Citroën Xsara WRC
Sébastien Loeb at the 2004 Cyprus Rally
|Sales designation:||Xsara WRC|
|Class :||race car|
|Body versions :||Coupe|
|Engines:||Otto engine : 2.0 liters (231 kW)|
|Wheelbase :||2540 mm|
|Empty weight :||1230 kg|
The Citroën Xsara WRC is a vehicle that competed in the World Rally Championship from 2002 to 2007 and much of the 2009 season. From 2002 to 2006 the Xsara WRC was used in rallies by the Citroën Total World Rally Team . Sébastien Loeb was the first to drive this vehicle for Citroën . After Loeb was injured, Colin McRae drove the Xsara in the 2006 season . Kronos Racing used this vehicle from 2006 to 2007; In 2009 the private driver Petter Solberg drove the car again. The Citroën Xsara WRC won a total of 32 rallies and was rally car of the year from 2003 to 2005.
In 1999 the predecessor of the Xsara WRC, the Citroën Xsara Kit Car, won the Catalonia Rally and the Corsica Rally . This vehicle was considered the best in its class and the late Philippe Bugalski finished seventh. He also won the kit car F2 class.
When the kit car category disappeared in 2001 and has now been replaced by the Super 1600 and Super 2000 , Citroën took part in the World Rally Car category with the Citroën Xsara WRC . Sébastien Loeb would have won the Monte Carlo Rally , but was punished for an illegal tire change. However, he won the Rally Germany .
In 2003 the Xsara became more competitive, but Richard Burns suffered a power outage at Rally Great Britain and was eliminated. Sébastien Loeb also made a few mistakes and lost the championship by one point.
The Citroën won the manufacturer's title and in 2004 Sébastien Loeb won the championship. Loeb achieved 28 rally victories with the car, three consecutive driver championship titles from 2004 to 2006 and Citroën won three consecutive championship titles in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
In 2007 the Xsara was replaced by the newer Citroën C4 WRC and the Xsara WRC was only used by private individuals. The 2003 World Champion, Petter Solberg , drove the Xsara for most of the 2009 season in his Petter Solberg World Rally Team.
|Number of valves per cylinder||4th|
|Bore × stroke||85.5 mm × 87.0 mm|
|power||232 kW (315 PS) at 5500 rpm|
|Max. Torque||570 Nm at 2750 rpm|
|drive||all wheel drive|
|transmission||6 speed transmission|
|Track, front||1568 mm|
|Brake design, all around||Disc brakes, internally ventilated|
|Brake disc diameter, front||376 mm|
|..., in the back||318 mm|
|Brake calipers, front||6-piston brake calipers|
|..., in the back||4-piston brake calipers|
|steering||Rack and pinion steering, servo-assisted|
|Suspension||MacPherson struts , wishbones|
- Citroën Xsara WRC - photos, technical information, sounds and equipment. In: citroenorigins.de.
- Nick D: 2003 Citroën Xsara T4 WRC. In: supercars.net. April 1, 2016 (English).