Citroen Racing don’t mess about when it comes to screwing a rally car together. The Current machine ploughing through the stages is already a proven winner, further solidifying Citroen Racing’s ability. Though the record 96 wins and eight manufacturer titles probably do that, too. And it knocks out cars like this, it’s not hard to see why they’re winners. Will the C3 WRC follow suit?

C3 WRC – ready for the stages

It might be a concept, but this C3 has been built with the stages firmly in mind. It’ll do the rounds as show car to start with, but come 2017 it will be dodging trees and skating on gravel at breakneck speed. And we mean that – thanks to an increased flange on the turbo (now 36mm) the C3 kicks out 380bhp. Handy, considering every second counts on a WRC event.

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We’ll take two

It’s not just more powerful, it’s also bigger, too. In rallying, this is a good thing. There’s more room for effective aerodynamic elements, like the front spoiler and the extended rear wing. The 1,875mm width also means the C3 has more cornering ability. Which helps ensure it doesn’t hit rocks. Or spectators.

It’s also lighter than the current car by 25kg. Despite being bigger, the addition of lots of carbon fibre has ensure it’s light on its wheels. It’s a much better suggestion that cutting off Kris Meeke’s legs to save weight. There would have been issue there.

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We can’t wait to see this compete

The Citroen Racing C3 WRC will be making its stage debut next January at the iconic Monte Carlo Rally. Until then, you can get your fill at the Paris Motor Show, where it will be on stand 320 in Hall 1. Feel free to take us with you. We won’t complain.