Total with French teams
Total has been a Citroën partner for 45 years
This historic partnership with the double chevron brand is part of a global strategic relationship between the PSA Peugeot Citroën Group and the Total Group, based on four key factors:
- R&D: close cooperation between the R&D teams of PSA and Total,
- Industry: first-fill supply of lubricants in PSA plants worldwide,
- Sales: global endorsement of Total lubricants for the maintenance of Citroën vehicles ("Citroën prefers Total") and Peugeot ("Peugeot recommends Total")
- Sports: support for Citroën and Peugeot motorsports programmes.
Total first backed Peugeot in the World Rally Championship from 2001 to 2005, winning 3 "manufacturers" and "drivers" titles in 2001 and 2002. Late in 2005, the two partners focused on Endurance, with the Peugeot Total Team and the 908 winning many races, including a superb victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2009 and an Endurance World Championship title in 2011.
After a large number of victories when the Paris-Dakar was held in Africa, Citroën – with the support of Total – decided to enter the 2001 World Rally Championship. Since 2003, the Citroën Total World Rally Team has had an unparalleled track record with eight "manufacturers" world championship titles and 9 "drivers" world titles for the Loeb – Elena tandem.
Lubricants for the WRC
Extreme conditions require "custom" lubricants. If in the World Rally Championship, the regulation requires that all the teams use the same fuel, they have complete freedom in terms of lubricant formulation, whether for the engines or the transmission (gearbox). For Rally events, each of which is longer than 1,000 km, including 400km of time trials (also known as specials), during which variations in engine temperatures and speeds are extremely high, Total provides lubricants specifically developed for Citroën. Total and Citroën teams of engineers have been working closely together for 45 years, with constant concern for the reliability of mechanical components on the one hand, and for gains in performance on the other.