First spy pictures of Citroen's new WRC car in action

Citroën is finalising two hot versions of the DS3 to cement that model’s position as its motorsport vehicle.

The DS3 WRC has been caught testing on asphalt in France, with Citroën’s six-time rally champ Sébastien Loeb behind the wheel.

See the pics of the two DS3 rally models in testing

It has been designed for new rally rules next year that simplify transmissions and downsize engines from 2.0 litres to turbocharged 1.6-litre units.

However, it’s likely that the car in these images is fitted with a detuned version of the 2.0-litre turbo used in the existing C4 WRC.

Citroën and Ford have both been evaluating next year’s challengers with current powerplants in recent months.

Further down the motorsport ladder, Citroën Racing — the Satory-based operation that’s responsible for all of the firm’s on-track activities — has released details of its club-level DS3 rally car.

Built to R3T rules, the DS3 R3 has a tuned version of the 1.6-litre turbo engine from the road car, now with 210bhp and 258lb ft, and a semi-auto sequential ’box. It will be sold to amateur rally competitors as a kit or in ready-to-drive form.

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16 July 2010

considering rally cars are road legal, it could appeal to hothatch fans with cash, around £40 to £50k maybe? similar price to the mugen civic but rally prepared with a much tighter chassis/bodyshell.

16 July 2010

I'm not a massive DS3 fan having seen a few on the road, but that looks really good!

16 July 2010

Agreed, looks fantastic.

16 July 2010

Given the success Mitsubishi and Subaru had on the back of their rally cars, never have really understood why Citroen, Peugeot, Skoda etc didn't also have a go at it. DS3 with this bodykit and 210bhp (fwd to keep costs down), sell like hot cakes? Sure C4 Loeb etc, but look at the poor image these marques have.

16 July 2010

[quote benjamino]DS3 with this bodykit and 210bhp (fwd to keep costs down), sell like hot cakes? [/quote]

While I agree with your point entirely, regular DS3s are selling like hotcakes so I suspect Citroën are going to be more worried about increasing production than raising the company profile. Still, we can dream, can't we?

I hope the DS3 WRC does as well as the previous cars. It's been amazing to watch a company enter the sport and do so well.

A good few months into sales, and I haven't seen a DS3 yet. The new C3s are beginning to arrive in the rental fleets, but DS3s will be private purchases - unless the Guardia Civil buy them. They're currently introducing C5s and since no one else uses them, any unmarked C5 parked by the roadside should be viewed as a camera car.

16 July 2010

This looks great, and confirms my opinion that the DS3 looks miles better when there is a minimum of chrome on it, and also with a body colour roof. Nearly all of the ones i've seen in the press (including Autocar's specced up long termer) look far too fussy.

I haven't seen many DS3s on the road yet, but there do seem to be quite a few unregistered ones lined up outside the Citroen dealers, which concerns me slightly in relation to the very high predicted residual values..


16 July 2010

i like the rally car, but the ds3 looks awful compared to the A1 in this weeks mag.

16 July 2010

[quote beachland2]

i like the rally car, but the ds3 looks awful compared to the A1 in this weeks mag.

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I agree - I read the article where the Autocar tester was describing how they'd specced up the DS3, and which options they'd gone for. It made me cringe, but, as ever, I guess its down to personal choice.

16 July 2010

Citreon missed a trick not making a road version of the C4 WRC I hope they don't do the same again with the DS3.

17 July 2010

"Citreon missed a trick not making a road version of the C4 WRC I hope they don't do the same again with the DS3."

Is anyone here not the slightest bit interested in the fact that the DS3 marks a new form of WRC car? Anyone want to know how the this new crop of smaller/lighter cars will fair against the current WRC cars like the C4 and Focus? J

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