Citroen has taken a unique stab at commemorating Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena's nine World Rally Championship wins. Rather than work up yet another tired video of the champions expounding on the virtues, trials and and tribulations that come with being the very best for nearly a decade straight, the company whipped up a diorama atop Citroen DS3. The scale model covers nine separate rally terrains, including bits from Rally Finland and the Acropolis Rally. Each one of the nine sections features a 1:43 scale version of the duo's rally car from each year of victorious competition.

The model took Kieron Barter of Funky Lemon Design and his team some two months to complete. Initially displayed at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, the diorama is set to start a tour of various dealers beginning today. Check out the full press release below for more information.
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Citroën unveils nine-part diorama to celebrate Loeb and Elena's nine World Rally Championship titles at the SMMT
Unique 1:43-scale model moulded to real-life Citroën DS3
Model on show until 01 March before it embarks on countrywide dealership tour
Citroën has unveiled a World Rally Championship diorama to celebrate Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena's unrivalled nine FIA World Rally Championship titles. The model was revealed at the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) on 18 February and will remain on show at the venue until 01 March.

From the snow and ice of Rally Finland to the iconic ruins of the Acropolis Rally, the 1:43-scale model, which has been moulded to a Citroën DS3 – the same model with which Loeb and Elena won their ninth title – showcases nine different rally terrains; one for every championship win.

The eye-catching model has been finished to the highest quality, with the utmost attention to detail. Each rally terrain features a 1:43 scale model of one of the duo's championship-winning cars, dating back to 2004 and the Citroën Xsara.

Nothing has been left to the imagination as ice and dust clouds provide a sense of speed, while flowers, shrubbery, cameramen and spectators complete the scene.

Designed and built by Kieron Barter of Funky Lemon Design, the model took two months to complete.

Barter and his team of model-makers have been part of the project from the very beginning, from taking the initial moulds to putting the final touches to the entirely unique and staggeringly intricate artwork.

Describing the model-making process, Barter said how keen he was to be part of it, saying: "When I was initially approached by Citroën about this, I was really excited. It's definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience so I jumped at the chance. The most enjoyable, and perhaps most challenging part was working with a DS3 to get the mould for the car, purely because it's not something that I've done before and it was very important to get the mould right."

Marc Raven, Communications Director at Citroën UK said: "Sébastien and Daniel have a fantastic history with Citroën and have achieved an incredible feat that is unlikely to be replicated. To celebrate, we wanted to create something that was as equally unique as their achievements. We were keen for this to involve a DS3; the car that underpins their continuing success in the WRC, and this was the result! It's a fantastic piece of art and truly befitting of Seb and Daniel's amazing track record."

The model will be on show at the SMMT until 01 March. Citroën is planning a dealer tour later in the year and the model will also be on show at various events throughout the summer.

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      I was kinda hoping the diorama would have been a cake too :( Stupid TLC has raised my expectations to unachievable heights!
      • 1 Year Ago
      Reminds me of the fantastic miniature museum in Hamburg. makes me feel like a kid again.
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      Justin B.
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      Love it! The guys at Funky Lemon did a really nice job!
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      So many congratulations to Sebastian, but I'm honestly glad to see him move on. Your titles are secure, let somebody else have a shot.
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