Homologate This! Citroen BX 4TC
When you think of Group B rallying, you think of Audi Quattros and nutty MG Metro 6R4s flinging up gravel for miles. Vacant from that memory is this – the Citroen BX 4TC, quite possibly the worst homologation special ever produced. The BX 4TC showed up late to the game in 1986, with just a handful of races in the books before Group B closed up shop for good. The team managed a sixth place finish during the Swedish leg of the championship, providing Citroen its only points on the season. It’s not exactly hard to tell why.
Most successful Group B teams had honed the formula: mid-engine, short-wheelbase, four-wheel drive, and a big turbocharger. It worked for the Peugeot 205 T16, the Lancia Delta S4, and the MG Metro 6R4 (minus the turbo). Citroen ticked half the boxes.
The rally-spec BX 4TC sported four-wheel drive and a 380-horsepower turbocharged engine, but instead of packing it in the middle, the engine was mounted longitudinally and at the front of the car. This design didn’t exactly help the Citroen’s wheelbase issue either.
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As Group B regulations mandated, at least 200 street versions of the 4TC had to be built. However by 1988, only 85 cars had been sold, leading Citroen to launch an extensive buy-back process on the remaining cars in fear of steep after-sales and repair costs. Only 40 BX 4TC examples were alleged to have survived the crucible, making this unlikely hero quite the special car.
The road-going cars sported Citroen’s 2.1L four-cylinder turbo that produced 200-horsepower and 217 lb-ft of torque. Power was driven to all four wheels through a five-speed transmission, and if you ever see one – buy it.
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