FIA World Rally Championship
Since Citroën was founded in 1919, the company has always combined adventure and competition with its industrial activities. Today, Citroën Racing is the heir to the spirit that drove the mythic ‘Croisières’, the brainchild of André Citroën.
Citroën has always associated its series production models with competition. At the end of the 50s the manufacturer entered its cars in rallies and in circuit racing. The aim was to test new technologies in view of their application to series production, and to show the qualities of the car with the distinctive double chevron badge. (...)
In 2001 Citroën Sport gave the Xsara WRC its debut with a partial world championship programme. Bugalski came eighth in the Catalunya Rally on his first appearance in the WRC.Sébastien Loeb then finished in second place in the Sanremo Rally, and Jesus Puras gave the Xsara WRC its first win in the World Rally Championship in Rally France. It was the start of a new era! (...)
In 2011, new regulations came into force. The DS3 WRC won ten out of the thirteen rallies giving Citroën its seventh World Manufacturers’ title, while Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena clinched their eight consecutive drivers’ world title.
In parallel to its works involvement, Citroën sells a range of cars aimed at privateers through its client/competition department. The latest, the DSR R3, a direct descendant of the Visas, ZXs, AXs, Saxos and C2s, has become a benchmark for private drivers in search of first-class performance.
2017 - a new era
Complying with the new FIA regulations, which see the introduction of a new generation of very spectacular World Rally Cars, the C3 WRC heralds the return of Citroën as a works team in a discipline in which the Brand holds a record 96 race wins and eight world titles.
In the 2017 season, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi WRT will enter two to four C3 WRCs for its crews: Kris Meeke / Paul Nagle, Craig Breen / Scott Martin, Stéphane Lefebvre / Gabin Moreau and Sheikh Khalid Al Qassimi / Chris Patterson.
Text by Citroën Racing