Citroen Racing has unveiled its new DS3 WRC, due to take part in the 2011 season of the World Rally Championship. Citroen DS3 WRC complies with the brand new regulations drawn up the FIA and is packed full of Creative Technology. Built using the production body shell, the chassis has undergone many modifications to adapt the four-wheel drive transmission and the McPherson-strut suspension system. The safety of the driver pair is guaranteed by a roll cage, which enhances the sturdiness of the car. It is clear it has been designed for winning.
The six-speed sequential gearbox and the front differential are integrated in an aluminium housing. These are connected to the rear differential via a longitudinal drive shaft. The central differential is now prohibited, but a system may be used to disconnect the rear wheels when using the hydraulic hand brake. Semi-automatic, steering wheel-mounted controls are also outlawed, and have been replaced with a totally manual gearshift lever.
The 1600cc turbocharged direct injection engine was tested in April 2010 and it features a maximum torque of 350Nm at 3,250rpm.
Philippe Bugalski, Sebastien Loeb, Dani Sordo and Sebastien Ogier took it in turns to contribute to the development of DS3 WRC.
DS3 WRC is set to make its official competitive debut at Rally Sweden (10-13 February), the first round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship.
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