The FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) is without a doubt one of the most demanding competitions in the world of motorsports. And also one of the most spectacular! This legendary competition takes in 14 different countries, from Argentina’s rugged trails to Sweden’s snow-covered forests. As the official fuel supplier and a longstanding partner of Citroën, Total is a major player in this competition.
Total, official fuel supplier for the WRC
Chosen as the official fuel supplier for the WRC until the end of 2021, we harnessed all our expert capabilities to develop TOTAL EXCELLIUM RALLY, a high-quality fuel designed to withstand various weather conditions. It is also more environmentally-friendly, because it includes 10% second-generation bioethanol - produced from waste wood or straw, as well as stalks, leaves or non-editable parts from fruit and vegetables.
Each season, we produce 250,000 to 300,000 litres of this fuel, which is packaged in drums then shipped to the rally sites. On-site, a dozen people set up 2 to 3 mobile stations to offer optimum refuelling conditions for competitors throughout the race, whatever the category – WRC, WRC2 Pro, WRC2, Junior WRC - in line with the specific features of each event.
Citroën and Total: 51 years of close collaboration
In 2018, Citroën and Total celebrated 50 years of their partnership. Half a century of close collaboration, exchanges and innovation, often with great success. With 100 WRC victories since 1999, the Citroën Total WRT team is targeting the world champion title in 2019, Citroën’s 100th anniversary year.
To achieve this goal, it is vital to be competitive in all conditions, from sub-zero temperatures in Monte Carlo or Sweden to high altitudes in Mexico (engines lose 10% of their power for every 1,000m increment) or stifling heat in Sardinia. These different challenges require continuous work on the lubricants in order to constantly improve performance in terms of friction, weight, longevity and temperature control, for the engine, gearbox and transmission system.
Head of Citroën Racing