Citroën DS3 WRC

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The Citroën DS3 WRC is the World Rally Car built for the Citroën World Rally Team by Citroën Racing for use from the 2011 World Rally Championship season. It is based upon the Citroën DS3 road car, and replaced the highly successful Citroën C4 WRC. It was built to the new World Rally Car regulations for 2011, which were based upon the existing Super 2000 regulations, but is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre engine rather than the normally aspirated 2-litre engine found in Super 2000 cars.

Citroën DS3 WRC [1]
Kris Meeke Baiao Rally de portugal 2016.jpg
CategoryWorld Rally Car
ConstructorCitroën Racing
PredecessorCitroën C4 WRC
SuccessorCitroën C3 WRC
Technical specifications[2]
ChassisReinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage
SuspensionMacPherson type
Length3,948 mm (155.4 in)
Width1,820 mm (71.7 in)
Axle track1,618 mm (63.7 in)
Wheelbase2,461 mm (96.9 in)
EngineCustom-built Citroën 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbocharged transversal
TransmissionSadev 6-speed sequential manual transmission
Front and rear mechanical auto-locking differentials
Weight1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)
FuelTotal
TyresMichelin
Competition history (WRC)
Notable entrantsFrance Citroën Total World Rally Team
France Citroën Junior Team
Norway Petter Solberg World Rally Team
Qatar Qatar World Rally Team
Notable driversUnited Kingdom Kris Meeke
Norway Mads Østberg
United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi
France Sébastien Loeb
Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Spain Dani Sordo
France Sébastien Ogier
Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Norway Petter Solberg
Belgium Thierry Neuville
DebutSweden 2011 Rally Sweden
First winMexico 2011 Rally Mexico
Last winFinland 2016 Rally Finland
WinsTitles
266
Constructors' Championships2 (2011, 2012)
Drivers' Championships2 (2011, 2012)

Development work on the car had been carried out during 2010 by Citroën drivers Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sébastien Ogier and test driver Philippe Bugalski as well as sister Peugeot drivers Kris Meeke[3] and Stéphane Sarrazin.[4]

The engine has been specifically developed for this car (older regulations required that the engine be based on an existing mass-produced engine's cylinder block and head gasket). It officially develops 300 bhp (220 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 350 N⋅m (36 kgf⋅m) at 3,250 rpm.[2]

In October 2012, Citroën announced the DS3 RRC intended for use in the championships below that of the WRC: WRC-2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), some national championships and so on. Visually and internally, the two models (DS3 WRC and RRC) are different since the regulations are more restrictive on the RRC. For example, the WRC 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine has been slightly modified dropping the power from 300 bhp (220 kW) to 275 bhp (205 kW), visually the bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards. The other significant change concerns the brakes in tarmac configuration: the diameter of the discs has been reduced from 355 to 350 mm and the water-cooling system has been removed.[5]

At the 2016 Rally Finland, Kris Meeke established a new record for the fastest FIA WRC round in history, with a 126.60 km/h average speed.[6]

WRC victoriesEdit

No. Event Season Surface Driver Co-driver
1   2011 Rally México 2011 Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
2   2011 Rally de Portugal Gravel   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
3   2011 Jordan Rally Gravel   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
4   2011 Rally Italia Sardegna Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
5   2011 Rally Argentina Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
6   2011 Acropolis Rally Gravel   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
7   2011 Rally Finland Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
8   2011 Rallye Deutschland Tarmac   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
9   2011 Rallye de France Tarmac   Sébastien Ogier   Julien Ingrassia
10   2011 Rally Catalunya Tarmac/gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
11   2012 Monte Carlo Rally 2012 Tarmac/snow   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
12   2012 Rally México Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
13   2012 Rally Argentina Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
14   2012 Acropolis Rally Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
15   2012 Rally New Zealand Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
16   2012 Rally Finland Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
17   2012 Rallye Deutschland Tarmac   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
18   2012 Rallye de France Tarmac   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
19   2012 Rally Italia Sardegna Gravel   Mikko Hirvonen   Jarmo Lehtinen
20   2012 Rally Catalunya Tarmac/gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
21   2013 Monte Carlo Rally 2013 Tarmac/snow   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
22   2013 Rally Argentina Gravel   Sébastien Loeb   Daniel Elena
23   2013 Rallye Deutschland Tarmac   Dani Sordo   Carlos del Barrio
24   2015 Rally Argentina 2015 Gravel   Kris Meeke   Paul Nagle
25   2016 Rally de Portugal 2016 Gravel   Kris Meeke   Paul Nagle
26   2016 Rally Finland Gravel   Kris Meeke   Paul Nagle

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "TECHNICAL DATA SHEET". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Citroën DS3 RRC: A new addition to the family!". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Meeke wins record-breaking Finland - wrc.com". www.wrc.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.

External linksEdit

Awards
Preceded by
Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Autosport Awards
Rally Car of the Year

2012
Succeeded by
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak