Citroën DS3 WRC

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]
2016 Rally GB - Kris Meeke.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 220 kW (300 hp) 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 220 kW (300 hp) to 205 kW (275 hp), 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]

World Rally Championship resultsEdit

WRC championship titlesEdit

Year Title Competitor Entries Wins Podiums Points
2011 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers   Sébastien Loeb 13 5 9 222
FIA World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers   Daniel Elena 13 5 9 222
FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers   Citroën Total World Rally Team 26 10 18 403
2012 FIA World Rally Championship for Drivers   Sébastien Loeb 13 9 10 270
FIA World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers   Daniel Elena 13 9 10 270
FIA World Rally Championship for Manufacturers   Citroën Total World Rally Team 26 10 20 453

WRC victoriesEdit

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

Complete WRC resultsEdit

Year Entrant Driver Rounds Points WCM
pos.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
2011   Citroën Total World Rally Team   Sébastien Loeb SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
2
JOR
3
ITA
1
ARG
1
GRE
2
FIN
1
GER
2
AUS
10
FRA
Ret
ESP
1
GBR
Ret
425 1st
  Sébastien Ogier SWE
4
MEX
Ret
POR
1
JOR
1
ITA
4
ARG
3
GRE
1
FIN
3
GER
1
AUS
11
FRA
1
ESP
Ret
GBR
11
  ICE 1 Racing   Kimi Räikkönen SWE
8
MEX POR
7
JOR
6
ITA ARG GRE
7
FIN
9
GER
6
AUS
WD
FRA
Ret
ESP
Ret
GBR
Ret
48 EX
  Petter Solberg World Rally Team   Petter Solberg SWE
5
MEX
4
POR
6
JOR
Ret
ITA
3
ARG
4
GRE
4
FIN
5
GER
5
AUS
3
FRA
EX
ESP
Ret
GBR
Ret
98 4th
  Van Merksteijn Motorsport   Peter van Merksteijn Jr. SWE MEX POR
22
JOR
Ret
ITA
Ret
ARG
Ret
GRE
Ret
FIN GER
9
AUS
13
FRA
Ret
ESP
17
GBR
Ret
16 9th
  Peter van Merksteijn Sr. SWE MEX POR JOR ITA
Ret
ARG GRE
Ret
FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Citroën Racing Technologies   Evgeny Novikov SWE MEX POR JOR ITA ARG GRE FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
7
GBR
2012   Citroën Total World Rally Team   Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
6
MEX
1
POR
Ret
ARG
1
GRE
1
NZL
1
FIN
1
GER
1
GBR
2
FRA
1
ITA
Ret
ESP
1
453 1st
  Mikko Hirvonen MON
4
SWE
2
MEX
2
POR
EX
ARG
2
GRE
2
NZL
2
FIN
2
GER
3
GBR
5
FRA
3
ITA
1
ESP
3
  Citroën Junior World Rally Team   Thierry Neuville MON
Ret
SWE
12
MEX
13
POR
8
ARG
5
GRE
6
NZL FIN
16
GER
12
GBR
7
FRA
4
ITA ESP
12
72 5th
  Qatar World Rally Team   Nasser Al-Attiyah MON SWE
21
MEX
6
POR
4
ARG
9
GRE
Ret
NZL FIN GER
8
GBR
10
FRA
Ret
ITA ESP 71 6th
  Thierry Neuville MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL
5
FIN GER GBR FRA ITA
18
ESP
  Chris Atkinson MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL FIN
39
GER GBR FRA ITA ESP
  Hans Weijs, Jr. MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL FIN GER GBR FRA ITA ESP
Ret
  Van Merksteijn Motorsport   Peter van Merksteijn Sr. MON
Ret
SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL FIN GER GBR FRA ITA ESP
  Peter van Merksteijn Jr. MON SWE
19
MEX POR
10
ARG GRE NZL FIN GER
Ret
GBR FRA ITA ESP
  Collectif Equipe de France Rallye   Sébastien Chardonnet MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL FIN GER GBR FRA
10
ITA ESP
  PH Sport   Luca Pedersoli MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE NZL FIN GER GBR FRA ITA
10
ESP
2013   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team   Sébastien Loeb MON
1
SWE
2
MEX POR ARG
1
GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA
Ret
ESP GBR 280 2nd
  Mikko Hirvonen MON
4
SWE
17
MEX
2
POR
2
ARG
6
GRE
8
ITA
Ret
FIN
4
GER
3
AUS
3
FRA
6
ESP
3
GBR
Ret
  Dani Sordo MON SWE MEX
4
POR
12
ARG GRE
2
ITA
4
FIN
5
GER
1
AUS FRA ESP
Ret
GBR
7
  Kris Meeke MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS
Ret
FRA ESP GBR
  Abu Dhabi Citroën Total World Rally Team   Dani Sordo MON
3
SWE MEX POR ARG
9
GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA
2
ESP GBR 63 6th
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE
Ret
MEX POR
9
ARG GRE
Ret
ITA
10
FIN GER
11
AUS
9
FRA ESP
11
GBR
  Chris Atkinson MON SWE MEX
6
POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Kris Meeke MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN
Ret
GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Robert Kubica MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
Ret
  Dani Sordo MON SWE
Ret
MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  PH Sport   Bryan Bouffier MON
5
SWE MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Benito Guerra MON SWE MEX
8
POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Tomáš Kostka MON SWE MEX POR ARG GRE ITA FIN GER AUS FRA
Ret
ESP GBR
2014   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team   Kris Meeke MON
3
SWE
10
MEX
Ret
POR
Ret
ARG
3
ITA
18
POL
7
FIN
3
GER
Ret
AUS
4
FRA
3
ESP
19
GBR
6
210 2nd
  Mads Østberg MON
4
SWE
3
MEX
9
POR
3
ARG
Ret
ITA
2
POL
Ret
FIN
Ret
GER
6
AUS
16
FRA
7
ESP
4
GBR
3
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE
16
MEX POR
13
ARG ITA
10
POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
15
GBR
  Armando Pereira   Armando Pereira MON SWE MEX POR ARG ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA
Ret
ESP GBR
2015   Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team   Kris Meeke MON
10
SWE
7
MEX
16
ARG
1
POR
4
ITA
24
POL
7
FIN
17
GER
12
AUS
3
FRA
4
ESP
5
GBR
2
230 2nd
  Sébastien Loeb MON
8
SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Mads Østberg MON SWE
10
MEX
2
ARG
2
POR
7
ITA
5
POL
9
FIN
3
GER
7
AUS
WD
FRA
6
ESP
4
GBR
7
  Stéphane Lefebvre MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS
13
FRA ESP GBR
  Mads Østberg MON
4
SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE MEX ARG
6
POR
24
ITA
10
POL FIN
16
GER AUS FRA ESP
15
GBR
  Stéphane Lefebvre MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER
10
AUS FRA
11
ESP GBR
8
  PH Sport   Sébastien Chardonnet MON
47
SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
  Stéphane Lefebvre MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP
50
GBR
  D-Max Racing   Yuriy Protasov MON
16
SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER AUS FRA ESP GBR
2016   Abu Dhabi Total World Rally Team   Kris Meeke MON
Ret
SWE
23
MEX ARG POR
1
ITA POL FIN
1
GER CHN
C
FRA
16
ESP
Ret
GBR
5
AUS
  Stéphane Lefebvre MON
5
SWE MEX ARG POR
35
ITA POL
9
FIN GER
Ret
CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR
9
AUS
  Craig Breen MON SWE
8
MEX ARG POR ITA POL
7
FIN
3
GER CHN
C
FRA
5
ESP
10
GBR
Ret
AUS
  Khalid Al Qassimi MON SWE
19
MEX ARG POR
26
ITA POL FIN
16
GER CHN
C
FRA ESP
12
GBR AUS
  Marcos Ligato MON SWE MEX ARG
7
POR ITA POL FIN
44
GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR AUS
  José Alberto Nicolas MON SWE MEX ARG
18
POR ITA POL FIN
Ret
GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR AUS
  Quentin Gilbert MON SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR
17
AUS
  D-Max Racing   Felice Re MON
20
SWE MEX ARG POR ITA POL FIN GER CHN
C
FRA ESP GBR AUS

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". 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