Chassis mods for C3 in Argentina
Citroën will introduce a chassis upgrade to its C3 WRC at the upcoming YPF Rally Argentina [26 - 29 April] in an effort to make the car's handling more consistent.
The modification is the latest in a series of changes made by the French manufacturer since it acknowledged shortcomings in the car's handling last year.
Making use of one of its homologation jokers, the team will release an upgrade to the car's rear axle that engineers at the team's Satory headquarters say will improve performance across a wider range of conditions.
"The team works tirelessly every day to improve and refine our C3 WRC a little bit more," Citroën Racing boss Pierre Budar explained.
"The new rear axle geometry introduced for this rally aims to provide even more consistent handling, regardless of changes in the road surface and therefore generate greater confidence for the drivers."
The first in a run of four gravel fixtures, Argentina is almost certain to be the season's most demanding weekend for the cars. It's also a rally at which Citroën has enjoyed considerable success - taking ten wins from the last 13 WRC counters.
This year, Citroën will be entering cars in Argentina for Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Khalid Al Qassimi, who will make his first outing of the season in a third C3 WRC.
Lead driver Meeke claimed his maiden WRC victory at the event in 2015, and after finishing third in Mexico in early March, at the only gravel round contested so far this season, the team has high hopes next week.
"The aim in Argentina will be to try and get back on the podium. I think we are well-placed to meet our targets," Budar said.
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