H Citroen ανακοίνωσε ότι το αγωνιστικό DS3 θα είναι πλέον διαθέσιμο και σε ιδιωτικές ομάδες. Το αγωνιστικό ονομάζεται DS3 RRC (Regional Rally Car) και βασίζεται πάνω στο DS3 WRC.

Μπορεί να συμμετέχει στους αγώνες  WRC-2, ERC, MERC καθώς και σε πολλά εθνικά πρωταθλήματα της Ευρώπης. Φορά τον 1.600αρη turbo κινητήρα ο οποίος διαθέτει μικροαλλαγές και αποδίδει 275 άλογα.

Σε μια προσπάθεια να παραμείνει φθηνό, δεν φορά τα υδρόψυκτα φρένα 355 mm, αλλά αυτά έχουνε αντικατασταθεί από 350 mm αεριζόμενους δίσκους. Η Citroen ισχυρίζεται ότι έχει πολύ χαμηλό λειτουργικό κόστος και είναι το ιδανικό αυτοκίνητο για αυτούς που θέλουν να έχουν στη κατοχή τους ένα αυτοκίνητο καλύτερο από τα αυτοκίνητα της R3 κατηγορίας, και λίγο χειρότερο από ένα WRC αγωνιστικό.

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 CITROËN DS3 RRC: A NEW ADDITION TO THE FAMILY!

Citroën Racing proudly presents DS3 WRC-inspired DS3 Regional Rally Car (RRC) for private drivers RRC products can be used in championships below WRC level, including ERC and some national championships Visually different, with slight changes under the bonnet, the RRC otherwise maintains the key strengths of the DS3 WRC

Continuing to develop its line-up of rally cars, Citroën Racing is proud to present the DS3 RRC. Faithfully derived from the DS3 WRC, the double World Rally Championship-winning car*, this version has been designed for private drivers and is suitable for use in a wide variety of competitions (WRC-2, ERC, MERC, etc.).

Having come into force at the start of 2011, the new FIA World Rally Cars regulations allow manufacturers to produce a Regional Rally Car (RRC) variant of their models. Set to gradually replace cars in the Super 2000 category, these products are intended for use in the championships below the level of the WRC: WRC- 2 (formerly S-WRC), European Rally Championship (ERC), Middle East Rally Championship (MERC), some national championships and so on.

The World Rally Championship-winning car in 2011 and 2012*, the Citroën DS3 WRC is now available in an RRC version. Visually, the two models are different since the regulations are more restrictive as regards aerodynamic features on the RRC. The bumper intakes are smaller and the rear spoiler complies with the S2000 standards.

Under the bonnet, the 1.6-litre turbocharged direct-injection engine has been slightly modified, with a specific engine flywheel and a 30mm booster flange (compared with 33mm on the WRC). Maximum power output therefore drops to 275bhp. 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.

Aside from these changes, the Citroën DS3 RRC maintains all the strengths of its big sister: reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage offering a high level of safety and resilience, MacPherson suspensions and Citroën Racing adjustable shock absorbers, six-speed sequential gearbox, etc.

Developed over the summer during test sessions on gravel and tarmac, the Citroën DS3 RRC is now available for leasing from Citroën Racing Technologies. Its modest running costs and versatility make it an intermediary option between the DS3 R3 and the DS3 WRC.

* Subject to publication of the official results by the FIA.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

CHASSIS

Structure Reinforced body with welded, multi-point roll cage Bodywork Steel and composite fibre

ENGINE

Type Citroën Racing – 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection engine, with a 30mm diam flange Bore x stroke 82×75.5mm Capacity 1,598cc Maximum power 275bhp at 6,000rpm Maximum torque 350Nm at 3,250rpm Distribution Double overhead camshaft valve train driven by timing belt 4 valves per cylinder Fuel feed Direct injection controlled by Magneti Marelli SRP-HP unit

CLUTCH

Type Cerametallic twin-disk

TRANSMISSION

Type Four-wheel drive Gearbox Sadev six-speed sequential – Manual control Differential Front and rear mechanical, auto-locking

BRAKES

Front Ventilated disks, 350mm (tarmac) and 300mm (gravel) Water-cooled 4-piston callipers (tarmac) Rear 300mm – 4-piston callipers Distribution Adjustable from cockpit Handbrake Hydraulic control

SUSPENSION

Type MacPherson Shock absorbers Citroën Racing three-way adjustable shock absorbers (low- and high-speed compression and rebound)

STEERING

Type Hydraulic power-assisted steering

WHEELS

Tarmac 8×18’’ wheels – Michelin tyres Gravel and snow 7×15’’ wheels – Michelin tyres

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES

Length / Width 3,948mm / 1,820mm Wheel base 2,461mm Track 1,618mm (front and rear) Fuel tank 75 litres Weight 1,200kg minimum / 1,350kg with driver pairing (regulations)