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Citroen DS3 Racing edition

The Citroen DS3 Racing edition is a limited run model of only 1000 units to be produced that will get unveiled next month at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show.

The Citroen DS3 Racing edition features various carbon trimmed elements and motorsports equipment while the 1.6-litre THP 150 engine from under the bonnet has been optimized and is now spitting out 200 horsepower and 275 Nm of torque.

The extra power imposed a series of other improvements for the Citroen DS3 Racing edition, like the stiffer, 15mm lowered suspension, the more precise steering, the 30 mm wider front and rear tracks or the new high performance braking system.

At the rear the Citroen DS3 Racing edition

received a special tail pipe and muffler and as far as appearance the French hatch received a number of unique features both exterior and interior that match the vehicle's sporty character.

The Citroen DS3 Racing price was not announced.

Citroen press release :

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 WRCmanufacturer’s titles and six driver’s titles for Sébastien Loeb andDaniel Elena - DS3 Racing is a special edition with a 100% sportingpedigree.  Planned for the second half of 2010, the exclusive DS3Racing will be limited to just 1000 production units.

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

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

Allowing DS3 Racing to stick to the road, the car has undergone somesignificant sporting enhancements.  The steering has been made evenmore precise, with the control system modified for the new tyres.  Thefitment of stiffer suspension springs, adapted front and rear shockabsorbers (to handle the increased power), and the widening of thefront and rear tracks by 30mm - plus lowering the car by 15mm - alldramatically change the driving dynamics.

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

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

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

The preview model, to be presented at Geneva, is in a special liveryand features sporty ‘DS3’, ‘Citroën Racing’ and chequered flag graphicson the roof, in front of the rear wheel arches, under the side mirrorsand next to the fuel cap. 

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

A sporty carbon finish is used around the front bumper, lower bodytrim and wing extensions, whilst large 18” alloy wheels, chrome doorhandles and even a chrome-finished exhaust complete the dynamic styling.

Inside the cabin, smart carbon trim adorns the dashboard, centreconsole, steering wheel embellisher, armrests and door side mouldings. The vibrant orange bodywork and decals continue into the cabin withthe glossy strip of the dash, gear stick and gear stick surroundfinished in the same bright tone.  The sporty, figure-hugging seats arealso touched with orange elements and are embossed with ‘CitroënRacing’.

A DS3 Racing signature on the rear tailgate and an individuallynumbered identification plate fixed to the roof-lining further confirmthe model’s exclusivity.

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

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

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