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Citroen DS3 Racing Limited Edition Officially Revealed

 Citroen DS3 Racing Limited Edition Officially Revealed
2011 Citroen DS3 Racing Limited Edition first photos - 19.02.2010

Citroen plans to unveil a limited edition of the Citroen DS3 next month at the Geneva Motor Show.  The Citroen DS3 Racing is a suped up version of the company's luxe supermini.

The car's pricing was not revealed.

As such, the car's output has been bumped up by 30% to 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) using the turbocharged 1.6-liter THP engine.  Torque is improved by 15% to 275 Nm (203 lb-ft).  These changes were achieved by remapping the engine control unit, adjusting the turbo, and adjusting powertrain components. 

Meanwhile, stiffer suspension springs and new shock absorbers are also installed.  The car has been lowered by 15mm, while both the front and rear track were widened by 30mm.  Along with the new tires wrapped around the 18-inch wheels, the changes "all dramatically change the driving dynamics," according to a press release.

To handle the extra power, the company installed four-piston caliper brakes up front and ventillated discs in back.  Carbon-fiber touches are used on the new air diffuser, front bumper, lower body, and wing extensions.  Chrome is also used at certain points, like the door handles and exhaust, with orange tint on the calipers, grille, roof, side mirror caps, and wheels.

Inside, designers added carbon trim and orange inserts.  Purposeful sport seats were also installed.

At 3.94-meters long, the grey and orange car will be shown in Geneva with checkered flaq and DS3 Racing graphics.  Only 1000 units of the Citroen DS3 Racing will be produced.  The car will be released in the second half of 2010.

CITROËN UNLEASHES 200HP LIMITED EDITION DS3 RACING AT GENEVA

Citroën is unleashing a hot new DS3 at the Geneva Motor Show - the limited edition 200hp DS3 Racing.

Developed by Citroën Racing - the winning team behind five WRC manufacturer's titles and six driver's titles for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena - DS3 Racing is a special edition with a 100% sporting pedigree. Planned for the second half of 2010, the exclusive DS3 Racing will be limited to just 1000 production units.

With integrated carbon-trimmed components and specialist motorsports equipment, DS3 Racing's tuned and turbo-charged 1.6-litre THP 150 engine develops 200hp - a power increase of almost 30% over the standard unit - with a torque increase of 15% from 240Nm to 275Nm.

To achieve the additional power output, from 156hp to 200hp, Citroën Racing's engineers modified and optimised the powertrain components, tuned the performance of the turbo and adjusted the mapping of the engine control unit. A special tail pipe and muffler were also added.

Allowing DS3 Racing to stick to the road, the car has undergone some significant sporting enhancements. The steering has been made even more precise, with the control system modified for the new tyres. The fitment of stiffer suspension springs, adapted front and rear shock absorbers (to handle the increased power), and the widening of the front and rear tracks by 30mm - plus lowering the car by 15mm - all dramatically change the driving dynamics.

These important developments reinforce both the stability and dynamic control of the car, and enhance the feedback between the road and the driver.

The braking system has also been up-rated to ensure control over the car's additional horsepower. The front wheels get 4-piston racing callipers and special disc-brakes - with drilled discs at the rear. For enhanced control, the ESP has been adapted to complement the sportier handling, but can be disengaged according to the driver's preference.

In addition to the distinctive, radical styling of DS3, the new Racing edition inherits Citroën Racing's expertise in motorsport design to provide advanced technological and stylistic sporting prowess.

The preview model, to be presented at Geneva, is in a special livery and features sporty ‘DS3', ‘Citroën Racing' and chequered flag graphics on the roof, in front of the rear wheel arches, under the side mirrors and next to the fuel cap.

Measuring 3.94m long, DS3 Racing's dark grey body is tastefully contrasted with a vibrant, bright orange-coloured roof, side mirrors and brake callipers. The alloy wheels and front grille surround - with integrated chevrons - are finished in orange chrome.

A sporty carbon finish is used around the front bumper, lower body trim and wing extensions, whilst large 18" alloy wheels, chrome door handles and even a chrome-finished exhaust complete the dynamic styling.

Inside the cabin, smart carbon trim adorns the dashboard, centre console, steering wheel embellisher, armrests and door side mouldings. The vibrant orange bodywork and decals continue into the cabin with the glossy strip of the dash, gear stick and gear stick surround finished in the same bright tone. The sporty, figure-hugging seats are also touched with orange elements and are embossed with ‘Citroën Racing'.

A DS3 Racing signature on the rear tailgate and an individually numbered identification plate fixed to the roof-lining further confirm the model's exclusivity.

On the road, DS3 Racing's WRC pedigree is evident. Benefiting from Citroën's extensive knowledge of racing dynamics, a carbon-finished air diffuser stabilises the car at high speeds, whilst the chassis and suspension have been adapted to provide even more precision, control, sportier handling and swifter cornering.

Based on the existing DSport powered by the THP 150, production Citroën DS3 Racing editions will be finished in a special workshop and fitted with a parts kit developed according to Citroën Racing specifications.

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Comments (14)

 JTZ JTZ
Absolutely LOVE IT! - I am honestly considering moving to europe - with the sirroco fiesta etc.. - what is not to like??? DOH!... damn gas prices ... insurance... taxes...
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February 23, 2010 11:37 am
 Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Love the car, Hate the rims.
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February 21, 2010 3:51 am
 MTC MTC
This is a sweet little car, just hope it isn't like its website, (the configurator for the normal DS3 is) down for maintenance
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February 20, 2010 4:09 am
 BabyMilo BabyMilo
Im not really sure im digging the orange...
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February 19, 2010 10:39 pm
 ShinyG ShinyG
Those wheels are killing it! They are tacky and probably pretty heavy judging from the amount of metal in them, they do not have anything in common with the car. So, gimme a DS3 on some real lightweight wheels and I'm a happy camper.
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February 19, 2010 9:43 pm
 kimbo kimbo
GT3 RS for poor people.
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February 19, 2010 9:21 pm
 Renegade Renegade
Not bad, turn the orange in to lime green or cyan for a fresher look.
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February 19, 2010 9:20 pm
 joelynn joelynn
damn thats nice. i never get why they are so many anti-french car haters. my family has always had french cars and they're always great. both of ours at the moment have over 100,000 miles on the clock and no major problems.
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February 19, 2010 8:52 pm
 DeleteThisAccount DeleteThisAccount
French cars are still horribly unreliable. Maybe they should merge with Toyota.
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February 19, 2010 8:23 pm
 Aleksi Aleksi
Mmm nice! Citroën sure is stepping up the game with its DS line.
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February 19, 2010 7:05 pm
 RzGTmorio RzGTmorio
Nice car and nice colours
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February 19, 2010 6:59 pm
 Soorena Soorena
Man this car is nice! the PSA cars are going to be good looking.
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February 19, 2010 6:21 pm