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.
|Category||World Rally Car|
|Predecessor||Citroën C4 WRC|
|Successor||Citroën C3 WRC|
|Chassis||Reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage|
|Length||3,948 mm (155.4 in)|
|Width||1,820 mm (71.7 in)|
|Axle track||1,618 mm (63.7 in)|
|Wheelbase||2,461 mm (96.9 in)|
|Engine||Custom-built Citroën 1,598 cc (97.5 cu in) I4 turbocharged transversal|
|Transmission||Sadev 6-speed sequential manual transmission |
Front and rear mechanical auto-locking differentials
|Weight||1,200 kg (2,645.5 lb)|
|Competition history (WRC)|
|Notable entrants|| Citroën Total World Rally Team|
Citroën Junior Team
Petter Solberg World Rally Team
Qatar World Rally Team
|Notable drivers|| Kris Meeke|
Khalid Al Qassimi
|Debut||2011 Rally Sweden|
|First win||2011 Rally Mexico|
|Last win||2016 Rally Finland|
|Constructors' Championships||2 (2011, 2012)|
|Drivers' Championships||2 (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 and Stéphane Sarrazin.
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.
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.
World Rally Championship resultsEdit
WRC championship titlesEdit
|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|
Complete WRC resultsEdit
- "TECHNICAL DATA SHEET". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2011.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 30 September 2012. Retrieved 1 December 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 29 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 5 March 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
- "Citroën DS3 RRC: A new addition to the family!". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 24 October 2012.
- "Meeke wins record-breaking Finland - wrc.com". wrc.com. Retrieved 17 April 2018.
- DS3 WRC juwra.com
Mini John Cooper Works WRC
| Autosport Awards
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