DS3 pays homage to Citroën’s racing pedi­gree

Bray People - - MOTORING EXTRA -

WITH five Man­u­fac­tur­ers’ ti­tles in the WRC World Rally Cham­pi­onship and six Driv­ers/Co-Driv­ers’ ti­tles for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroén has carved its name in the an­nals of motorsport his­tory. To­day, the Mar­que is con­tin­u­ing the ad­ven­ture with the DS3 Racing.

The en­gi­neers at Citroen Racing took the DS3 and re­mod­elled it to re­flect the im­age of the brand’s mo­tor sports depart­ment. The DS3 Racing will go on sale in a lim­ited se­ries of 1,000 ex­am­ples in sec­ond-half 2010.

The DS3 Racing, 3.94 m long, ex­udes sport­ing per­for­mance. It re­tains the styling cues of the DS3, along with a range of other at­tributes that are 100% Racing, in­clud­ing a car­bon split­ter at the front, a spe­cial low waist­line and flared wings, and large 18-inch wheels. The DS3 Racing reaps the ben­e­fits of aero­dy­namic stud­ies on sport­ing ve­hi­cles, as il­lus­trated by the air dif­fuser, de­signed to main­tain ve­hi­cle sta­bil­ity at high speeds.

The cabin also gains a spe­cial de­sign, cre­at­ing a lux­u­ri­ous, el­e­gant and orig­i­nal at­mos­phere for pas­sen­gers. The use of car­bon adds an el­e­gant touch to the cen­tral dash­board fas­cia, steer­ing wheel trim, door arm­rests and the mount­ings of the bin­na­cle hood. The spe­cial seats carry the sig­na­ture of Citroen Racing.

Per­for­mance is a pri­or­ity for the DS3 Racing. De­vel­oped by Citro?n Racing, the en­gine reaps the full ben­e­fits of the Mar­que’s ex­per­tise. En­gi­neers worked on the 1.6 litre THP 150 en­gine, in­creas­ing horse­power from 156 to 200 bhp. Torque is also more gen­er­ous with plenty of power avail­able over a wide rev range, for a re­spon­sive, en­joy­able drive. And the en­gine unit has been remapped to get the most out of this lively, pow­er­ful en­gine.

The chas­sis and run­ning gear are the re­sult of high­pre­ci­sion de­vel­op­ment stud­ies: front and rear tracks 30 mm wider, body15 mm lower, with spe­cial shock ab­sorbers and springs, etc. The steer­ing has also gained in pre­ci­sion, and is tai­lored to the sport­ing char­ac­ter­is­tics of the DS3 Racing, with mod­i­fied con­trol pat­terns and new tyres. In con­se­quence, the DS3 Racing has all the qual­i­ties nec­es­sary to set the stan­dard for road man­ners in its seg­ment.

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