Citroën DS3 WRC

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Citroën DS3 WRC [1]
Kris Meeke Baiao Rally de portugal 2016.jpg
Category World Rally Car
Constructor Citroën Racing
Predecessor Citroën C4 WRC
Successor Citroën C3 WRC
Technical specifications[2]
Chassis Reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage
Suspension (front) MacPherson type
Suspension (rear) MacPherson type
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)
Fuel Total
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants France Citroën Total World Rally Team
France Citroën Junior Team
Norway Petter Solberg World Rally Team
Qatar Qatar World Rally Team
Notable drivers United Kingdom Kris Meeke
Norway Mads Østberg
United Arab Emirates Khalid Al Qassimi
previously:
France Sébastien Loeb
Finland Mikko Hirvonen
Spain Dani Sordo
France Sébastien Ogier
Finland Kimi Räikkönen
Norway Petter Solberg
Belgium Thierry Neuville
Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn Sr.
Netherlands Peter van Merksteijn Jr.
Debut 2011 Rally Sweden

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 replaces the highly successful Citroën C4 WRC. It is built to the new World Rally Car regulations for 2011, which are 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.

Development work on the car has 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[3] and Stéphane Sarrazin.[4]

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 300 bhp (223.7 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 350 N·m (35.7 kgf·m) at 3,250 rpm.[2]

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 315 bhp to 275 bhp, 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 350mm and the water-cooling system has been removed.[5]

At the 2016 Rally Finland, Kris Meeke established a new record for the fastest FIA WRC round in history , with a 126.60kph average speed.[6]

WRC victories[edit]

No. Event Season Surface Driver Co-driver
1 Mexico 24º Corona Rally México 2011 Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
2 Portugal 45º Vodafone Rally de Portugal Gravel France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
3 Jordan 29th Jordan Rally Gravel France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
4 Italy 8° Rally d'Italia Sardegna Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
5 Argentina 31º Rally Argentina Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
6 Greece 57th Acropolis Rally Gravel France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
7 Finland 61st Rally Finland Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
8 Germany 29. ADAC Rallye Deutschland Tarmac France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
9 France 27th Rallye de France – Alsace Tarmac France Sébastien Ogier France Julien Ingrassia
10 Spain 47è Rally RACC Catalunya Tarmac/gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
11 Monaco 80ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 2012 Tarmac/snow France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
12 Mexico 25º Rally Guanajuato México Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
13 Argentina 32º Rally Argentina Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
14 Greece 58th Acropolis Rally Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
15 New Zealand 42nd Rally New Zealand Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
16 Finland 62nd Rally Finland Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
17 Germany 30. ADAC Rallye Deutschland Tarmac France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
18 France 28th Rallye de France – Alsace Tarmac France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
19 Italy 9º Rally d'Italia — Sardegna Gravel Finland Mikko Hirvonen Finland Jarmo Lehtinen
20 Spain 48è Rally RACC Catalunya Tarmac/gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
21 Monaco 81ème Rallye Automobile de Monte-Carlo 2013 Tarmac/snow France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
22 Argentina 33º Phillips LED Rally Argentina Gravel France Sébastien Loeb Monaco Daniel Elena
23 Germany 31. ADAC Rallye Deutschland Tarmac Spain Dani Sordo Spain Carlos del Barrio
24 Argentina 35º XION Rally Argentina 2015 Gravel United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
25 Portugal 50º Vodafone Rally de Portugal 2016 Gravel United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle
26 Finland 66th Rally Finland Gravel United Kingdom Kris Meeke Republic of Ireland Paul Nagle

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Awards
Preceded by
Mini John Cooper Works WRC
Autosport Awards
Rally Car of the Year

2012
Succeeded by
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak