WRC: Citroen 2017 car on target after aero test

2016-06-14 14:05:25

Citroen team principal Yves Matton says the company's C3 WRC remains on schedule for its 2017 World Rally Championship debut following the first test of its aerodynamics in Finland last week.

Ahead of the new car's launch in April, Matton admitted that he had concerns about the timescale for the French firm's full-time return to the WRC, but last week's four days around the Rally Finland hotbed of Jamsa with Kris Meeke and Craig Breen went well.

"We have not had any major issues with the car from when we started testing," Matton said. "There have been some things which we have worked on, some small parts, but nothing has stopped us [for an extended period].

"I'm happy for this because if we did have to stop then it could make a problem for the timeframe we are working to. The timing is already tight, but we are still, more or less, on target."

Matton revealed the silhouette of the new car will change before its debut on next January's Monte Carlo Rally. Video footage of the car shows the front lifting on high-speed jumps, partly due to the aero weighting toward the rear of the C3.

"It will be easy to see the changes we make to the car," Matton said. "From the outside, it will be different. I won't say a radical change, but the idea is not yet finalized how [the aerodynamics] will look."

The team's fourth test will run at home in France later this month.


Originally on Autosport.com

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