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2011 Citroen DS3 R3

By luanpa in | September 9, 2010 | (4) Comments

In addition to Citroen Racing’s official participation in WRC, where it has won five FIA World Championship Constructors’ titles, Citroen Racing has always offered products designed for customers. The champion team has now furthered this rich tradition with Citroen DS3 R3, a model set to make its rallying debut at the end of 2010.Versatile, high performance and yet affordably-priced, Citroen DS3 R3 is set to become the new leader in its category.

Under the bonnet lies a four-cylinder 1.6-litre THP (high pressure turbo) engine, which has been developed using the PSA production engine. Specific racing parts (air box, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo systems, electronic unit, etc.) have been deployed to boost the car’s power to 210bhp. In addition to its overall power, special attention has been given to increasing the engine’s torque to improve traction, one of the key factors in delivering efficient driving performance. With 350Nm, the Citroen DS3 R3 engine offers unrivalled flexibility on the road.

The standard monocoque chassis is lighter because it does not have the supports used on the production model.It has been re-welded and fitted with a multi-point roll cage made of over 45 metres of steel tubing. The industrially designed roll cage is pre-assembled outside the car, which means the welding is of a higher quality. Various details of the chassis design, such as the harness cross-member and the door crossbars, help to improve safety for the driver pairing. The monocoque chassis is delivered with all the brackets and mountings required to assemble the car, which reduces the construction time and cost.

For the first time ever, Citroen Racing has produced a customer-racing product fitted with a turbocharged engine. The experience acquired by the brand in WRC for almost ten years has been put to good use in its design. The 1.6-litre THP (high pressure turbo) engine is very closely related to the production model used throughout the PSA Group. Fitted with a regulation-compliant 29mm turbo flange, it develops 210bhp of power and generates a torque of 350Nm (with commercially available fuel). This second value improves traction and delivers excellent versatility at all engine speeds.

Several drivers took part in the tests.All of the drivers agreed that the car was easy to drive and highlighted three strengths: the torque of the 1.6-litre engine, the semi-automatic gearbox and the suspension. Citroen DS3 R3 offers impressive performance levels and looks set to become the new leader in its category in rallying.






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