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Citroen : C2 Sport

With the unveiling in 2003 of C2 CitroŽn Sport at the 73rd Geneva Motor Show, CitroŽn is clearly demonstrating a long-term commitment to motor sports. After a build-up of several years, with particularly fruitful and rewarding results in recent sporting events, CitroŽn decided to combine the vitality of its concept car department with the know-how of CitroŽn Sport to express a futuristic vision of motor sports. The result: the C2 CitroŽn Sport concept car.

Citroen C2 Sport
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A long-term sporting commitment

Following a string of victories claimed by the Xsara Kit Car, the Xsara T4 and Ė today Ė the Xsara WRC, CitroŽn is taking part in all the events of this yearís World Rally Championship (WRC) for the first time in its history.

CitroŽn began its worldwide campaign on a high note by securing the first three places in the first event of the season Ė the Monte Carlo Rally Ė with the Xsara WRC. A historic hat-trick won by Sťbastien Loeb / Daniel Elena, Colin McRae / Derek Ringer, and Carlos Sainz / Marc Marti

In 2002, CitroŽn had already made its mark in a host of international and national championships.

Citroen C2 Sport
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CitroŽn enjoyed success in the Junior World Rally Championship, with the title won by Spainís Dani Sola and his Saxo Super 1600, and the second and third places secured by Italyís Andrea Dallavilla and Finlandís Janne Tuohino, through which CitroŽn was able to dominate the final podium of this discipline.

The Marque won more laurels in Spain, where it came first in the national rally championship Ė driversí and manufacturersí categories Ė with Jesķs Puras and the Xsara WRC, and in rallycross, where Kenneth Hanson won his 10th European Championship title at the wheel of his Xsara.

In the national championships, 2002 was a great year for CitroŽn teams driving the Saxo Super 1600, as illustrated by the various championship titles won in Germany, Belgium, Hungary and Portugal.

Citroen C2 Sport
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Last, CitroŽn also claimed first place in Franceís Super 1600 Rally championship. The two official Saxo Super 1600s took first and third place respectively.

CitroŽnís other sporting philosophy: close contact

CitroŽn views rally racing as a ďhuman adventureĒ. Racing brings the brand closer to the public, for whom motor sports, looking beyond questions of pure performance, represent a world of excitement and fascination!

CitroŽnís sporting policy is based first and foremost on a human commitment. The idea is to provide a career track for promising young drivers: to identify talented participants in the promotional formulas, bring them up through the ranks with the Junior WRC and Ė ultimately Ė give them their chance in the WRC.

Citroen C2 Sport
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This is the case of Sťbastien Loeb, who was noticed by Guy Frťquelin, the head of CitroŽn Sport, in the brandís promotional formulas. Since then, Sťbastien Loeb has climbed the ranks of the global hierarchy in record time. After winning the Junior WRC in 2001 with the Saxo Super 1600, he got the chance to drive the Xsara WRC Ė in tests and then in a WRC rally Ė at the end of 2001. He rose to the top with amazing speed!

For all young drivers who dream of following in the steps of Sťbastien Loeb, the C2 Citroen Sport concept car also seeks to convey the idea of a human adventure, this being a key component of the brandís sporting policy.

When it comes to sporting values, CitroŽn is also strong attached to its various promotion formulas (Saxo Rally Challenge, Saxo T4 Trophy, Saxo Rallycross Challenge and Saxo Super 1600 Trophy), a fertile breeding ground of new talent. This is true not only in France, but also in other countries, where CitroŽn is represented by its subsidiaries and/or importers.

C2 CitroŽn Sport : a car expressing sporting performance

An expression of high-tech design, C2 CitroŽn Sport shows the form a future racing vehicle might take, in the light of CitroŽn Sportís continued commitment to customer sport. It is an expression of the brandís dynamic vitality.

In terms of looks, the striking style of C2 CitroŽn Sport expresses intense driving sensations combined with quality of build: power and performance.

For sports enthusiasts, the exterior styling of this concept car will immediately bring to mind visions of sliding, acceleration and braking, backed up by the absolute control of a well-balanced car.

The proportions, wheel base, wide tracks and front end of C2 CitroŽn Sport express a high level of density. Its wide air intakes, rounded bonnet and plunging design lines suggest remarkable performance capacities, as do the strongly marked and generously sized wheel arches. These two aspects combine to make C2 CitroŽn Sport a concentrate of power, energy and pleasure.

Technical characteristics of C2 CitroŽn Sport


  • Developed from the TU5JP4 production engine

  • Capacity (cc): 1,587Bore/stroke (mm): 78.5 x 82

  • Max power (bhp Ė rpm): 225/8,500

  • Max torque (mkg - rpm): 20.5/7,000

  • Max rotation speed (rpm): 9,000Specific output (bhp/l): 141Distribution

  • 2 overhead camshafts driven by a toothed belt

  • Mechanical tappet with adapted cam profilePower supply

  • Magneti-Marelli multipoint injection

  • MF 4M single butterfly-valve type, diameter 60 mm


  • Front-wheel drive

  • Reinforced transmission shafts

  • ClutchPushed mechanism

  • Cera-metallic single disc(diameter: 184 mm)

  • Gearbox 6-speed dog clutch, sequential control

  • ZF limited-slip differential


  • Front: ventilated discs gravel 300 x 28 mm asphalt 355 x 28 mm4-pot callipers

  • Rear: 290 x 8 mm discs2-pot callipers

  • Front/rear distribution adjustable by lever

  • Hydraulic handbrake SUSPENSION

  • Front: MacPherson type (joint welded wishbone, anti-roll bar)

  • Geometry: fully adjustableRear: specific trailing arms with coil spring

  • Shock absorbers with external reservoirs (front and rear)


  • DirectHydraulic power assisted


  • Rims: Gravel 6x15 Asphalt 7x17

  • Michelin tyres: Gravel 16/65/1 5 Asphalt 17/63/17


  • 1,000 kg

  • Front/rear distribution: 60/40%


  • Reinforced body shell with roll cage

  • Glass fibre front and rear bumpers

  • Airfoil Aluminium crankcase protection


  • Length: 3,660 mm

  • Width: 1,795 mm

  • Wheelbase: 2,326 mm

  • Front track: 1,633 mm

  • Rear track: 1,568 mm

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