Citroen is set to debut its latest concept WRC car at the forthcoming 2016 Paris Motor Show.

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The 2017 Citroen C3 WRC will compete in next year’s FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as the automaker makes a move back to the motorsports world after taking a year off.

Several changes have been made to Citroen’s WRC model, with this concept featuring an increase in overall length and width, as well as the addition of a larger front spoiler, bigger rear wing and wider wheel arches.

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The alterations mean the car is now 55mm longer than the 2015 Citroën DS3 WRC and a total of 1875mm wide.

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Under the hood, the car is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine capable of 380bhp – about 80bhp more than Citroen’s 2015 WRC model. Changes to the engine regulations in the championship means the car comes with a bigger restrictor that has helped push up the power.

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In terms of overall look, the car has clearly been adapted for racing, with carbon wing mirrors, dual chrome chevrons and a gel capsule put on the canopy.

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However, the concept C3 WRC remains relatively close to the new C3, so Citroen may be considering the release of a version to rival other popular sporty options such as the Fiesta ST.

As well as the new C3 racing concept, the Paris Motor Show will also see the appearance of a number of other new Citroen models, such as the E-Mehari, SpaceTourer, and the C4 Picasso.

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Citroen Racing has a strong record with the WRC, having picked up eight manufacturer titles and 94 stage wins over the years.

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The team is currently putting the C3 WRC through its paces as testing continues in Portugal – ahead of the car’s debut at the Monte-Carlo Rally in January 2017.

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