Citroen have dominated the World Rally Championship over the past decade winning 62 rallies and 8 championships. From the Xsara to the C4 and ultimately the DS3, the French team have ruled with an iron fist in this rough and tumble world, but now they are seeking a new challenge. Citroen are to enter the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, but the question is what car are they going to field? The answer is the C-Elysee WTTC racer.
To be piloted by star driver, Sebastian Loeb, the C-Elysee may be a model us Europeans are not familiar with. This saloon is predominantly sold in developing markets such as Latin America, China and Russia. Citroen are clearly hoping the cars appearance in this global series will boost the C-Elysee’s popularity. One of the key reasons for choosing this saloon over the hatchback profile of the DS3 is aerodynamics. A three box design allows for better airflow and more appropriate placement of a rear wing. The car is powered by a 1.6 litre turbocharged engine, also found in the DS3 WRC, and this produces 380BHP. All of the power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox.