Electric racer Raymond joins Hansen as a Citroen rallycross pioneer

by Rallycross World |

A shameless bit of self-promotion with a tenuous link to the news this week. Next week Frenchman Cyril Raymond will debut the newest Citroen in rallycross as he races the new STARD Citroen C3 ERX in the second round of the Projekt E series as part of Neste World Rallycross of Riga-Latvia.

Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, Citroen C3 ERX
The newest Citroen to hit rallycross is an all-electric C3.

For many years the honour or distinction of blooding new Citroens has been the preserve of Kenneth Hansen who pioneered ZX, Xsara, C4 and DS3 from Citroen.

Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, Hansen_Arendonk_TW_93_1
The Citroen ZX was Hansen’s first Supercar in 1993.

Raymond will race the new all-electric C3 in Latvia next weekend. The car is based around Citroen Racing’s customer R5 offering, retaining much of the chassis and running gear but powered by STARD’s REVelution drive train. With an output of 450kW and 1000Nm of torque the car uses three electric motors, one on the front axle and two driving the rear wheels. The cutting edge of rallycros technology, however, has its feet in the tradition of the sport as the regulations for Projekt E allow teams to build their own chassis, just as it has always been and was when Hansen chose the Citroen ZX as his own first rallycross Supercar.

Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, Hansen_Valkenswaard_TW_93

And if you want to find out more about Hansen, his Citroens and his incredible rallycross career, head to our shop and check out Kenneth Hansen Fourteen, the fabulous new book by Hal Ridge.

Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, 1998_Pembrey
The Citroen Xsara replaced the ZX, the first example coming in 1998.
Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, Hansen_C4_2006
In 2006 the Xsara gave way to the Citroen C4.
Hansen’s last Citroen and his last racecar, the DS3 of 2011.
Rallycross World | Hansen, Citroen, IMG_2026
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