Citroën ZX Profile

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Citroën ZX General Information

To the model, as not everybody may recall it: The name seems to already suggest the ZX was a bit of a hasted or unplanned project. At the time Citroën had big limousines CX and BX with the latter being slightly smaller, and the compact car AX. But between AX & BX there was a gap in the all important class of Vauxhall/Opel Astra, Volkswagen Golf, Ford Escort, but there was no gap in letters. So the ZX was created. More famous may be that AX was followed up by the Saxo, BX by the Xantia and this ZX by the Xsara. Citroën always had many small cars and the GS was the predecessor to the BX, but there wasn't anything before the ZX. The ZX really was a stop gap, in a very important category, but still a car that seemed to come very suddenly out of nowhere and maybe because of that for a Citroën it was surprisingly characterless. Not ugly, or, maybe the problem is best described had the ZX come from Volkswagen it would have been modern and beautiful, but die hard Citroën fans would slap me in the face for describing this car as modern and beautiful. It wasn't ugly, but it was conservative and lacking imagination, but exactly this makes this rally project the more fascinating.

"A Citroën ZX Kit Car? When was that?" - I hear you say. This car came as a surprise to absolutely anyone. Citroën's rally involvement was low scale, basically non-existant for years since the AX World Championship appearences with Christine Driano, Yves Loubet, Maurice Chomat and Laurent Poggi. Citroën's main motorsport program was the raids a la Dakar with the groupB Peugeot 205/405 T16 based ZX (also having its datasheet here but looking very different indeed to the road ZX) and they were still operating from Peugeot Sport's head quarters in Vélizy. Then suddenly in 1995 this bright orangy-red ZX Kit Car appeared in the French Championship. Citroën never made a big fuzz about this program, but it seemed to be were Citroën's heart was beating. The car was a massive spectacle. It didn't look like an F2 kit car at all. There were no body kits whatsoever, a dead standard and conservative looking ZX. But there went extensive kit car engineering into the engine environment, it had huge intake trumpets and a nice sidepipe exhaust. The noise of this car made even the Renault Clio Maxi and the BMW M3 look pale and I would believe it was even louder and higher revving than the 306 Maxi with its related engine.

Patrick Magaud and on occasions Bernard Beguin (who was in-house meant to support Peugeot to their 1995 F2 title, but Beguin's sole 306 Maxi outing ended in an embarrassing crash and so he was shared between company sisters in Vélizy) were the drivers in France. They never won anything with the car, but were regular top5 finishers. Citroën Spain adopted one of the cars for Jesus Puras, who indeed won the Spanish championship with it, even twice, 1995 & 1997! (And for 1996 Puras was invited to Seat's F2 world championship program, otherwise it could maybe have been 3 titles in a row.) The car only had two WRC appearances also in the hands of Puras and Citroën Spain. Both were retirements. Still, having whitnessed this car live, the memories still fill my heart with warmth and cover my skin in goose bumps at the same time! The ZX is probably the most conservative base car we had for all F2 cars that existed, yet it was the loudest F2 car ever existing, which is a very exciting contrast! When you heard it for ages from the distance coming towards you, surely the last thing you would have expected flying into sight was a Citroën ZX! I simply could not ignore it for our database.

But also in historic terms it is a nice bit of information. The engine is the Peugeot XU10 unit, which is used in the later Xsara Kit Car. The ZX Kit Car program went from 1995 to 1997. The Xsara Kit Car program started in 1998. The Xsara program was far more public, but you see that "in secrecy" Citroën Sport had already gained valuable experience with a technically very related car!

Citroën ZX Related Content

Citroën ZX Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Citroën ZX 16v Kit Car (95-98) 256/9000 238/7900 4085.1720.1667 1015 (4) FWD (2540)
Citroën ZX Grand Raid (*) (00-00) 0 0 0.0.0 0 (0) 0 (0)

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Citroën ZX Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
25th. 1996 WRC Rallye Catalunya S. Vallejo D. Vallejo #37 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Citroën ZX Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1997 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Puras C. del Barrio #15 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension
Ret. 1995 WRC Rallye Catalunya J. Puras C. del Barrio #18 [UNKNOWN] SS13 suspension