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2003 Citroën Xsara T4 WRC

The Xsara T4 Rally and it’s drivers have led Citroen to great sucess. Sebastien Loeb, who lost the 2002 Monte Carlo to techinicalities, took the 2003 and 2004 editions of this race, driving the T4. Alongside Loeb, Colin McRae and Carlos Sainz havesince joined the every successful Citroen team. A new Citroen car, the C4, is set for homologation sometime in March 2004.

Monte Carlo Rally. Leg 3: Sunday January 25th, 2004

Sebastien Loeb, his Monaco born team-mate Daniel Elena took, the Xsara WRC and the whole Citroen team claimed a clear win in the Monaco harbour area today. With this success, following on from that obtained in the first round of the 2003 season, and the superb performance in 2002, the Double Chevron brand has definitely written its name in the history books of this, the most prestigious rally in the World Championship.

For the oldest rally of the World Championship, the first of the sixteen-round 2004 calendar, Citroen-Total entered two Xsara WRCs for its nominated crews Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Carlos Sainz/Marc Marti. A glance at the statistics reveals that the Frenchman and the Spaniard are in fact the only two drivers on the entry list who had already won this event.

Final Classification of the 72nd Monte Carlo Rally

1. S. Loeb/D. Elena (Citroën Xsara) 4 h 12 min 03 s 2. M. Martin/M.Park (Ford Focus) + 1 min 12.6 s 3. F. Duval/S. Prevot (Ford Focus) + 1 min 19.6 s 4. M. Gronholm/T. Rautiainen (Peugeot 307) + 1 min 26.8 s 5. F. Loix/S. Smeets (Peugeot 307) + 8 min 16.9 s 6. G. Panizzi/H. Panizzi (Mitsubishi Lancer) + 10 min 11.6 s 7. P. Solberg/Ph. Mills (Subaru Impreza) + 10 min 42.2 s 8. O. Burri/J-Ph. Patthey (Subaru Impreza) + 17 min 49.1 s 9. J. Beres/P. Stary (Hyundai Accent) + 19 min 43.1 s 10. N. Bernardi/D. Giraudet (Renault Clio) + 23 min 38.1 s

Citroen, World Champion 2003!

Success! Thanks to the superb second place secured by Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and the solid fourth position of Colin McRae/Derek Ringer at the Wales Rally GB, Citroen has claimed the overall title in its first full season in the World Championship. The Xsara WRC is the World Championship-winning car.

The manufacturer with the Double Chevron emblem was therefore able to bring to a successful end the nine-month marathon, which started with a magnificent one-two-three in the Monte-Carlo Rally. A campaign which included four wins, seven second places and two third places, a tally which exceeded the targets set at the start of the season.

2003 Manufacturers’ Championship

1. Citroen, 160 points 2. Peugeot, 145 points 3. Subaru, 109 points 4. Ford, 93 points 5. Skoda, 23 points 6. Hyundai, 12 points

Story by Citroen

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