Citroën Racing has announced that it will run its C-Elysée model as it makes it FIA World Touring Car Championship debut next year. Seven-time World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Loeb has already been confirmed as one of the outfit’s drivers.
The French carmaker has followed SEAT in showing off a prototype version of the car it plans to field in 2014, which will be the first year under new WTCC technical regulations that allow for increased engine power and greater aerodynamic influence.
The road-going model has been targeted towards Citroën’s high-growth markets in the Mediterranean, Latin America, Russian and east Asian regions – a fair reflection of how the championship calendar is laid out.
“Choosing the C-Elysée as the basis for our WTCC car reflects very clearly our determination to use racing as an active means of supporting our commercial development,” Citroën CEO Frédéric Banzet said in the outfit’s media release.
Its racing model will sport a 380bhp version of the 1.6-litre turbo engine design required under the current regulations.
As is the case with the 2014 entries already confirmed by Honda and LADA – SEAT’s is still ‘TBA’, although it is widely expected to be locked in soon – the C-Elysée is front-wheel-drive.
It certainly looks like an absolute beauty and we can’t wait to see it in the flesh!