2011 Citroen DS3 WRC makes its debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 1, 2010

At the 2010 Paris Auto Show, be prepared to see a bunch of 2011 World Rally Championship racers. Aside from the Citroen DS3 WRC and the MINI Countryman WRC, Ford has its Fiesta RS WRC on display.

It features a turbocharged 1.6 liter Ecoboost engine, which is a product of the collaboration between Ford, M-Sport and French tuner Pipo Moteur. Ford has yet to announce the official specifications though.

The car will be driven by BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers Mikko Hirvonen and Jarmo Lehtinen and team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala and Miikka Anttila. Its test program for the 2011 season (with the new engine) is set to debut next week on gravel roads in Spain.

But its racing debut will be at Rally Sweden. It will appear at the opening round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship that will start on February 10.

Designed and built to comply with new rules set by FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), the 2011 Citroen DS3 WRC is set to prove that budget limitations are not a hindrance to race in prestigious competitions like the World Rally Championship.

After all, new FIA rules bars the use of costly materials like titanium and carbon fiber. It also called for the standardization of vehicle certain parts like the turbocharger while limiting the changes that can be implemented on a vehicle during its lifetime.

Because of these funding challenges, rallying is still a viable testing arena for innovations in terms of vehicle technology.

The new 2011 Citroen DS3 WRC will have its rallying debut at Rally Sweden in February 2011. Two teams so far have confirmed to take the new DS3 WRC to the 2011 World Rally Championship -- Sébastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, and Sébastien Ogier /Julien Ingrassia.

Press Release

Citroen DS3 WRC

Citroën is unleashing an all-new contender for the 2011 World Rally Championship - the Citroën DS3 WRC. The hotly anticipated replacement for the multi-championship winning C4 WRC will make its global public debut at the 2010 Paris Motor Show.

Aggressive, dynamic and packed with ‘Créative Technologie’, the DS3 WRC represents the efforts of Citroën Racing to push performance to the limit during its development, whilst complying with the new FIA regulations. After five WRC manufacturer’s and six consecutive driver’s titles for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, Citroën is out to extend its run of success with the DS3 WRC.

More compact than its predecessor, the Citroën DS3 WRC boasts the same powerful lines as the production DS3, although they are emphasised by the cooling vents and aerodynamic parts designed to improve road holding at high speeds. Under the bonnet, the 300hp 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine was conceived from start to finish by Citroën Racing. The four-wheel-drive transmission incorporates a six-gear sequential gearbox and front and rear mechanical differentials.

DS3 WRC is designed to limit the budgets required to compete in the WRC. The new FIA rules ban costly materials such as titanium and carbon-fibre, and standardise certain parts like the turbocharger and limit the changes that can be made to the vehicle during its lifetime. Rally nevertheless remains a great testing ground for driving new advances in vehicle technology.

The icy stages of Rally Sweden in February 2011 are expected to give the model its first taste of competitive action. Two teams - Sébastien Loeb / Daniel Elena and Sébastien Ogier / Julien Ingrassia - have already been confirmed for the 2011 World Rally Championship.

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