In 1981, Citroën decided to take on the World Rally Championship. Unfortunately, the Renault 5 Turbo had already arrived and was dominating everything else on the field. To beat Renault, Citroën got in touch with Lotus to co-develop a car. The result was a Visa hatchback body plopped on top of a Turbo Esprit engine and chassis.
It had 210hp and would have been more than a match for the R5. Unfortunately, testing revealed that the car was not sturdy enough to survive the rigors of the WRC. That combined with the debut of the all-conquering Audi Quattro resulted in the project being shelved. The car now resides in the Citroën Conservatoire Heritage Center, adjacent to the PSA factory just outside Paris.