Citroën Xsara WRC

The Citroën Xsara 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 Xsara road car. The car was introduced for the 2001 World Rally Championship season and has taken first three of nine drivers' titles for Sébastien Loeb, as well as the manufacturers' title in 2003, 2004, and 2005.

Citroën Xsara WRC
Sébastien Loeb - 2004 Rally Finland 2.jpg
CategoryWorld Rally Car
ConstructorCitroën Racing
SuccessorCitroën C4 WRC
Technical specifications[1]
Length4,167 mm (164.1 in)
Width1,770 mm (69.7 in)
Height1,390 mm (54.7 in)
Axle track1,568 mm (61.7 in)
Wheelbase2,555 mm (100.6 in)
Engine1,998 cc (121.9 cu in) I4 turbo charge
Front transverse
TransmissionSix-speed sequential
4-wheel drive
Weight1,230 kg (2,711.7 lb)
Tyres
Competition history (WRC)
Notable entrants
Notable drivers
DebutMonaco 2001 Monte Carlo Rally
First winFrance 2001 Tour de Corse
Last winCyprus 2006 Cyprus Rally
RacesWinsPodiumsTitles
5832786
Constructors' Championships3 (2003, 2004, 2005)
Drivers' Championships3 (2004, 2005, 2006)

Competition historyEdit

World Rally ChampionshipEdit

 
Jesús Puras with a Citroën Xsara Kit Car

The Xsara World Rally Car, based on the road going Xsara hatchback but ultimately having very little resemblance to it under the skin, was one of the most successful cars ever to compete in the World Rally Championship. In 1999, the WRCs predecessor, the two wheel drive naturally aspirated Xsara Kit Car, won overall in Rallye Catalunya and Tour de Corse.

This car was considered the best car in the class. The late Philippe Bugalski placed seventh overall and won the Kit Car F2 class.

In 2001, Kit Cars category disappeared and was replaced by Super 1600 and Super 2000. Citroën Xsara competed in the category of World Rally Car.[2] In 2002, French driver Sébastien Loeb was supposed to win the Monte Carlo Rally but he was penalized for an illegal tyre change, but he later won the Deutschland Rally.

In 2003, the Citroën Xsara was more competitive. In Wales GB, the leader Richard Burns suffered a blackout and withdrew from the rally. Sébastien Loeb made some mistakes on the last round and he lost the championship by just one point. However, the Citroën won the manufacturers' title. In 2004, Sébastien Loeb won the championship.[3]

Sébastien Loeb won 28 rallies with the car, three consecutive Driver's Championship titles from 2004 to 2006, and Citroën to three consecutive Manufacturer's Championship titles in 2003, 2004, and 2005.[4] In addition to Leob piloting the Xsara WRC, Jesús Puras, Carlos Sainz, and François Duval have also driven it to win since its 2001 conception.[3]

The car was replaced in 2007 by the Citroën C4 WRC, however the Xsara was still used by privateers and others. World champion of 2003, Petter Solberg drove a 2006 spec Xsara for the majority of the season of 2009, which was entered by his own Petter Solberg World Rally Team.[5]

RallycrossEdit

Kenneth Hansen won the FIA European Rallycross Championship every year from 2000 to 2005.[6]

In September 2014, French based Lebanese businessman Nabil Karam entered the 2014 World RX of France with an Xsara, finishing 34th out of 37 entrants after the qualifying heats, and failing to qualify for the semi finals. Having upgraded to a DS3 for the edition of 2015, this is the only time an Xsara has been used in a World Championship rallycross event.

WRC victoriesEdit

 #  Event Season Driver Co-driver
1   2001 Tour de Corse 2001   Jesús Puras   Marc Martí
2   2002 Rallye Deutschland 2002   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
3   2003 Monte Carlo Rally 2003   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
4   2003 Rally of Turkey 2003   Carlos Sainz   Marc Martí
5   2003 Rallye Deutschland 2003   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
6   2003 Rallye Sanremo 2003   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
7   2004 Monte Carlo Rally 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
8   2004 Swedish Rally 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
9   2004 Cyprus Rally 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
10   2004 Rally of Turkey 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
11   2004 Rally Argentina 2004   Carlos Sainz   Marc Martí
12   2004 Rallye Deutschland 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
13   2004 Rally Australia 2004   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
14   2005 Monte Carlo Rally 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
15   2005 Rally New Zealand 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
16   2005 Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
17   2005 Cyprus Rally 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
18   2005 Rally of Turkey 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
19   2005 Acropolis Rally 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
20   2005 Rally Argentina 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
21   2005 Rallye Deutschland 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
22   2005 Tour de Corse 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
23   2005 Rally Catalunya 2005   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
24   2005 Rally Australia 2005   François Duval   Sven Smeets
25   2006 Rally Mexico 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
26   2006 Rally Catalunya 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
27   2006 Tour de Corse 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
28   2006 Rally Argentina 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
29   2006 Rally d'Italia Sardegna 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
30   2006 Rallye Deutschland 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
31   2006 Rally Japan 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
32   2006 Cyprus Rally 2006   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Xsara WRC". juwra.com. Retrieved 4 November 2019.
  2. ^ "WRC, motorsport news, results, features, teams, drivers, updates". Crash.net. 2 July 2008. Archived from the original on 2 July 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b "Peugeot 306 Maxi Rallye car Citroen ZX Xsara WRC Race". marxxon.com. June 5, 2017. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Kronos - Season 2006". Juwra.com. 16 November 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2011.
  5. ^ "World Rally Championship – Rallies". Wrc.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
  6. ^ "KENNETH HANSEN APPOINTED - FIA'S DRIVER COMMISSION". Retrieved 26 September 2013.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Peugeot 206 WRC
Autosport
Rally Car of the Year

2003, 2004, 2005
Succeeded by
Ford Focus RS WRC