It’s a simple formula: chuck out luxury items to reduce weight; construct around the raison d’être of motor sport homologation; fettle mechanically; fit white wheels and/or rally graphics; and then charge less.
So here we go: lose 28kg (no electric mirrors, can of puncture mousse in place of wheel, no fog lights, smaller windscreen wash bottle, etc); unique front bodywork for the rally car quest, and a 2500-unit limited production; a manual gearbox that helps shave 1.4sec on the VTR’s 0-60mph time; white wheels and WRC red paint; all for £10,495 - a £500 saving over the VTR.
In the past, such PSA group tweakery has given us the legendary 1300cc 106 Rallye and 306 Rallye. And remember - white wheels are what Stefan Roser’s white socks are to 911 anoraks. It’s a small detail - the uninitiated will question your taste - but understanding proves you’re on the right wavelength.
The C2 VTR isn’t the most promising of starting points. Although it brought massive improvements in comfort, safety and ergonomics over the Saxo - all areas where that car was particularly weak - driver satisfaction nestled somewhere between translucent door handles and load-bearing tailgate on the job list, and nothing illustrated that more than the standard-fit Sensodrive transmission.