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Old 09-12-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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Today and for the first time, the World Champion team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena took the wheel of the WRC (World Rally Car) version of the C4 coupé which will enter the FIA World Rally Championship in 2007.

"Since the Rally of Catalunya and the announcement of Citroën's comeback in 2007, explained Guy Fréquelin, "the whole team, including Sébastien, was motivated and very impatient to see the C4 WRC drive again. "

For the first real tarmac test of the C4 WRC, Citroën Sport wished to benefit from good and stable weather conditions. For that reason, the team chose a road in South of France, going from the 'Col de Gratteloup' to 'Roquebrune' in the Var region.

The weather was fantastic for the first two days when Philippe Bugalski, Citroën Sport's test driver, covered over three hundred kilometres without a single problem.

The weather conditions worsened the third morning, but Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena could drive a short while on dry roads. The rest of the test was completed on very slippery roads as it started to rain heavily.

After his very first contact with his future car, Sébastien Loeb gave his impression :"After a few kilometres, I felt confident despite the tricky road conditions. The car is well-born and easy to drive. It's a Citroën and its has been designed according to the WRCs regulations which means there are similar points with my usual car, such as the engine noise for example.
Regarding the handling, I would say the suspension works well as far as vertical travel is concerned, which makes the car comfortable and efficient. The general balance is really different from what I know. C4 seems to be at ease in the slow sections. Generally speaking I think we have an excellent basis to start working… and that I enjoyed very much this first time !



Chief engineer Xavier Mestelan-Pinon was waiting with great impatience for the two-times-World-champion's analysis. "Seb has discovered a car of a different size with wide tracks as allowed by the regulations, new ergonomics inside the car, and a driving position further of the windscreen.
For the technical team, the first kilometres of a driver behind the wheel of a new car will bring a huge quantity of information. Furthermore we experienced changeable road conditions, and so we've found what we were looking for…"


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Old 09-12-2005, 08:00 PM   #2
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hoho subaru and evo killer ;D
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Old 12-12-2005, 12:52 PM   #3
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hoho subaru and evo killer ;D
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Old 12-12-2005, 01:01 PM   #4
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Ya. Hate to say it but me was WRC Evo fan since the Evo 3 & Tommi Makinen days, very anti-Rex.

But since PSA came back in, me converted. One thing's for sure, their cars definitely more chio & fierce! Driver performance wise, they had the very experienced Carlos Sainz & now a very great team.
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