POR
18
ITA
Ret
POL FIN
8
GER
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
7
AUS
7
218 4th
  Craig Breen MON SWE
5
MEX FRA
5
ARG
Ret
POR
5
ITA
25
POL
11
FIN
5
GER
5
ESP GBR
15
AUS
Ret
  Stéphane Lefebvre MON
9
SWE MEX
15
FRA
50
ARG POR
13
ITA POL
5
FIN GER ESP
6
GBR AUS
Ret
  Andreas Mikkelsen MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR ITA
8
POL
9
FIN GER
2
ESP GBR AUS
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE MEX FRA ARG POR
17
ITA POL FIN
16
GER ESP
17
GBR
22
AUS
2018   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT   Kris Meeke MON
4
SWE
Ret
MEX
3
FRA
9
ARG
7
POR
Ret
ITA
WD
FIN GER TUR GBR ESP AUS 237 4th
  Craig Breen MON
9
SWE
2
MEX FRA ARG
Ret
POR
7
ITA
6
FIN
8
GER
7
TUR
Ret
GBR
4
ESP
9
AUS
7
  Sébastien Loeb MON SWE MEX
5
FRA
14
ARG POR ITA FIN GER TUR GBR ESP
1
AUS
  Mads Østberg MON SWE
6
MEX FRA ARG POR
6
ITA
5
FIN
2
GER
Ret
TUR
23
GBR
8
ESP AUS
3
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE MEX FRA ARG
14
POR ITA FIN
37
GER TUR
15
GBR ESP
21
AUS
2019   Citroën Total WRT   Sébastien Ogier MON
1
SWE
29
MEX
1
FRA
2
ARG
3
CHL
2
POR
3
ITA
41
FIN
5
GER
7
TUR
1
GBR
3
ESP
8
AUS
C
284 3rd
  Esapekka Lappi MON
Ret
SWE
2
MEX
13
FRA
7
ARG
Ret
CHL
6
POR
Ret
ITA
7
FIN
2
GER
8
TUR
2
GBR
27
ESP
Ret
AUS
C

* Season still in progress.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.wrc.com/en/wrc/about-wrc/rally-cars/citroen-c3-wrc/page/795-18667-795--.html
  2. ^ http://juwra.com/citroen_c3_wrc.html
  3. ^ a b c d e f Evans, David (5 October 2016). "Citroen announces Breen and Lefebvre as Meeke's 2017 WRC team-mates". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Esapekka Lappi Joins Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT". media.citroenracing.com. Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT. 17 October 2018. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  5. ^ Evans, David (28 September 2018). "Sebastien Ogier picks Citroen for 2019 World Rally Championship". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  6. ^ a b c Evans, David (5 April 2016). "Citroën in race against time to develop all-new WRC C3 for 2017". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 6 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Meeke, Lefebvre and Breen join DS 3 squad". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 22 December 2015.
  8. ^ "Citroën commits to WRC future". 19 November 2015. Retrieved 19 November 2015.
  9. ^ "WRC cars to become more aggressive in 2017". speedcafe.com. 11 July 2015.

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