Citroën unveiled its WRC-inspired, C4-styled Sport concept at the Geneva Motor Show and the competition version of the car could be ready before the end of the year.

Citroën unveiled its WRC-inspired, C4-styled Sport concept at the Geneva Motor Show and the competition version of the car could be ready before the end of the year.


The Citroën Sport offers a glimpse of what Sébastien Loeb’s next rally car will look like and gave a clear indication of the Xsara replacement’s styling. The headlights of the car were strongly influenced by the front look of the C-Airdream concept, and as can be seen from the pictures, the most distinctive design feature is the integration of the grille and Citroen's chevron badge.


And, according to magazine, a WRC car based on the C4 hatchback could break cover as early as the fourth quarter of the year, before making its competition début midway through the 2005 season. The car is likely to undergo a testing campaign before being used on events to avoid the reliability problems that plagued Peugeot with the new 307 WRC this year, and various components have apparently already been tested.


“The study for the C4 is already 90 per cent complete,” said Citroën technical director Claude Vaucard. “The first prototype will run some time in the autumn. We have some work to do. The new car will be bigger, as per the regulations, but there are some parts that carry over from the Xsara. The engine is similar, but parts around the engine are different.”


Citroën has pledged not to halt development of the existing Xsara WRC, however, despite its recent impressive pace on gravel and historic success on asphalt. Further changes to the car and a 2005 homologation are expected to still be developed.


“The current car is still not perfect,” Vaucard said after last weekend’s victory in Turkey. “We have to keep moving forward and develop the car, otherwise the others will come past.”

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