A Century of Cars: 75. Solido Citroen Xsara WRC
The Xsara was a development of the
CitroŽn ZX and Peugeot 306 shared platform of chassis and running
gear. The 306 and the related CitroŽn ZX were widely regarded as the
best handling small family cars of the time until the arrival of the
It came in three and five-door hatchback and five-door estate body styles; the estate was marketed as the Break and the three-door as the Coupť. The styling shared cues with the larger Bertone designed Xantia, but was regarded as bland by the motoring press.
The Xsara World Rally Car, based on the road-going Xsara hatchback but ultimately having very little resemblance to it under the skin, was one of the most successful cars ever to compete in the World Rally Championship. In 1999, the WRCs predecessor, the two-wheel-drive naturally aspirated Xsara Kit Car, won overall in Rallye Catalunya and Tour de Corse. This car was considered the best car in the class.