Citroën Racing is providing a glimpse of its 2017 WRC fighter with a concept that will be on display at the Paris Motor Show in October.

Prior to its rally debut in January 2017 at the famous Monte Carlo Rally, the C3 WRC is making its online appearance in concept guise and Citroën says that it’s very close to the final car. As you would imagine, it’s based on the all-new C3 supermini that came out a few months ago, but it benefits from a 55-mm larger chassis and a more aerodynamic body as per the new WRC regulations set to be implemented in 2017.

The pocket rocket looks mean with its massive diffuser and a prominent rear wing, while the carbon fiber touches all add up to give the C3 WRC a real racing appearance. It goes without saying that Citroen’s new weapon for the World Rally Championship is going to fully comply with the 2017 WRC regulations, so the diameter of the turbo restrictor will grow from 33 mm as it is on 2016-spec cars to 36 mm. The upgraded turbocharged 1.6-liter engine will allow the C3 WRC develop somewhere in the region of 380 horsepower, thus on par with the C-Elysee that takes part in WTCC.

Another change brought by the 2017 regulations is the drop in minimum weight of 25 kilograms (55 pounds) compared to the current cars. The all-new Citroën C3 WRC is going to be 4.15 meters long and 1.9 meters wide and will take advantage of an electronic differential control.

Citroën already has an impressive collection of eight manufacturer’s titles and a total of 96 wins in WRC, so the new C3 rally car must live up to some great expectations. It won’t be easy though, as besides the usual rivals, the French racing team will also have to face the newcomer Toyota GAZOO Racing and its WRC-spec Yaris.

Until then, the C3 WRC is going to be exhibited in concept guise at the Paris Motor Show next month.

Source: Citroën

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