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 by Richard Owen
engine XU7JP4 Inline-4
position Transverse
aspiration Garrett Turbocharged
valvetrain 4 Valves / Cyl
displacement 1998 cc / 121.9 in³
bore 85 mm / 3.35 in
stroke 88 mm / 3.46 in
power 223.7 kw / 300.0 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 150.15 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
torque 520 nm / 383.5 ft lbs
driven wheels 4WD
front tires Michelin
rear tires Michelin
front brakes Vented Discs w/6-Piston Calipers
f brake size x 376 mm / x 14.8 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/4-Piston Calipers
r brake size x 318 mm / x 12.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Power Assist
f suspension McPherson w/Coil Springs
r suspension McPherson w/Coil Springs
curb weight 1230 kg / 2712 lbs
wheelbase 2555 mm / 100.6 in
front track 1568 mm / 61.7 in
rear track 1568 mm / 61.7 in
length 4167 mm / 164.1 in
width 1770 mm / 69.7 in
transmission Transverse XTrac 6-Speed Sequential
gear ratios :1