Auction of Xsara WRC replica to raise funds for Great Ormond Street
It’s an opportunity of a lifetime for motorsport enthusiasts everywhere - and it’s all in aid of charity, raising funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. A unique Citroen Xsara WRC replica, signed by world rally champion Sébastien Loeb and Citroen Sport team manager Guy Frequelin, is up for grabs in a special 10 day, bids-only sale on ebaymotors.co.uk, the leading web based auction service.
With just 5,500 miles on the clock, this replica car looks like the world rally dominating Xsara WRC, and has been modified by Citroen specialist Cituning and has been maintained to an as-new standard by Citroen UK Limited as part of the company’s press fleet.
Based on a 2002 Xsara VTS coupe, the replica’s body kit includes a wide body conversion with rear spoiler, upper tailgate spoiler and headlamp eyebrows. Inside the cabin, the front seats have been replaced with sculpted Evolution Cobra seats, re-trimmed rear seats and door panels plus a carbon-look dash. OMP 4 point harnesses and OMP Rally steering wheel and gear lever complete the rally feel of the car.
The engine too has been customized with a modified cylinder head, fast road cams, ‘Green’ air filter kit and a re-mapped engine management computer, boosting the power to well over the standard 170 BHP. To balance this power the Xsara WRC replica sports ‘WR Pro’ 6 pot brakes with semi-racing pads and 336mm discs.
Lowered suspension sees the flared wheel arches hug the Michelin tyres shod on CITUNING WRC modula alloys finished in white whilst the under body features a sump guard, tank guard and rally mud flaps.
The total value of the conversion from standard car to WRC replica was £8,000 and it even comes with the special number plate X100 WRC.
"We hope enthusiasts will see this as a fantastic chance to buy a unique piece of motorsport memorabilia and help contribute a significant sum to the Great Ormond Street charity," said Marc Raven, Communications Director for Citroen UK Ltd. "One glance at the specification sheet tells you this car is special, even before you add Sébastien’s signature, which is in indelible ink!" he added.
In addition to signing the bonnet, Loeb and team boss Guy Frequelin have also signed the car’s log book adding further to the value of the car.
Bids for the car can be made at www.ebaymotors.co.uk from the 11th December for 10 days. The highest bidder will win the car and proceeds from the sale, after costs, will be presented to Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children.Published 11 December 2004