|Citroën Xsara Rally Car '99|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec|
Gran Turismo 4
Gran Turismo PSP
Gran Turismo 5
Gran Turismo 6
|Type in GT5||Standard|
|Interior in GT6||Simple|
|Max Power||294 HP|
|Performance Points||474 PP|
|Max Torque||184.43 ft-lb|
|Top Speed||153mph (246kph) (MAX)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||3.27 kg (7.2 lb) per horsepower|
The Citroën Xsara Rally Car '99 is a rally car based on the pre-facelift Citroën Xsara. It first appeared in Gran Turismo 3: A-Spec, and has appeared in every main game since, with the exception of Gran Turismo Sport.
During the 1999 WRC season, Philippe Bugalski achieved two overall victories with this car, the first at the Rally Catalunya and the second at the Tour de Corse, achieving the 7th place overall at the end of the season.
"An incredible F2 kit car that overcame WRC cars to become overall champion."
In 1999, the Citroen Xsara accomplished the unimaginable. In the WRC, the Xsara, although it was categorized as an F2 Kit Car, emerged as the overall winner, besting bigger and supposedly faster cars in higher classifications.
The F2 Kit Car's category consisted of 2-wheel-drive cars with naturally aspirated 2-liter powerplants. Engine modification of F2 Kit Cars was practically unrestricted, and the Xsara's was reputed to be producing more than 295 HP. The front tires had trouble hooking up with all this power, so traction control was equipped to the car's electronically-controlled hydraulic differential gearbox. The front and rear track were increased, and downforce-producing bodywork was installed. The rules also allowed for weight reduction of 270 kg below the stock model's.
It was in the 5th-round race of the 1999 season at Catalonia where the Xsara Kit Car, driven by Phillipe Bugalski, achieved its amazing victory. High-powered all-wheel-drive cars had come to dominate the WRC, and this marked the first time since 1988 that an FF car had won. In the 6th round at Tour de Corse, the Xsara achieved a 1-2 finish. These victories prompted the FIA to raise the minimum weight requirements for kit cars, fearing that their excessive speeds would lead to accidents. This immediately made the Xsara Kit Car uncompetitive, and Citroen developed a new all-wheel-drive rally car, one that was based on the Xsara Kit Car.
This car can be bought at the Citroën dealership for 350,000 Credits. It can also be won by completing the Super Special Route 5 Rally event.
This car can be bought at the Citroën New Car Dealership for 750,000 Credits.
This car can be purchased for 750,000 Credits.
This car is a Standard Car, and can occasionally be bought at the Used Car Dealership for around 145,000 Credits. The exact price of the car may vary depending on the mileage. It is a Level 11 car.
This car can be purchased for 150,000 Credits. It has a simple interior.
- The car represented in the game is based on the #16 vehicle entered at the 1999 Rally Catalunya and driven by Philippe Bugalski. This is identifiable due to the "MoviStar" stickers above the door numbers, the "RACC" logo below the door numbers and the "Rallye Catalunya - Costa Brava" sticker on the hood.
- Curiously, the car displays an incorrect driver number in the games. Since its first appearance, this car was always depicted with the #17. This could be a reference to the 1998 Catalunya Rally, where Philippe Bugalski drove a #17 Citroën Xsara during said rally, and achieved the 5th place overall at the end of the event.