Citroen unveils DS3 RS rally car for weekend warriors

Citroen unveils DS3 RS rally car for weekend warriors

Citroën is preparing to make a deeper move into the amateur rally circuit with its new DS3 R3, homologated for the FIA’s new Group R3T regulations. For those who have the money and are looking to get into rallying with a serious piece of kit, this might be the machine for them.

The French carmaker claims it’s “versatile, high performance and yet affordably-priced, DS3 R3 is set to become the new leader in its category,” about the rally-prepped DS3 that will be available in both in kit and ready-to-race versions.

The body design is almost identical to the production model, with a steel body shell reinforced by a welded, multi-point roll cage. In terms of power the DS3 R3 Rally car comes with an upgraded 1.6-litre turbocharged inline-four producing 210bhp and 350Nm of torque.

As with the Citroen’s higher-strength C4 WRC, the DS3 R3 is equipped with a six-speed sequential transmission (which marks a first for customer rally cars), the company claims the box allows for gear changes to be made twice as quickly over a traditional manual.

The suspension is variable and clever being redesigned and upgraded to make full use of the Group R regulations, allowing for a wide variety of setup options. Tubular wishbones are attached to a revised front subframe while the rear hubs are removable to allow for independent toe and camber adjustments. Rally-spec alloy wheels and an upgraded braking system are also part of the package.

Citroën is preparing to make a deeper move into the amateur rally circuit with its new DS3 R3, homologated for the FIA’s new Group R3T regulations. For those who have the money and are looking to get into rallying with a serious piece of kit, this might be the machine for them.

The French carmaker claims it’s “versatile, high performance and yet affordably-priced, DS3 R3 is set to become the new leader in its category,” about the rally-prepped DS3 that will be available in both in kit and ready-to-race versions.

The body design is almost identical to the production model, with a steel body shell reinforced by a welded, multi-point roll cage. In terms of power the DS3 R3 Rally car comes with an upgraded 1.6-litre turbocharged inline-four producing 210bhp and 350Nm of torque.

As with the Citroen’s higher-strength C4 WRC, the DS3 R3 is equipped with a six-speed sequential transmission (which marks a first for customer rally cars), the company claims the box allows for gear changes to be made twice as quickly over a traditional manual.

The suspension is variable and clever being redesigned and upgraded to make full use of the Group R regulations, allowing for a wide variety of setup options. Tubular wishbones are attached to a revised front subframe while the rear hubs are removable to allow for independent toe and camber adjustments. Rally-spec alloy wheels and an upgraded braking system are also part of the package.

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