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Citroen offers fresh shots of WRC 2017 challenger

Citroen has revealed new images and a promotional video of its World Rally Championship 2017 challenger with its C3 WRC concept car.
Citroen has revealed new images and a promotional video of its World Rally Championship 2017 challenger with its C3 WRC concept car.

The official reveal of the final C3 WRC will take place at this year's Paris Motor Show ahead of its competitive debut at the WRC 2017 season opener Rally Monte Carlo in January.

The French manufacturer opted to take a full season out of WRC as a factory squad to focus on developing its new car ahead of the regulations revamp when the championship gets a long-awaited shake-up of its technical regulations.

Key 2017 WRC regulation changes:
• Enhanced engine power to around 380bhp, mad possible in particular by enlarging the diameter of the turbo flange to 36mm.
• Greater freedom with aerodynamics with a maximum width of 1875mm, a protruding front bumper and a rear bumper fitted with a diffuser.
• An enlarged rear spoiler moved further back for even greater aerodynamic support.
• The car is 25kg lighter.
• Electronic differential control is now allowed.

While Kris Meeke, Craig Breen and Stephane Lefebvre have all taken a hands-on involvement in the development of the 2017 car in between racing commitments, all three will take the C3 WRC into next year's championship with the aim of dethroning the dominant Volkswagen crews.

by Haydn Cobb



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