2010 Geneva Motor Show: Citroen DS3 Racing

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 26, 2010

At the Geneva Motor Show, the Citroen DS3 Racing -- a rival to the Mini John Cooper Works -- was introduced. Compared to the standard car, the car is lower and has higher-performance brakes. Only 1,000 units of the Citroen DS3 Racing will go on sale.

Designer Mark Lloyd has confirmed almost all of its design; in fact, decals are feasible for production. Powering the car is a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, which produces 197bhp and 203lb ft.

Citroen's Racing department was able to achieve these gains by tuning the turbocharger, remapping the ECU and adding a new sports exhaust system.

Citroen Racing also gave the car a set of stiffer suspension springs. Its new front and rear shock absorbers widened the rear tracks by 30mm and lowered the car by 15mm. Special brakes were fitted. Citroen Racing improved the car's handling by tuning both the ESP and steering.

Styling modifications include a new lower body trim and wing extensions, 18-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim on the door handles and exhaust tip, and special chequered graphics on the roof.

For its interior, we see carbon trim on the dashboard and a center console and steering wheel. The car also becomes highly distinctive with the vibrant orange theme featured on the dash and gearknob.

Already boasting a beast of a performance, the DS3 DSport THP 150 has been additionally modified to bring out added performance and power that are perfect for the world of racing and motor sports. A heavily retuned DS3 modified by Citroen DS3 Racing made an appearance in 2010’s Geneva Motor Show.

There are a lot of features in the modified DS3 Racing by Citroen. It doesn’t lack both in how it performs and in how it makes its driver and passengers comfortable. The race car’s infotainment system is capable of connecting via Bluetooth or USB interface.

Audio experience is unparalleled thanks to the 8-speaker Hi-Fi system integrated into the vehicle. Also specific to the Citroen mode are the e-Touch Assistance System and the Switchable Electronic Stability Programme.

Press Release

Citroen DS3 Racing

Developed by Citroën Racing - the winning team behind five WRC Manufacturer's titles and six Driver's titles for Sébastien Loeb and co-driver Daniel Elena - Citroën DS3 Racing has an impeccable sporting pedigree. The specially tuned 1.6-litre THP engine produces 207hp and maximum torque of 275Nm, which means Citroën DS3 Racing boasts a top speed of 146mph, a 0-62 mph time of just 6.5 seconds and takes just 26.5 seconds to cover 1,000m from a standing start.

Based on the top-of-the-range DS3 DSport THP 150, Citroën DS3 Racing has been extensively modified, by Citroën Racing, to deliver optimised sporting characteristics and specific equipment from the world of motorsport.

Significantly better specified than many of its competitors, Citroën DS3 Racing is a driver's car that doesn't compromise on comfort or convenient technology - standard equipment includes automatic digital air conditioning, Bluetooth with USB connectivity and an eight-speaker HiFi system. Citroën DS3 Racing also has some new features such as S.ESP (Switchable Electronic Stability Programme) and the Citroën eTouch Assistance System.

RACING INSPIRED DESIGN

Respecting all of the fundamental design codes of DS3, Citroën DS3 Racing adds many more motorsport inspired features, including carbon fibre components such as the rear diffuser, front bumper, side rubbing strips and wheel arch extensions. The interior has received the same special treatment and the extensive use of carbon fibre continues on the centre console, steering wheel and door inserts.

Citroën DS3 Racing is available in two distinctive colour schemes, one with an Obsidian Black (pearlescent) body and a Sport Orange roof the other features a Polar White body with a Carbon Grey roof. The orange or grey roof colours are matched to the alloy wheels, door mirrors, chevrons, grille surround, tailgate spoiler and dashboard fascia.

The exclusive nature of Citroën DS3 Racing is clearly denoted by the addition of 'Citroën Racing' on the doors and figure-hugging sports seats, and the Citroën DS3 Racing signature on the rear tailgate.

POWER & DYNAMICS

Citroën's new DS3 Racing has everything needed to become the benchmark in its segment in terms of dynamic performance. Thrills and excitement are at the heart of Citroën DS3 Racing and on the road this car's sporting pedigree immediately becomes evident. Citroën DS3 Racing's power and performance come directly from the brand's expertise in rallying. Citroën Racing's engineers have increased the power output of the 1.6-litre THP engine from 156hp to 207hp. Maximum torque is also increased, from 240Nm to 275Nm - an increase of nearly 15% - and is available over a wide rpm range to improve acceleration and engine flexibility.

Citroën DS3 Racing's chassis and running gear have also been adapted and enhanced. The team's engineers have been able to accentuate feedback from the road, with even more precision and control, sportier handling and swifter cornering. The suspension settings have been modified, specific dampers have been fitted, front and rear tracks have been widened by 30mm and the ride height has been lowered by 15 mm. The braking system has also been up-rated, with 4-piston callipers and special brake discs at the front. All of these changes combine to profoundly enhance the on-road behaviour of Citroën DS3 Racing.

PRICING & ORDERS

Citroën DS3 Racing is priced at £23,100 MRRP OTR, including VAT set at the new 20% rate as first deliveries are expected to commence early in 2011.

Citroën have confirmed that 200 RHD cars will come to the UK and strong demand is already evident with more than 1,500 enquiries made through Citroën's UK website alone.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS

Dimensions (L x W x H): 3962 x 1717 x 1443 mm
Wheelbase: 2464 mm
Engine: THP 207hp
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Engine Type: 4 cylinders, 16v petrol + turbo
Capacity: 1598 cm3
Max power: 207 hp (152 kW) @ 6000 rpm
Max torque: 275 Nm @ 2000-4500 rpm
Tyres: Bridgestone Potenza 215/40 R 18
Standing 1,000 m: 26.5 s
0-100 km/h: 6.5 s
CO2 Emissions: 149 g/km

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