Rally veteran Carlos Sainz was impressed by the latest evolution of the Citroën Xsara WRC after testing it for the first time in southern Spain recently.

Rally veteran Carlos Sainz was impressed by the latest evolution of the Citroën Xsara WRC after testing it for the first time in southern Spain recently.


The car, which was having its first gravel test in the run-up to next month’s Rally New Zealand, is a moderately updated version of the machine that won last year’s constructors’ title and with which Sébastien Loeb won the opening two rallies of the year.


Sainz said the new Xsara was not a huge step forward – more a steady improvement on a successful car.


"It's a step, but not a very big one,” the two-time world champion said. “There are some improvements to the engine, but I would say that they were useful rather than dramatic. There are also some changes to the bodywork, as the new rules allow, but this is not something you notice a lot when you are driving.


“There was no need to do anything revolutionary. It is more about making a little series of improvements in a few areas, rather than making big changes to one particular bit. This evolution is good to have, but it's not such a big deal. The car feels very similar to how it always did, which is a good thing."

Original article from Car