In June, Citroen confirmed that it would be competing in the World Touring Car Championship starting from the 2014 season, with nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb joining the French carmaker once more. Well, Citroen has finally revealed its contender for the series, and it's the C-Elysee compact sedan.
"From a strictly technical perspective, the choice of a three-box sedan body was ideal in terms of aerodynamics," said Citroen Racing technical director Xavier Mestelan-Pinon. "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."
A 1.6-liter, 380hp direct-injection turbocharged engine mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox powers the C-Elysee WTCC's front wheels. Besides the 18-inch wheels, keeping the car firmly anchored to the tarmac are an integrated aerodynamic splitter and a sizable rear wing. An aggressively designed front bumper accentuates the radiator grille with its prominent double chevron, while the widened front and rear fenders give the car's bodywork "a decidedly racing feel."
However, as highly decorated a driver Loeb might be, he will still be a rookie in the WTCC next season. He'll also be up against stiff competition within the Citroen team since the carmaker has just recruited the services of three-time champion Yvan Muller.
"We have set ambitious goals for our new challenge in WTCC, and the arrival of a driver as experienced as Yvan will help us make rapid progress," said Citroen Racing managing director Yves Matton. "He has shown this season that he is at the peak of his powers and that his thirst for wins has never been greater. He will also be an excellent point of reference for Sebastien Loeb. The two men are from the same region and have known each other for a long time. Their mutual respect will create a natural cohesion within the team."