Peugeot RCZ (I know, it looks different, but it could work)
It won’t happen. Citroen and Peugeot are owned by the same parent company. So long as one is competing, the other will not take part.
why not take ’em to the WRC?
Because manufacturers will have to be convinced to join. It’s an expensive and time-consuming process, and most teams are looking for at least one year of development before they can even start competing, in which case they will usually only be able to do half a season. And even then, there’s no guarantee that the project will even get off the ground – just look at Mitsubishi with the Evo X.
Is it true VW are entering with a Polo R?
It’s been confirmed by Volkswagen for two weeks now. But they won’t be joining the championship until 2013.
There were 2 privately entered S2000 spec ( I believe) Hyundai Velosters at the US Rally Cross championship, so I don’t see why not. And as PM pointed out, Peugeot would be denied by Citroen if such an idea would come to light. But Why not keep it s2000 spec then? Then they have both companies racing! And the RCZ in rally gear would look bad ass wouldn’t it? And yes, VW is entering a Polo R in 2013.
Volvo is owned these days by Geely, a Chinese car manufacurer. Renault isn’t part of PSA, but a part of RenaultNissan (Renault, Nissan and Infiniti). On the subject of ‘in-house competition’, in the early seventies Fiat and Lancia ran the 124 Spider and the Fulvia in WRC despite being part of the same company. Some years later Lancia had to kill off the extremely succesfull Stratos because it would make mincemeat of Fiat’s 128 rally car. This competition between Fiat and Lancia is a classic example of politics in Italy.