Citroën DS3 R5: finally ready to rally

Citroën DS3 R5: finally ready to rally

The R5 new category of the FIA ​​Rally It has a new contender. He talked of Citroën DS5 R5 long; In fact, last year pilots as Dani Sordo and Kris Meeke they had participated in the development the car before approval. That time has now arrived later than expected, so Citroën It joins the already approved Ford Fiesta and Peugeot 208 T16 R5, waiting also that in the very near future other manufacturers count on yours, as Skoda Fabia or Opel with its Corsa.

With four-wheel drive, like his older brother World Rally Championship, the Citroen DS3 R5 becomes the perfect ally for introduced into evidence a car rally with all-wheel drive. In fact, it is intended to FIA regional competitions, as the ERC (European Rally Championship) and MERC (Middle Eastern), national competitions and, of course, the WRC2, the lower category that accompanies the WRC.

The mechanics is the same as the version of the DS3 WRC: a 1.6 liter four-cylinder, with Turbo and direct injection gasoline, but with a inlet flange 32mm (WRC 33 mm) and an approximate power of 280 hp (300 hp in the WRC). Its minimum weight is 1,200 kg, count on sequential change and tire size is 18 inches for asphalt rallies and 15 inches for land. He aerodynamic kit is also a version more 'decaffeinated' and less aggressive the DS3 WRC.

We could consider them as a then the RRC (Regional Rally Cars), some brands like Citroën and Ford have created without much impact for its high costs. Regarding the S2000 in the same category RC2 (2.0 atmospheric engines), as this DS3 R5 earn a greater throttle response, thanks to its mechanical turbo.

Citroën DS3 R5

destined for Race-client low cost, Citroën Racing and It has confirmed the sale of more than 30 units. One of them has already been acquired by the Spanish Xevi Pons that if he could not use it well in the first race, will compete with a unit in the National Championship Asphalt. his official debut It will be this weekend in San Remo Rally, with Rudi Michelini their commanders with Nicola Angilleta as co-pilot. The French Sébastien Chardonet, WRC3 winner in 2013 and Citroën Top Driver, will reward run WRC2 six tests of the new DS3 R5, starting his career the first weekend of June in the Rally of Sardinia in Italy.

Our opinion

The new Citroën DS3 R5 joins the full range of rally cars Citroen DS3 based: R1, R3T, RRC and WRC. For the new version R5 already approved, it has in its favor the fact that the group PSA Peugeot-Citroen have two car on the same basis, together with the 208 T16, so work and effort it will combine both developments .