Sideways Superstar – Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen DS3 WRC

Sideways Superstar – Sebastien Loeb’s Citroen DS3 WRC

It takes a special kind of driver to win a world championship. It takes a very special kind of a driver to win multiple world championships. And whilst debate might rage about who the greatest touring car or Formula 1 driver might be, it is hard to disagree about who is the greatest modern rally driver. Sebastien Loeb has not only won the World Rally Championship a record 9 times (and not only that, but in an unbroken run), but holds the record for most event wins, most podium places and most points scored. So pretty much everything then. (Oh, and don’t forget 3 wins at the Race Of Champions, winning the X-Games Rally Cross event in his first attempt, 2 French Sportsman of the Year awards, and a 2nd place at the Le Mans 24 Hours)

Loeb retried fully from rallying in 2013, and his final car was this, the Citroen DS3 WRC. Based on Citroen’s small family hatchback, the WRC spec DS3 manages to produce 300 bhp from it’s tiny 1.6 litre engine thanks to a turbo charger. This is driven through all four of the cars wheels to put the power down on the huge variety of surfaces the drivers encounter in a typical rally event. These cars have to be able to cope equally well on snow, ice, tarmac, gravel, mud and sand, so are built to be tough. Modern WRC cars are not as fast as some that have gone before them, but they are still able to hit 60mph in under 4 seconds go on to a top speed of 150mph. Usually whilst going sideways!

Loeb has had several liveries on his DS3, and the colouring page is based on the car he drove for his final season in the WRC, but if you fancy creating one of his other designs, there is also the blank template for you to get stuck in to