A Citroën C3 R5 at the 2018 Rally Italia Sardegna
|Constructor||Citroën World Rally Team|
|Predecessor||Citroën DS3 R5|
|Engine||1.6 L (98 cu in) 4-cylinder, 16-valve turbocharged front transverse|
|Transmission||five-speed sequential 4-wheel drive|
|Notable entrants|| Citroën World Rally Team|
CHL Sport Auto
|Notable drivers|| Stéphane Lefebvre|
Ole Christian Veiby
|Debut||2018 Tour de Corse (WRC-2)|
|First win||2019 Rally Argentina|
The Citroën C3 R5 is a rally car built by Citroën World Rally Team. It is based upon the Citroën C3 road car and is built to Group R5 regulations. The car made its début at the 2018 Tour de Corse where it was driven by the French crews of Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau, and Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud.
In early 2017, Citroën began the development of the C3 R5. The C3 would be designed to improve on the previous offerings of Groupe PSA in the R5 discipline, the Peugeot 208 T16 and the Citroën DS3 R5, both of which proved problematic and unpopular with R5 customers. The C3 had little relation to its predecessor, the DS3.
Throughout summer 2017, Citroën Racing Technologies employed factory Citroën drivers Stéphane Lefebvre and Craig Breen as part of the development team for the C3, along with Yoann Bonato, who was hired for the project. The first working model was completed in September of 2017, and a month later the test C3 made its public debut at the Rallye du Var, with Bonato driving a few stages as a non-competitive entrant to the rally.
The Citroën C3 R5 passed international homologation on January 1st, 2018, and was now ready for competition. It made its competitive rallying debut at the Tour de Corse in April of that year, with Yoann Bonato taking second place in the WRC-2 class, and 10th overall in the rally.
Including the original test cars, a total of 26 C3s have been constructed as of May 1st, 2019, with 22 having been sold to independent teams. In the hands of Yoann Bonato, the C3 won the French Rally Championship in 2018, and continues to be used by the Citroën World Rally Team in the WRC-2 Pro class of the World Rally Championship, in the hands of Mads Østberg.
World Rally Championship-2 victories
|1||2019 Rally Argentina||2019||Mads Østberg||Torstein Eriksen|
WRC-2 Pro results - factory team
|2018||Citroën Total Rallye Team||Stephane Lefebvre||MON||SWE||MEX||FRA
|Ole Christian Veiby||MON||SWE||MEX||FRA||ARG||POR||ITA||FIN||DEU||TUR||GBR||ESP
|2019||Citroën Total WRT||Mads Østberg||MON||SWE
WRC-2 Results - third party entrants
|2018||CHL Sport Auto||Yoann Bonato||MON||SWE||MEX||FRA
|Simone Tempestini||Simone Tempestini||MON||SWE||MEX||FRA||ARG||POR||ITA||FIN||DEU||TUR
|2019||CHL Sport Auto||Yoann Bonato||MON
|DG Sport||Guillaume de Mevius||MON
- * scored points with different entries. - ** season still in progress.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Citroën C3 R5.|
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- Evans, David (31 May 2017). "Citroen starting from scratch with WRC2 car". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 3 June 2017.
- "Corsica linea Tour de Corse 2018 Entry List" (PDF). tourdecorse.com. tourdecorse.com. 15 March 2018. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- Rally results of Citroën C3 R5