Citroën DS3 RRC: a new addition to the family!

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, McPherson 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.

Competing this season in the Belgian Championship in a Citroën C4 WRC, Pieter Tsjoen and Eddy Chevaillier will have the honour of driving the DS3 RRC on its competitive debut. Taking part this weekend in the Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland), the crew will take on a field boasting around fifteen Super 2000 cars. Adopting a format similar to that of the WRC, the ‘RIV’ will be held over three legs and will feature a total of 293km of timed stages on typically mountainous roads.

* Subject to publication of the official results by the FIA