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Citroen start testing 2017 WRC challenger

20 Apr , 2016  

With Citroen entering the fray once more with a full factory backed works team things should hot up for the 2017 championship.

The FIA have relaxed the rules and allowed a bit more creativity on the design and aero front.

This upcoming model will be 55mm wider, with a mean front splitter, prominent air inlets, outlets and a rear diffuser. Get set to see some very Group B looking machines tearing through the countryside next year.

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Testing 2 - carwitter

Based on the upcoming Citroen C3 the legendary DS3 has now been retired. This new C3 is 25 KG lighter with a less restricted active centre diff, it will also boast 380 BHP from a 1.6 litre turbo charged engine.

These 2017 machines have been designed to give the WRC more of a buzz about it, more excitement to hopefully garner a whole new audience and more factory backed teams.

Kris Meeke has been testing the new beast and said:

As soon as we set off, I felt that I was driving a genuine rallying machine, a well-designed car,

I have been involved in the development of several cars in my time; generally speaking, you spend more time waiting around than driving in the first few test sessions. But with this, I was able to rack up the miles and start to explore the set-up options. It was like a dream!

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Testing - carwitter

2017 Citroen C3 WRC Testing 3 - carwitter

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