Citroen WRC star Stephane Lefebvre and his co-driver Gabin Moreau have given a graphic account of the monster crash that saw them lucky to escape with their lives in Rally Germany.
The Citroen Saxo is a supermini car produced from 1996 to 2003 and it was sold in Japan as the Citroen Chanson. It shared many engine and body parts with the Peugeot 106 (which itself was a development of the Citroen AX), the major difference being interiors and body panels.
Although the quoted power outputs are low in comparison to modern small hatchbacks, or even to other hatchbacks of the time, the kerb weight was generally very low, with other smaller engine models being around 100kg lighter than this. This meant a high power-to-weight ratio which meant for decent acceleration and made the car suitable for city driving.
There were three sport models of the Saxo: the Westcoast, the VTR MK1 and the VTS 16V, all of which capable of powering out a 0-60 mph around the 10 second mark.
The equipment list was generally sparse, with budget models having driver's air bag, seat belt pre-tensioners, cassette player, heated rears screen and tinted windows, and early mk1's with keypad immobilizers and a clock in place of a tachometer.
Air conditioning was never an option on right-hand-drive Saxo's because the blower motor was mounted in the bilk-head on the driver's side.
As with many other small cars of the time, the standard stereo system included 5.25" drivers mounted low in the front doors and 4" drivers mounted in the rear quarter panels. It was a popular modification to improve on the system's overall frequency range by mounting separate tweeters in the A-panel trims.
By 2003, some buyers were more attracted to the spacious and practical five-door C3. The Saxo finally finished production in January 2004, when the three-door C2 was launched. By the end of the Saxo's production life, its design was 7 years old.