DS3 RACING, R3 AND WRC CitroÃ«n Racing's three DS! The CitroÃ«n DS3 Racing and CitroÃ«n DS3 WRC unveiled during the Paris Motorshow represent two incarnations of CitroÃ«n's sporting prowess. With the CitroÃ«n DS3 R3, already presented this ...
DS3 RACING, R3 AND WRC
Citroën Racing's three DS!
The Citroën DS3 Racing and Citroën DS3 WRC unveiled during the Paris Motorshow represent two incarnations of Citroën's sporting prowess. With the Citroën DS3 R3, already presented this summer, Citroën Racing now has a range of three cars based on the flagship DS3.
Drawing on its expertise rewarded by five World Rally Championship Manufacturers' titles, Citroën Racing has designed and developed three models that incarnate Creative Technology.
The Citroën DS3 Racing, that incorporates all the company's sporting know-how, is the first series production car designed and developed by Citroën Racing. The engineers devoted all their attention to the 1.6- litre THP engine, whose power has been increased to 202 bhp while keeping the CO2 emissions down to 149 g/km. The lessons learned in competition have also been applied to the chassis. Thanks to the fact that the tracks have been enlarged by 30 mm, the ride lowered by 15 mm, specific dampers and its reinforced braking system, the road-going version of the Citroën DS3 Racing behaves like a true sports car. The DS3 Racing's look has certain elements in carbon and specific equipment derived from motor sport. It has been on sale since 1st September 2010.
The Citroën DS3 R3, which complies with the new FIA Group R regulations, continues the long tradition of rally cars destined for clients who want to go racing. It is closely derived from the series production model, and is on sale in kit form with a monocoque integrating the multi-point welded rollbar, the 1.6-litre THP 210 bhp engine and an automatic sequential gearbox - a first at this level. The suspension also developed by Citroën Racing provides a wide range of setups to adapt the car to all kinds of driving styles, both on gravel and on asphalt. The Citroën DS3 R3 combines first-class performance with a cost-capped running budget, and is already a yardstick in its category.
After the Xsara WRC and the C4 WRC, two cars that have won multiple World Rally Championship titles, Citroën Racing has unveiled the DS3 WRC. Citroën Racing has developed a completely new car that complies with the new regulations drawn up by the Fédération Internationale de l `Automobile (FIA). The 1.6-litre direct injection turbo engine has been designed and built in house by the engineers in the Versailles-Satory factory. The Citroën DS3 WRC will make its competition debut during the 2011 season, and its aim will be to win more world titles for Citroën. Two crews have been confirmed: Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena and Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia.
Olivier Quesnel, Citroën Racing Team Director
"The DS3 is currently Citroën's flagship model. For our engineers, it is also the ideal base on which to build a sports model and rally cars. The DS3 is compact, stylish and agile. Despite very different philosophies, the DS3 Racing, the DS3 R3 and the DS3 WRC share the same genes. They have been designed to become the yardsticks in their respective fields. With the DS3 WRC, Citroën is hoping to continue its on-going success, and is aiming for new world championship titles. The DS3 R3 is aimed at privateers who want a quick and reliable. The DS3 Racing is the road-going incarnation of our many world titles, and marks Citroën's return to the segment of small high performance sports cars."