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Citroen drops Airbumps, ups the attitude on C3 WRC Concept

Citroen drops Airbumps, ups th...
Citroen says the C3 WRC Concept is almost race-ready
Citroen says the C3 WRC Concept is almost race-ready
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The Citroen C3 WRC will debut at the Monte Carlo Rally next year
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The Citroen C3 WRC will debut at the Monte Carlo Rally next year
Power is up to around 283 kW
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Power is up to around 283 kW
The C3 WRC meets the upcoming FIA WRC regulations 
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The C3 WRC meets the upcoming FIA WRC regulations 
The devil is in the detail with rally cars like the C3 WRC
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The devil is in the detail with rally cars like the C3 WRC
The car uses an electric differential to put its power down 
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The car uses an electric differential to put its power down 
Citroen has a rich history in rallying
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Citroen has a rich history in rallying
Add this to the list of things you can't have on the production car
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Add this to the list of things you can't have on the production car
There are no Airbumps, but the squircle design still made the cut
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There are no Airbumps, but the squircle design still made the cut
The yellow detailing is designed to match the accents available on the production car
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The yellow detailing is designed to match the accents available on the production car
There's more power from the turbo engine 
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There's more power from the turbo engine 
There are no Airbumps, but this is still a funky looker
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There are no Airbumps, but this is still a funky looker
The C3 WRC is 25 kg lighter than current generation WRC cars
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The C3 WRC is 25 kg lighter than current generation WRC cars
The rear diffuser works with the rear wing to add rear axle downforce 
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The rear diffuser works with the rear wing to add rear axle downforce 
The pouting front splitter is a new addition to the WRC regulations next year
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The pouting front splitter is a new addition to the WRC regulations next year
The C3 WRC will be on display at the Paris Motor Show 
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The C3 WRC will be on display at the Paris Motor Show 
Spoiler alert: that rear wing is massive...
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Spoiler alert: that rear wing is massive...
The two-tone roof is one of very few connections to the road car
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The two-tone roof is one of very few connections to the road car
Citroen says the C3 WRC Concept is almost race-ready
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Citroen says the C3 WRC Concept is almost race-ready
The pouting front splitter is a new addition to the WRC regulations next year
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The pouting front splitter is a new addition to the WRC regulations next year
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In regular trim with its distinctive Airbumps the Citroen C3 is cute, but you wouldn't confuse it for an all-out rally racer. While those air-fillled bubbles might come in handy in the city, they're less useful on a gravel special stage, which is why the Citroen C3 WRC Concept trades the Airbumps and cute graphics for an aero package and all-wheel drive.

It might be best known for magic-carpet suspension and funky city cars, but Citroen has a long history in motorsports. With eight constructor titles under its belt, the French WRC team knows how to screw together a car tough and quick enough to be successful.

Although it's just a concept at the moment, the C3 WRC is "very close" to being a finalized car. The massive rear wing, which has been moved further back for greater downforce on the rear axle, has been designed to fit the upcoming FIA WRC regulations, as have the protruding front bumper and rear splitter.

The four-cylinder motor has also been designed in line with the new regulations, and now produces around 283 kW (380 hp) thanks (in part) to a new 36 mm (1.4 in) flange in the turbocharger.

The C3 WRC meets the upcoming FIA WRC regulations 
The C3 WRC meets the upcoming FIA WRC regulations 

There's more to the new rules than big wings and turbochargers, with 2017 WRC cars to also be 25 kg (55 lb) lighter than the current generation. Electronic differential control has been added to the list of permitted technologies, too, helping to put the extra power down and keep the cars in line as they whiz through dense forest and snowy plains.

Even though it's a totally different beast underneath - the rally car is 55 mm (2.16 in) longer than the consumer version - there are a few cutesy design touches on the the C3 WRC. The illuminated badge and two-tone roof treatment both carry over, and the accents on the bodykit have been chosen to match exterior colors from the production car.

Citroen's new rally car will be on display at the Paris Motor Show, before making its competitive debut at Monte Carlo in January 2017. In the meantime, you can check out the C3 WRC Concept in action below. Filmed in Portugal using a new image processing technique, it's one of the best car launch/promo videos we've seen in a long time.

Source: Citroen

Citroën C3 WRC Concept : vivement le chrono !

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