Thursday 25 July 2013

Race - Loeb for WTCC

Now that Sebastien Loeb's too old for the rough and tumble of rallying, and turning his attention to the more gentle pursuit of World Touring Car racing, Citroen has revealed details of the carriage which he will conduct around the world's tarmac hotspots.

Based on the Citroën C-Elysée, this latest WTCC contender 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.

Powered by the same 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged engine as used by the DS3 WRC, a wider booster flange has increased power output to 380 bhp. This will be directed through the FWD transmission via a six-speed sequential gearbox.

Apparently, the choice of a three-box saloon body was preferred because of the improved aerodynamic shape over a hatchback. The car has already impressed the team during initial testing. This will be Citroen's first official foray into Touring Cars, but it looks the business.

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