Citroen has confirmed that it will be joining the FIA World Touring Car Championship from the 2014 season onward. And to help the team be competitive from its very first race next season, it has enlisted the help of a familiar name to drive one of its cars in the championship: Sebastien Loeb.
"Competing in a category for the first time, starting from scratch, gives our division a superb challenge," said Citroen Racing team principal Yves Matton. "Having said that, we will be able to reuse a large part of our existing expertise, starting with the DS3 WRC's 1.6-liter direct-injection turbo engine. Work has already begun in our Versailles technical center and is set to be stepped up in the coming weeks, with the first tests of our car and the start of our development program to prepare for the 2014 season."
Although Citroen has yet to reveal which model in its production lineup will its WTCC car be based on, it is counting on Loeb's racing experience to help it in the series.
"It's a bit of a dream to think that we are going to write a new chapter in our history," said the nine-time WRC champion. "I can't wait to get out on track in the car and start testing. I have used this transitional year to try out various experiences and to improve my track driving skills. I don't expect to win straight away, but I am determined to get there one day."