Citroen C2 Sport: the case for small
The French know how to build sports cars. This is evidenced by the 59 victories of the French brands Peugeot, Renault and Citroen at the stages of the World Championship since 1973 – only the Italians and the Japanese have more. And despite the fact that Peugeot stands out from this trio with its 42 victories, Citroen’s progress in recent years cannot but cause respect.
The French know how to build sports cars. This is evidenced by the 59 victories of the French brands Peugeot, Renault and Citroen at the stages of the World Championship since 1973 – only the Italians and the Japanese have more. And despite the fact that Peugeot stands out from this trio with its 42 victories, Citroen’s progress in recent years cannot but cause respect. The Xsara over-successful racing kit-cars, one victory with Ksara WRC in 2001 and 2002, a full podium in Monte Carlo and the first dirt victory in Turkey in 2003, all this clearly hints that total lion dominance “This year is simply bound to stop. But even more significant are the successes of the brand in the junior rally Super-1600 class, recently renamed the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC). In 2001 and 2002, no one could get ahead of the pilots performing on the “kids” of the Citroen Saxo, and last year it also ended completely with a French podium following the results of the whole Championship. Why is this happening? The point is not only that Saxo itself is built with a head and with a love for racing. Being long-time fans of motor racing, the French have produced a lot of monocubes, small and not so much around this model: Saxo Rally Challenge, Saxo T4 Trophy, Saxo Super 1600 Trophy and even the Saxo Rallycross Trophy. From this year, the Saxo rally monogram exists in our country. Naturally, all the experience gained by engineers after a painstaking analysis of all the damage and claims to the car resulted in numerous improvements made to the design of the car. But the matter is not only in technology – it was in these monoseries that Sebastian Loeb was found, who seriously added a headache to all the other participants of the Championship.
So C2 is not just dressed in a rally “livery” and is a ready-made car for the Championship tracks – since the success began to come to the “double chevron”, it would be an unforgivable mistake to ignore it from the point of view of marketing. Sport, like a locomotive, can take the company’s image to a new level – this has already been proved by Ferdinand Pich using the example of Audi in the eighties. Even observing static C2, one cannot fail to notice the dynamics embedded in its small proportions. Light and short, with a wide gauge and well thought-out aerodynamics, this car develops design ideas implemented in the older C3: a small sloping hood, a small front overhang and almost no rear, a large glass area. The front-wheel prototype is equipped with a 1.6-liter sports engine with a capacity of 225 hp. at 8500 rpm, with a ceramic-metal clutch and six-speed mechanical sequential gearbox with locking. The 1000 kg weight is distributed between the front and rear axle in a 60/40 ratio. A la ger com a la ger!