lb-ft @ 2500 - 4000 rpm
hp @ 5800 rpm
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(from Citroen Press
Release) CITROňN DS3 RACING: A STYLISH SPORTS MODEL
There exists not one but
thousands of DS3s. And now, CitroŽn Racing, the Marqueís competition
department, has created its take of the new model and transformed it
into its own image. With five World Rally Championship Constructorsí
titles for CITROňN and six Driversí titles for Sťbastien Loeb and
Daniel Elena, there can be no doubts about the expertise of CitroŽn
Presented at Geneva in
special livery, the DS3 Racing stands apart with its special
positioning focused on sports performance and driving pleasure. An
outstanding concentrate of behind-the-wheel thrills featuring an
artful blend of performance and efficiency, the newcomer will take
up its place in the DS3 range with an appealing combination of verve
The DS3 Racing embodies
CITROňNíS ďCrťative TechnologieĒ with elegance, originality and
sportiness. It is fitted with the 1.6-litre THP engine developing
200 bhp, specially tuned to bring drivers intense thrills and
unrivalled on-road performance.
The DS3 Racing will be
launched in a limited series of 1,000 units in second-half 2010.
The styling of the DS3
Racing inspires boldness, desire, vigour and ambition. The DS3
Racing is a pure expression of sportiness. At 3.94 m long, its
eminently attractive, taut yet flowing lines evoke strength, energy,
driving pleasure and safety.
The DS3 Racing features
the same styling cues as the DS3 but adds full-blooded racing
attributes suggesting a vigorous purebred character.
It boasts carbon finish on the semi-rigid front bumper, lower body
trim and wing extensions, which emphasise the large 18-inch wheels
with their original, high-tech racer design. The side mouldings on
the doors are also finished in carbon.
The DS3 Racing benefits from aerodynamic research from the motor
racing sector. It sports a carbon-trimmed spoiler to maintain
stability at high speeds and a chrome-finished exhaust pipe that
elegantly punctuates the carís attractive lines.
All of this rally-based equipment strengthens the definitively
sporty and athletic character of the DS Racing, which signals its
exclusive character with a special signature on the tailgate.
The exclusive nature of the DS3 Racing is also illustrated by the
original livery of the car on show at Geneva. The body is painted
dark grey, while the roof, exterior rearview mirrors and brake
callipers are in orange and the grille and wheels in chrome orange.
The carís singular nature is also expressed with decals on the roof,
boot lid and fuel flap.
The DS3-based interior
gets the same special treatment as the exterior. Passengers are
bathed in a refined and original top-end atmosphere. Carbon
detailing is elegantly applied on the central console of the
dashboard, the steering wheel embellisher, the door armrests and the
hood of the instrument cluster.
The orange colour of the roof is echoed on the broad and elegant
dashboard inserts, the gearstick handle and the lower party of the
The exclusive personality of the DS3 Racing is once again clearly
evidenced in the numbered plate on the roof lining, while the
CitroŽn Racing signature adorns the backs of the specially designed
Engineered for more power
The DS3 racing is all
about performance. Developed by CitroŽn Racing, its engine benefits
from all the expertise of the teams of the Marque, five-time WRC
champion in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008 and 2009.
CitroŽn engineers took the 1.6 THP 150 unit and boosted power from
156 bhp to 200 bhp for top-flight results. Torque has also been
increased, by nearly 15% from 240 Nm to 275 Nm, and remains
available over a wide operating range ensuring flexibility and
The engineers achieved this by modifying and optimising powertrain
components. The turbo was tuned to achieve a 30% increase in power,
while the mapping of the engine control unit was tweaked to extract
the quintessence of this punchy, muscular powerplant. Lastly, the
exhaust gets a special tail pipe and muffler.
Running gear focused on driving
The chassis and running
gear of the DS3 have been expertly modified by the engineers for the
DS3 Racing to transcend the work already accomplished for the
regular model. The objective was to focus on intense driving thrills
and a permanent dialogue between driver and road. The DS3 Racing has
what it takes to become a standard-setter in the segment on road
To literally hug the road, front and rear track have been widened by
30 mm and vehicle attitude lowered by 15 mm. These changes bring the
DS3 Racing radically different on-road performance.
The front and rear shock absorbers on the DS3 Racing have been
adapted in line with the extra power and the car has been fitted
with stiffer springs. These changes further improve the traction and
stability of a car that is already gifted in this area, guaranteeing
an excellent ďreadingĒ of the road and faster cornering in complete
peace of mind.
The steering has been made even more precise, adapted to the
sporting character of the car. The DS3 Racing features specific
steering mapping and the control system has been modified and
adapted to the new tyres. The DS3 Racing brings drivers excellent
feel and a precise course.
The carís extra power is perfectly controllable thanks to a braking
system with Racing specifications, for more endurance and sharper
performance. At the front, the DS3 Racing gets four-piston callipers
and special discs. At the rear, again for more efficiency,
performance and safety, the regular production discs have been
drilled. The ESP system has been programmed for extra vitality,
sportiness and driving pleasure. Drivers can disconnect the system
whenever they like.
The changes made to the DS3 Racing give it a temperament that
ensures driving thrills, vitality and gusto.
Finalised in a special workshop
The CITROňN DS3 Racing
will be finalised in a special workshop. Based on the THP 150 Sport
Chic version of the DS3, it will be equipped with a parts kit
developed according to CitroŽn Racing specifications.
Dimensions (L x W x
H) (mm) 3,948 x 1,737 x 1,451
Wheelbase (mm) 2,460
Engine THP 200
Type 4 cylinders / 16 valves petrol + turbo
Capacity (cm3) 1,598
Power (bhp) / (kW) at rpm 200 / 147 at 5,800
Max torque (Nm) at rpm 275 from 2,500 to 4,000
Tyres 205 / 40 R18