Citroën CX Profile

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Citroën CX General Information

The Citroën CX was the replacement of the DS. It was another hugely innovative car, the step from DS to CX was much bigger as before from ID to DS, which also were cars way ahead of their time. They changed the engine capicity identification into a probably less confusing but also less unique style, as we move from ID19, DS21 & DS23 to CX 2200 & CX 2400 GTI.

Strangely in internal model codes the CX would be the MA. This probably becomes more interesting in WRCar chassis numbers such as Xsara being T4, C4 being B5, etc.. Citroen liked 2-digit model codes for a long time and in AX, BX, CX (though ZX doesn't quite fit - the BX was the GS successor, but slightly larger and squarer, leaving a gap between AX & BX in an important market filled by the ZX) they increased with the size of the cars. They also liked name games as ID = idea, DS = dé-esse = French queen and CX = aerodynamic drag coefficient. But ID and DS indeed had ID & DS as in house project codes while the CX was project MA. Mind you, by that theory the famous Citroën 2CV = by its tax class, should have been the AZ.

However all this didn't change much in rallying terms. Citroën didn't have a very active sports department at the time. The reason the CX was rallied in long distance events and in the Moroccan Rally was mainly down to the DS' huge successes in those events. Without serious works support the CX was never going to be the big number the DS has been. In fact works support has still been there, but as we move on to more modern times it became harder to win even in marathons with a group1 car, which spoiled Citroën's original ideas behind the ID, DS, SM & CX projects.

From a point of view for our database, this all has to be regarded as a big shame. Although the cars were more at home in marathon events rather than WRC ones, by the time the WRC was launched the CX was about to replace the ID, DS & SM models. Therefore the very little you find about big, old group1 Citroëns in this database results section is not even the tiniest tip of the ice berg to reflect the huge heritage and successes of big group1 Citroëns.

One novelty: The Citroën CX is the car with the 2nd longest wheelbase we ever found to be rallied: 2845mm! Maybe this is also reason why the works efforts started to slim down in those more modern days. The CX wheelbase is still huge, but it only underlines the DS' incredible record that the CX wheelbase was a full 280mm shorter! And for rough surfaces or high speed sections the longer your wheelbase is, the more settled will your car behave, not to be underestimated on marathons.
 

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Citroën CX Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Citroën CX 2200 (76-0) 115/5500 185/3000 4666.1730.1360 1330 (11.6) FWD (2845)
Citroën CX 2400 GTI (78-79) 128/4875 201/3600 4666.1730.1360 1330 (10.2) FWD (2845)

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Citroën CX Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
43rd. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo M. Hoepfner M. Fouquet #46 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
56th. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Cambiaghi M. Vittadello #56 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Citroën CX Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1979 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Dacremont . UNKNOWN #50 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1978 WRC Rallye de Portugal H. Toivonen J. Paajanen #24 [UNKNOWN] SS6 crash
Ret. 1978 WRC Acropolis Rally H. Toivonen J. Paajanen #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 no fuel
Ret. 1978 WRC Acropolis Rally R. Trautmann S. Roch #26 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash