2001 Citroën Xsara T4 WRC


2001 Citroën Xsara T4 WRC

2001 Citroën Xsara T4 WRC

With 3 great days at the 2002 Monte Carlo Rally, Citreon proved they have the driver and machine to take on the best. Despite two cars dropping out before the event started, Sebastien Loeb drove the third and final car to victory leading all three days. Unfortunately, mysterious engine problems plagued the Xsara which caused the engine to shut off at any time. On the third day Sebastien’s own car shut off for 15 seconds cosing him valuable time.

For now, Sebastien Loeb is the 2002 Monte Carlo Rally winner, but for how long? A two-minute penalty hangs over his head for a tire change which was made in an unauthorized area. The penalty was immediately suspended after Citroen appealed. Within the next forty days the FIA will decide if the penalty will stand. If it should, that would make Subaru’s Tommi Makinen the most successful rally driver ever, with 24 wins and four Monte victories on the plate. It is a pity that accomplishment will be decided in a court and not out on the stages.

Pending 2002 Monte Carlo Results:

1. LOEB-ELENA Citroen Xsara 3h58’44800 2. MAKINEN-LINDSTR Subaru Impreza 3h59’30700 (+00’4590) 4 SAINZ-MOYA Ford Focus 4h00’46400 (+02’0160) 4. C.McRAE-GRIST Ford Focus 4h01’28700 (+02’4390) 5. GRONHOLM-RAUTIA Peugeot 206 4h01’38100 (+02’5330) 6. SOLBERG-MILLS Subaru Impreza 4h02’00300 (+03’1550)

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
engineXU7JP4 Inline-4
positionTransverse
aspirationGarrett Turbocharged
valvetrain4 Valves / Cyl
displacement1998 cc / 121.9 in³
bore85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke88 mm / 3.46 in
power223.7 kw / 300.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output150.15 bhp per litre
bhp/weightbhp per tonne
torque520 nm / 383.5 ft lbs
driven wheels4WD
front tiresMichelin
rear tiresMichelin
front brakesVented Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
f brake sizex 376 mm / x 14.8 in
rear brakesVented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake sizex 318 mm / x 12.5 in
steeringRack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspensionMcPherson w/Coil Springs
r suspensionMcPherson w/Coil Springs
curb weight1230 kg / 2712 lbs
wheelbase2555 mm / 100.6 in
front track1568 mm / 61.7 in
rear track1568 mm / 61.7 in
length4167 mm / 164.1 in
width1770 mm / 69.7 in
transmissionTransverse XTrac 6-Speed Sequential
gear ratios:1