The Citroën C4 WRC is a World Rally Car built for the Citroën World Rally Team by Citroën Racing to compete in the World Rally Championship. It is based upon the Citroën C4 road car and replaced the Citroën Xsara WRC. The car was introduced for the 2007 World Rally Championship season and has taken the drivers' title each year since in the hands of Sébastien Loeb, as well as the manufacturers' title in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

Citroën C4 WRC
Sébastien Loeb - 2008 Rally Catalunya.jpg
CategoryWorld Rally Car
ConstructorCitroën Racing
PredecessorCitroën Xsara WRC
SuccessorCitroën DS3 WRC
Technical specifications[1]
Length4,274 mm (168.3 in)
Width1,800 mm (70.9 in)
Axle track1,598 mm (62.9 in)
Wheelbase2,608 mm (102.7 in)
Engine1,998 cc (121.9 cu in)
Weight1,230 kg (2,711.7 lb)
Competition history (WRC)
DebutMonaco 2007 Monte Carlo Rally
First winMonaco 2007 Monte Carlo Rally
Last winUnited Kingdom 2010 Wales Rally GB
WinsPodiums
3687
Constructors' Championships3 (2008, 2009, 2010)
Drivers' Championships4 (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)

The C4 WRC and Loeb maintained a 100% record on asphalt events during its WRC career, winning all 13 pure asphalt rounds of the World Rally Championship.[2]

Competition historyEdit

2007Edit

The car made its debut at the 2007 Monte Carlo Rally in the hands of Citroën World Rally Team drivers Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Sordo. Loeb won the rally after leading throughout, with Sordo finishing as runner-up, with the pair winning the first nine of 15 stages. Loeb went on to win seven of the remaining 15 rallies that season to beat Ford's Marcus Grönholm to the title by nine points. Sordo finished fourth in the standings.

2008Edit

Citroën retained Loeb and Sordo in their team for 2008, with Loeb winning 11 out of 15 rallies to take the title, while Sordo finished third in the standings. This was enough for Citroën to regain the manufacturers' crown.

C4 WRCs were also run by privateer squad PH-Sport for Conrad Rautenbach and Urmo Aava during the season, as well as for Junior World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Ogier at the final event of the season, Rally GB. Ogier lead the event early on despite it being his first in a WRC car.

2009Edit

In 2009, Loeb and Sordo once again drove for the factory squad, with Loeb winning the first five events of the year and then winning the final two to beat Ford driver Mikko Hirvonen to the title by just one point. Sordo finished a solid third as Citroën retained the manufacturers' title.

PH-Sport ran a second team of C4 WRCs under the Citroën Junior Team banner for Rautenbach and Ogier, with Evgeny Novikov, Chris Atkinson and Aaron Burkart also appearing under the banner during the year. Petter Solberg ran an old Xsara WRC for his own team for most of the season, before switching to a C4 WRC for the penultimate round, and was then entered under the Junior Team banner for the final round of the season.

2010Edit

Loeb and Sordo continued with the factory team into 2010, while the Junior Team ran Ogier and Kimi Räikkönen. Ogier, though, had a strong start to the season (including a win in Portugal) and so was swapped with Sordo for gravel rounds in the second half of the season. Ogier then won the 2010 Rally Japan as a factory driver.

Petter Solberg drove a C4 WRC for his own team and picked up eight podiums over the season, finishing third in the final standings, behind of work's drivers Ogier and Sordo.

WRC victoriesEdit

No. Event Season Driver Co-driver
1   2007 Monte Carlo Rally 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
2   2007 Rally Mexico 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
3   2007 Rally de Portugal 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
4   2007 Rally Argentina 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
5   2007 Rallye Deutschland 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
6   2007 Rally Catalunya 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
7   2007 Tour de Corse 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
8   2007 Rally Ireland 2007   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
9   2008 Monte Carlo Rally 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
10   2008 Rally Mexico 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
11   2008 Rally Argentina 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
12   2008 Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
13   2008 Acropolis Rally 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
14   2008 Rally Finland 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
15   2008 Rallye Deutschland 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
16   2008 Rally New Zealand 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
17   2008 Rally Catalunya 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
18   2008 Tour de Corse 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
19   2008 Wales Rally GB 2008   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
20   2009 Rally Ireland 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
21   2009 Rally Norway 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
22   2009 Cyprus Rally 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
23   2009 Rally de Portugal 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
24   2009 Rally Argentina 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
25   2009 Rally Catalunya 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
26   2009 Rally GB 2009   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
27   2010 Rally Mexico 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
28   2010 Jordan Rally 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
29   2010 Rally of Turkey 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
30   2010 Rally de Portugal 2010   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
31   2010 Rally Bulgaria 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
32   2010 Rallye Deutschland 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
33   2010 Rally Japan 2010   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
34   2010 Rallye de France 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
35   2010 Rally Catalunya 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
36   2010 Wales Rally GB 2010   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://juwra.com/citroen_c4_wrc.html
  2. ^ David, Evans (25 October 2010). "Loeb praises C4's asphalt record". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 1 November 2010.
Awards
Preceded by
Ford Focus WRC
Autosport Awards
Rally Car of the Year

2008–2010
Succeeded by
Mini John Cooper Works WRC