C2 CitroŽn Sport
A SPORTING DREAM!
the unveiling in 2003 of C2 CitroŽn Sport at the 73rd Geneva Motor
Show, CitroŽn is clearly demonstrating a long-term commitment to motor
sports. After a build-up of several years, with particularly fruitful
and rewarding results in recent sporting events, CitroŽn decided to
combine the vitality of its concept car department with the know-how of
CitroŽn Sport to express a futuristic vision of motor sports. The
result: the C2 CitroŽn Sport concept car.
A long-term sporting commitment
Following a string of victories claimed by the Xsara Kit Car, the Xsara T4 and – today – the Xsara WRC, CitroŽn is taking part in all the events of this year’s World Rally Championship (WRC) for the first time in its history.
began its worldwide campaign on a high note by securing the first three
places in the first event of the season – the Monte Carlo Rally – with
the Xsara WRC. A historic hat-trick won by Sťbastien Loeb / Daniel
Elena, Colin McRae / Derek Ringer, and Carlos Sainz / Marc Marti
In 2002, CitroŽn had already made its mark in a host of international and national championships.
enjoyed success in the Junior World Rally Championship, with the title
won by Spain’s Dani Sola and his Saxo Super 1600, and the second and
third places secured by Italy’s Andrea Dallavilla and Finland’s Janne
Tuohino, through which CitroŽn was able to dominate the final podium of
The Marque won more
laurels in Spain, where it came first in the national rally
championship – drivers’ and manufacturers’ categories – with Jesķs
Puras and the Xsara WRC, and in rallycross, where Kenneth Hanson won
his 10th European Championship title at the wheel of his Xsara.
the national championships, 2002 was a great year for CitroŽn teams
driving the Saxo Super 1600, as illustrated by the various championship
titles won in Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Portugal.
CitroŽn also claimed first place in France’s Super 1600 Rally
championship. The two official Saxo Super 1600s took first and third
CitroŽn’s other sporting philosophy; close contact
views rally racing as a “human adventure”. Racing brings the brand
closer to the public, for whom motor sports, looking beyond questions
of pure performance, represent a world of excitement and fascination!
sporting policy is based first and foremost on a human commitment. The
idea is to provide a career track for promising young drivers: to
identify talented participants in the promotional formulas, bring them
up through the ranks with the Junior WRC and – ultimately – give them
their chance in the WRC.
This is the
case of Sťbastien Loeb, who was noticed by Guy Frťquelin, the head of
CitroŽn Sport, in the brand’s promotional formulas. Since then,
Sťbastien Loeb has climbed the ranks of the global hierarchy in record
time. After winning the Junior WRC in 2001 with the Saxo Super 1600, he
got the chance to drive the Xsara WRC – in tests and then in a WRC
rally – at the end of 2001. He rose to the top with amazing speed!
all young drivers who dream of following in the steps of Sťbastien
Loeb, the C2 Citroen Sport concept car also seeks to convey the idea of
a human adventure, this being a key component of the brand’s sporting
When it comes to sporting values, CitroŽn is also strong attached to its various promotion formulas (Saxo Rally Challenge, Saxo T4 Trophy, Saxo Rallycross Challenge and Saxo Super 1600 Trophy), a fertile breeding ground of new talent. This is true not only in France, but also in other countries, where CitroŽn is represented by its subsidiaries and/or importers.
C2 CitroŽn Sport : a car expressing sporting performance
expression of high-tech design, C2 CitroŽn Sport shows the form a
future racing vehicle might take, in the light of CitroŽn Sport’s
continued commitment to customer sport. It is an expression of the
brand’s dynamic vitality.
In terms of
looks, the striking style of C2 CitroŽn Sport expresses intense driving
sensations combined with quality of build: power and performance.
sports enthusiasts, the exterior styling of this concept car will
immediately bring to mind visions of sliding, acceleration and braking,
backed up by the absolute control of a well-balanced car.
The proportions, wheel base, wide tracks and front end of C2 CitroŽn Sport express a high level of density. Its wide air intakes, rounded bonnet and plunging design lines suggest remarkable performance capacities, as do the strongly marked and generously sized wheel arches. These two aspects combine to make C2 CitroŽn Sport a concentrate of power, energy and pleasure.
Just like the ZX Rallye Raid which was launched several months before the more pedestrian versions, so our first sight of the new C2 is this body-kitted sports variant.
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