The World Rally Championship - WRC
In 1968, CITROËN and TOTAL signed an engineering and commercial partnership agreement which immediately overlapped into racing. The destinies of our two brands in motorsports have never parted since.
From improving engine performance by reducing friction with the development of new lubricants, to analyzing them after each event, and optimizing fuel consumption, CITROËN and TOTAL engineers and scientists have been facing and overcoming challenges together for over 45 years.
This teamwork has resulted in some of motorsports' finest legends. The successes in the WRC World Rally Championship (WRC) recorded since 2001 are a great example. The partnership has faced the technical challenges with the Xsara, followed by the C4 in 2004 and then the DS3 in 2010, and the human side of the adventure with the emergence of an extraordinary driver, Sébastien Loeb.
The Alsace-born rally racer now has an unparalleled track record: nine world titles in a row, 78 victories in the WRC (ending with the Rally Argentina 2013), allowing Citroen to win 8 Manufacturer's World Champion titles.
What’s going ahead in 2016?
The Citroën Racing team will be putting its participation in the WRC on hold next season. The team decided to devote 2016 to development of its new WRC model to face the new regulation that will be put in place in 2017.
Wider, more powerful and more impressive, with imposing aerodynamic features, the 2017 generation World Rally Cars will therefore succeed the cars that first appeared in 2011.
Nevertheless, in 2016 Total will be partner of the Abu Dhabi Total World Rally team which will enter DS 3 WRCs at a selection of WRC rallies based in Europe. Beginning by Rallye Monte-Carlo (18-24 January 2016). The Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team will provide Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Stéphane Lefebvre/Gabin Moreau and Craig Breen/Scott Martin the opportunity to develop their experience in WRC cars.
2016 will be a transitional year before Citroën Racing returns as a works team in 2017. Prepared by the PH Sport team, the DS 3 WRCs will be entrusted to various drivers, including Kris Meeke, Stéphane Lefebvre, Craig Breen and Khalid Al Qassimi. Between one and three cars may be entered at each of the rounds chosen, depending on the event and the opportunities that arise.
Young French man Quentin Gilbert, crowned Junior World Champion in WRC 3 last year in a DS3 R3 with Total support, will be racing in WRC 2 this season at the wheel of a DS 3 R5.