After the tests held both on asphalt and on gravel, the Citroën C3 R5 was first shown to the public acting as vehicle zero in the Rallye du Var. After taking the French Rally Championship title by winning four rounds in the DS 3 R5, Yoann Bonato and Benjamin Boulloud celebrated their title by presenting the new product of Citroën Racing for careers-client.
At the podium ceremony, on the tracks or in the service park, the Citroën C3 R5 was the center of attention, the public was very pleased with its innovative appearance. The rally specialists -engineers, drivers, co-drivers and journalists- wanted to give details of the new Citroën Racing product to contest the R5 category.
From a technical point of view, the C3 R5 was equipped with a manual transmission, mandatory after the recent change in regulation. Yoann gave him the go-ahead and he was able to play the 14 stages without any problem.
“We had no pressure as we weren't racing and we had fun driving the Citroën C3 R5. The car reacts well to these changes and that is an important advantage in a racing-customer car ”, Bonato argued.
After this very successful appearance, the work of the engineers and development pilots will continue with the dispute of more test sessions, to operate both in the field of reliability and in the field of performance, before going to be homologated. by the FIA.
“I think it's fair to say that swapping the camouflage for a livery that emphasized the vehicle's design sparked a wave of excitement among fans. Many potential customers also expressed interest in the product. These three days of large-scale testing helped us to confirm and take advantage of what we learned in the last development sessions ”, said Yves matton, Director of Citroën Racing.
"We have reached another important milestone and the technical team will continue to work in the same direction to ensure that we provide our customers with a high-quality product.", finished the team-manager.