Citroën unveils World Rally car for 2017
French manufacturer Citroën has returned to compete as a factory team for the World Rally Championship with their new car, the C3 WRC.
Based on the C3 released earlier this year, the WRC version looks much stockier than the road-going version, and also is packed with much more power, with the 1.6-litre turbocharged engine producing more than 380bhp.With the 2016 season used as a development year to have the best crack at the 2017 season as possible, the DS3 WRC still won two rounds of last season's championship thanks to Northern Irishman Kris Meeke.
The team has now made their comeback to compete for the full season and will take on the likes of Hyundai, Toyota and M-Sport, who are using a modified Ford Fiesta.
After winning eight constructors' titles and nine consecutive drivers' championships with Sébastian Loeb throughout the 2000s, Citroën Racing's team principal Yves Matton is hopeful that 2017 will be the start of something great once again.
Matton said: "In 2017, we want to win races in normal conditions, by beating our competitors. And then in 2018, our goal is to bring home at least one of the world titles.
"A lot of people are expecting the C3 WRC to be fast right from the word go. So we certainly have pressure on our shoulders. The team is perhaps not as well-established in this environment as before and we'll need some time to settle back in. As ever, we won't be getting carried away. We'll treat this challenge with the respect it deserves."
The Total Citroën Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will start their challenge for the title at the Rallye Monte Carlo on January 19 2017, with Kris Meeke, Craig Breen, Stéphane Lefebvre and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi taking the wheel throughout the 2017 championship.
Written by Jack Healy