Citroën is unleashing a hot new DS3 at the Geneva Auto Show - the limited edition 200hp DS3 Racing. Developed by Citroën Racing - the team behind five WRC manufacturer’s titles and six driver’s titles for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena - DS3 Racing is a special edition 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 motorsport equipment, DS3 Racing’s turbocharged 1.6-litre THP 150 engine develops 200hp - a power increase of almost 30% over the standard unit - with a torque increase of 15% to 200 lb-ft.
To achieve the additional output, Citroën Racing tuned the performance of the turbo and adjusted the mapping of the engine control unit. A special tailpipe 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 tires. The fitment of stiffer suspension springs, adapted shock absorbers, and the 30mm wider track plus lowering the car 15mm all change the driving dynamics.
The braking system has also been uprated. The front wheels get four-piston calipers and 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.
The preview model, to be presented at Geneva, is in a special livery and features ‘DS3’, ‘Citroën Racing’ and checkered flag graphics on the roof, in front of the rear wheel arches, under the side mirrors and next to the fuel cap. The DS3 Racing’s dark grey body is tastefully contrasted with a vibrant, bright orange roof, mirrors and brake calipers. The wheels and front grille surround are finished in orange chrome.
A sporty carbon finish is used around the front bumper, lower body trim and fender extensions, while 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, center console, steering wheel embellisher, armrests and door moldings. The vibrant orange bodywork and decals continue into the cabin with glossy strip on the dash, gear stick and 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 tailgate and an individually numbered identification plate fixed to the headliner 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 stabilizes the car at high speeds, while 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.