The C4 WRC finished a sparkling four-year career on a high note with its 36th win in 56 rallies on the recent Wales Rally of Great Britain. During the 2010 season, the C4’s last World Rally Championship before the introduction of DS3 WRC in 2011, the victorious partnership of Loeb and Elena achieved a unique feat of winning points in every rally, with an average score of 21.
To celebrate one of the most successful rally cars in WRC history, and to mark the end of an era for the C4 WRC, here are some of the car’s highlights:
1: Unveiling at the Paris auto show, 2006
The C4 WRC was first seen at the Paris Motor Show in 2006 when Citroën were planning to re-enter the WRC as a Works manufacturer team. The C4 WRC was slated to replace Citroën’s Xsara WRC, which had already won victories in the hands of Colin McRae, Carlos Sainz and Sébastien Loeb.
2: First outing at Monte Carlo, 2007
Blasting onto the world stage with a one-two finish straight out of the box, the C4 WRC dominated on the hills of Monte Carlo with Sébastien Loeb behind the wheel. The victory was the first of eight during the 2007 season, securing Loeb the WRC drivers title and setting the benchmark for the next four seasons.
3: Victory at Rally GB 2007 seals drivers title for Loeb
Flying through the stages of the Welsh forests, Loeb took an emphatic victory to win the drivers title in 2007 at the final round. The C4 WRC showed its quality in the slippery conditions.
4: Argentina 2008 Causing a splash on the Argentine stages, Loeb set about retaining his drivers crown in 2008 and aimed to deliver a constructors crown to the team with the support of teammate Dani Sordo in the sister C4 WRC. The car’s adaptability to different conditions proved to be one of its key assets during the campaign. The 2008 season gave Citroën its first manufacturer title with the C4 WRC.
5: Norway 2009
The Norwegian stages are some of the toughest in the world but the C4 WRC provided Loeb with a worthy platform to take on the Scandinavian drivers who thrive in the wintery conditions.
6: Citroën tries Hybrid Technology
During April of the championship-winning 2009 season, Citroën revealed a hybrid version of the C4 WRC. Dani Sordo was in the driving seat, setting some impressive times for a dedicated test program in Portugal.
7: Triple podium in Portugal 2010
A maiden win for rookie Sébastien Ogier with Loeb, Sordo and Solberg in toe, gave the C4 WRC a one-two-three-four finish in Portugal 2010. The feat underlined the car’s dominance on tarmac events. In fact, he C4 was undefeated on tarmac-based events during its four-year stint in the WRC.
8: Turkey record-breaking jump
Rallying is all about thrills, spills and ‘big air’ and Rally Turkey was no exception. Sébastien Loeb took his C4 on a gravity-defying leap on the Ballica stage on his way to another victory.
9: Home victory and a Championship for Citroën and Loeb
The French Rally was where Citroën and Loeb secured the driver and manufacturers titles for 2010. It was an added bonus that it was home soil for both the team and driver, with the fans flocking to see them cross the finish line and enter racing history.
10: A swansong in Wales 2010
With both the drivers and manufacturers titles wrapped up at the previous event in France, the C4 WRC had its final outing in a competitive event, and achieved a final victory to end a four-year reign at the top of the championship tables.
Olivier Quesnel, the Citroën Racing Team Principal commented, “With ten wins in 13 rallies I think Citroën Racing has had its best season since it arrived in the world championship. We had two aims this year: continue winning with the C4 and prepare for the future by developing the DS3 WRC. We’ll see in Sweden 2011 if we’ve done a good job, but I’m feeling confident for next year.”