In preparation of its return to the WRC (World Rally Championship), Citroen Racing has announced its brand C3 WRC Concept in time for debut at its home Motor Show in Paris. At the Paris Motor Show, the world is getting an exclusive first look at the C3 WRC concept car, designed by the Citroën style center. The first look of the WRC Concept also marks another way for the brand to support the launch of the New C3, an energetic car with a unique shape that packs a real punch under the bonnet.

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The concept car offers and extreme vision of the C3, muscular and chiselled, with striking visual design. The concept car heralds the arrival of the race car that will compete for the first time at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January 2017.

Very close the finalized car, the C3 WRC concept car hints a close semblance to the new C3 and retains the model’s curves and fresh appeal. This ultra-sporty, brawny, and chiselled version incorporates the stylistic elements of the consumer version: a two-level illuminated logo, two-tone canopy and accents echoing the colors of the canopy. The exterior also stands out with a chassis 55mm larger than the new Citroën C3, affording greater aerodynamic freedom such as a spoiler for the front bumper.

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The C3 WRC’s exterior has been adapted for the racing world with sober bumpers that accentuate the car’s look, as do the dual chrome chevrons that extend down towards the LED daytime running lights. The decorative touches have also been enhanced: the canopy is adorned with a gel capsule and a yellow border. As for the wing mirrors, they have been sculpted from carbon for a real racing look, and come in yellow to echo one of the colours available for the new Citroën C3.

The final version of the C3 WRC will be fully complaint with WRC regulations, thanks to these requirements: front and rear aerodynamic adornments, as well as enhanced engine power of up to 300 bhp, an enlarged diameter of the turbo flange (30mm), a width of 1,875mm, an overall length of 4150 mm, protruing front and rear bumpers with diffuser, an enlarged rear spoiler, a lighter gross weight of 25 kilograms and Electronic differential control.

Already boasting three driver’ WRC titles, Citroën is now on its way to winning its third manufacturer’s title in as many shots at the WTCC with the C-Elysée. The C-Elysée has encountered both sporting and commercial success in Citroën’s major international markets. Today, Citroën is making another push in its product offensive with the New C3, and is getting ready to win a major championship: the WRC. The Citroën team is already more than familiar with the WRC, having won 8 manufacturer’s titles and boasting a record 96 wins.