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.