I do not know if the new Audi A1 is "better than the Citroen DS3" but one thing is certain: there is virtually no chance that the DS3 is challenged by the A1 field of the rally. Here are the first information and pictures of the new R3 version of the Citroen DS3, first declension sports while the DS3 WRC version will be activated in next year's World Rally Championship.
The new DS3 R3 make his appearance in competition at the end of 2010. Based on the regulation R3T Group, the DS3 R3 incorporates architecture and appearance of the model series. The original steel hull is reinforced with a welded pole multipoint, ensuring the rigidity of the chassis and crew safety. Under the hood, the four-cylinder 1.6 THP has been developed from the standard engine. The use of specific parts to the competition (air box, camshafts, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo electronic control) technology allows the power to 210 hp. The couple met for its part 350 Nm Like a C4 WRC, controlling the sequential gearbox six-speed is controlled. The suspensions have many adjustment possibilities.
This DS3 R3, whose design period lasted twelve months, made his first laps at the end of August 2009. The taxiing first took place on a test ground 'typed brittle' characteristic of the Mediterranean races. The development tests were then continued on asphalt. In total, over 10,000 km have been made, on which several drivers took turns.
Citroen announces a "competitive price" for the DS3 R3 which is sold by Citroen Racing kit or ready to run. The site Auto Trader Announces kit asphalt to 62 000 euros.