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Citr?en C4 WRC, Loebs car in 2007!


Sep 27, 2004
Stavanger, Norway
I hope this isn't a repost but here are pictures and a video of the new Citr?en C4 WRC car
scheduled for competing with Loeb at the wheel in 2007, starting at Monte Carlo.

Video of Loeb driving the new C4 WRC

More pics and videoes here.
A bunch of high resolution ones here:



First tests for the C4 WRC
Published: December 10th, 2005

At the 8th of December 2005 and for the first time, the World Champion team-mates, S?bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena took the wheel of the WRC (World Rally Car) version of the C4 coup? which will enter the FIA World Rally Championship in 2007.

"Since the Rally of Catalunya and the announcement of Citro?n's comeback in 2007, explained Guy Fr?quelin, "the whole team, including S?bastien, was motivated and very impatient to see the C4 WRC drive again."

For the first real tarmac test of the C4 WRC, Citro?n Sport wished to benefit from good and stable weather conditions. For that reason, the team chose a road in South of France, going from the 'Col de Gratteloup' to 'Roquebrune' in the Var region.

The weather was fantastic for the first two days when Philippe Bugalski, Citro?n Sport's test driver, covered over three hundred kilometres without a single problem.

The weather conditions worsened the third morning, but S?bastien Loeb and Daniel Elena could drive a short while on dry roads. The rest of the test was completed on very slippery roads as it started to rain heavily.

After his very first contact with his future car, S?bastien Loeb gave his impression :"After a few kilometres, I felt confident despite the tricky road conditions. The car is well-born and easy to drive. It's a Citro?n and its has been designed according to the WRCs regulations which means there are similar points with my usual car, such as the engine noise for example.
Regarding the handling, I would say the suspension works well as far as vertical travel is concerned, which makes the car comfortable and efficient. The general balance is really different from what I know. C4 seems to be at ease in the slow sections. Generally speaking I think we have an excellent basis to start working? and that I enjoyed very much this first time !"

Chief engineer Xavier Mestelan-Pinon was waiting with great impatience for the two-times-World-champion's analysis. "Seb has discovered a car of a different size with wide tracks as allowed by the regulations, new ergonomics inside the car, and a driving position further of the windscreen.
For the technical team, the first kilometres of a driver behind the wheel of a new car will bring a huge quantity of information. Furthermore we experienced changeable road conditions, and so we've found what we were looking for?"
^Good question!

I hope this doesn't become like Peugeot with their transition from the sucessfull and nimble 206, to the bigger 307 which led to a terrible campaign.
hanasand horribly fucked up the URL to the fullsize image. Here is the correct URL: