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Citroen C-Elysee WTCC car previewed before Frankfurt debut

Citroen will unveil a striking new racing car at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September called the Citroen C-Elysee WTCC. The car will compete in the World Touring Car Championship from 2014.

Citroen C-Elysee WTCC preview

The car will be the first of its type to fall within new FIA regulations which will be imposed on the championship from the 2014 season. It will be driven by none-other-than Sebastien Loeb.

Showcasing a clear design relationship true to the Citroen brand, the C-Elysee features an aggressive carbon fibre aerodynamics package, a huge rear wing, and heavily bolstered wheel arches.

Power comes from a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder producing 283kW and 400Nm. The power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission with a locking differential.

Citroen C-Elysee WTCC preview-rear

Weighing in at just 1100kg, the car is set to be a very competitive one out on the track. Xavier Mestelan-Pinon, Citroen Racing’s technical director, recently said,

“From a strictly technical perspective, the choice of a three-box saloon body was ideal in terms of aerodynamics. C-Elysee was therefore the perfect choice.

“Apart from this aspect, we were able to install the various components fairly easily. Insofar as this is our first track racing car, we constantly had to ask ourselves questions about the relevance of our choices, but that’s what makes this a particularly exciting challenge.”

The public will get a chance to see the racer in the flesh at the FrankFurt Motor Show, which runs from September 12-22.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.