One month after confirming that it would be entering the World Touring Car Championship in 2014, Citroën has revealed the model that will be driven on the circuits by Sébastien Loeb. The Citroën C-Elysée WTCC will be the very first vehicle to be designed in accordance with the new regulations, currently being prepared by the FIA for the category next year.
The Citroën C-Elysée is a C-segment saloon aimed principally at high-growth, international markets such as those in Latin America, the Mediterranean region, China and Russia. Widely acclaimed by customers, Citroën C-Elysée is already 30% ahead of its initial sales target, with 30,000 orders placed.
“Choosing C-Elysée as the basis for our WTCC car reflects very clearly our determination to use racing as an active means of supporting our commercial development,”emphasised Frédéric Banzet, CEO of the Citroën Brand. “With rounds in Latin America, Morocco, China and Russia, the WTCC race calendar is genuinely global, and it will be a real advantage to run a C-Elysée, a key driver of our growth, in front of large crowds of enthusiastic motorsport fans.”
“From a strictly technical perspective, the choice of a three-box saloon body was ideal in terms of aerodynamics. C-Elysée was therefore the perfect choice,” added Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, Citroën Racing’s Technical Director. “Apart from this aspect, we were able to install the various components fairly easily. Insofar as this is our first track racing car, we constantly had to ask ourselves questions about the relevance of our choices, but that’s what makes this a particularly exciting challenge.”
Firmly anchored to the tarmac on its 18-inch wheels, C-Elysée WTCC is, quite simply, formidable. Featuring an integrated aerodynamic splitter, the front bumper accentuates the radiator grille with its prominent double chevron. The widened front and rear wings lend the car’s bodywork a decidedly racing feel. At the rear, the stylish rear wing will ensure that the car hugs the track.
Under the bonnet, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC is powered by the same 1.6-litre direct injection turbocharged engine as the DS3 WRC. With a wider booster flange, power output is now close to 380bhp. The car comes with a front-wheel drive transmission, controlled by a six-speed sequential gearbox.
After making its first track outing a few days ago, Citroën C-Elysée WTCC has now begun a programme of development tests. The car will make its first public appearance at the Frankfurt International Motor Show (12-22 September).
Car specifications at a glance:
- Structure Reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage
- Bodywork Steel and composite fibre
- Type Citroën Racing – 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection engine
- Bore x stroke 82×75.5mm
- Capacity 1,598cc
- Maximum power 380bhp at 6,000rpm
- Maximum torque 400Nm at 4,500rpm
- Specific output 237.8bhp/litre
- Distribution Double overhead camshaft
- 4 valves per cylinder
- Fuel feed Direct injection controlled by Magneti Marelli unit
- Type Carbon-fibre twin-disk
- Type Front-wheel drive
- Gearbox Sadev six-speed sequential – Manual control
- Differentials Mechanical self-locking differential
- Front 380mm ventilated discs with four-piston callipers
- Rear 300mm ventilated discs, with two-piston callipers
- Distribution Adjustable from cockpit
- Type MacPherson (front and rear)
- Shock absorbers Adjustable
- Type Hydraulic power-assisted steering
- Dimensions 10×18-inch wheels – Yokohama tyres (Ø 660 x 275)
- Length/width 4,577mm/1,950mm
- Wheel base 2,700mm
- Track 1,750mm (front and rear)
- Fuel tank 50 litres
- Weight 1,100kg with driver