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Citroen DS5 Spied in Sweden

Up in sweden our spies have captured the new Citroen DS5, the third model in the DS line-up.

The DS5 will use the same Citroen C5 platform as the recently spied Peugeot 508 Allroad, the design includes an higher ride height and a more coupé-like shape to recognise the DS design cues.

Powering the new DS5 will be conventional petrol and diesel engines, the DS5 will be Citroen’s first production hybrid, using a 200bhp diesel unit which drives the front wheels with the electrical drive from the rears.

A brand new updated hydropneumatic suspension is also on the cards to give independant suspension control for comfort or sea sickness.

We expect a production concept to be released in Shanghai Motor Show in April, we expect the production world premier at Frankfurt later this year.
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Citroën WRC in Sweden and the Speeding Saga

Citroen had a good outing at the start of the 2011 WRC in their Citroën DS3 WRC finished fourth in Rally Sweden thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Their team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, came home sixth.
Also at this weekend WRC Citroen driver Petter Solberg’s co-driver Chris Patterson took control of the DS3 WRC.
Patterson was forced to take the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC after Solberg was banned from driving after being caught speeding on Friday afternoon.
The Norwegian was caught at 112kph in an 80kph limit. The law in Sweden states that if you are 30kph or more over the limit, you are banned instantly.
The very scripted response from Patterson stated “We were caught speeding and, like the everybody else, rally drivers have to obey the law,” said Patterson. “Road safety is a very important message in the World Rally Championship, we were caught and we paid the price.”
Patterson insisted he was under no pressure in the final stage of the rally, and that was shown by coming fifth place in front of factory driver Sébastien Loeb.

Citroen had a good outing at the start of the 2011 WRC in their Citroën DS3 WRC finished fourth in Rally Sweden thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. Their team-mates, Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, came home sixth.
Also at this weekend WRC Citroen driver Petter Solberg’s co-driver Chris Patterson took control of the DS3 WRC.
Patterson was forced to take the wheel of the Citroen DS3 WRC after Solberg was banned from driving after being caught speeding on Friday afternoon.
The Norwegian was caught at 112kph in an 80kph limit. The law in Sweden states that if you are 30kph or more over the limit, you are banned instantly.
The very scripted response from Patterson stated “We were caught speeding and, like the everybody else, rally drivers have to obey the law,” said Patterson. “Road safety is a very important message in the World Rally Championship, we were caught and we paid the price.”
Patterson insisted he was under no pressure in the final stage of the rally, and that was shown by coming fifth place in front of factory driver Sébastien Loeb.

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CITROËN DS3 WRC

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Pursuing its involvement in top-class road racing, Citroën Racing has unveiled its new DS3 WRC, due to take part in the 2011 season of the World Rally Championship. Citroën DS3 WRC complies with the brand new regulations drawn up the FIA and is packed full of Créative Technologie.

The compact, dynamic and aggressive design of this ‘little racer’ immediately catches the eye – it has clearly been designed with winning in mind with its widened wings, redesigned bumpers and aerodynamic features. Built using the production body shell, the chassis has undergone many modifications to adapt the four-wheel drive transmission and the McPherson-strut suspension system. The safety of the driver pair is guaranteed by a roll cage, which enhances the sturdiness of the car.

Compared with the previous generation of World Rally Cars, the 2011 regulations have led to a genuine revolution under the bonnet. Citroën DS3 WRC is powered by a four-cylinder, 1600cc turbocharged direct injection engine. A first at this level of motorsport, the use of a direct injection engine opens up new possibilities for the development of racing engines, especially in terms of fuel consumption. Designed and built from start to finish by Citroën Racing, this engine develops a healthy 300bhp.

The bodywork has been extensively tested in the windtunnel by Citroën and the panels a mixture of polycarbonate and filled with foam to improve crash protection properties and also weight reduction.

Built using the DS3 production body shell, the DS3 WRC chassis includes a roll cage made of over 40 metres of steel tubing. The lower part has undergone several significant structural modifications:
Upper attachment points added for the rear McPherson-strut suspension
Optimisation of the lower suspension attachment points
Integration of the transmission tunnel and the rear differential
Lateral reinforcements added level with the body sills

Since DS3 is more compact than C4 WRC, Citroën Racing’s engineers worked on improving the position of each component so as to achieve the best possible balance between the car’s centres of inertia and centres of gravity.

ENGINE: THE DIRECT INJECTION REVOLUTION

Since ground link system regulations have only undergone minor modifications compared to the previous generation of World Rally Cars, design office engineers were able to make the most of their experience, deploying solutions that have proven successful on C4 WRC.

The McPherson-strut front and rear suspension systems have latitude that enables the position of the attachment points to be optimised. In order to keep development and running costs down, it is now only possible to certify one type of pivot. DS3 WRC uses the same part at the front and the rear, on both the gravel and tarmac versions. The struts are connected using an interface part that varies according to the version. Just like its big sister, the C4 WRC, the four-way adjustable shock absorbers (low- and high-speed compression and rebound) have been designed and built by Citroën Racing.

Slightly smaller than on C4 WRC in order to comply with the 2011 regulations, the 355mm (tarmac) and 300mm (gravel) brake disks at the front, and the 300mm brake disks at the rear, come with four-piston callipers. A water-cooling system improves the efficiency of the brakes on tarmac.

TRANSMISSION: FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE FOR ALL SURFACES

With special stages on icy Swedish roads, rough gravel tracks in Greece and smooth Catalan tarmac, DS3 WRC will need to cope with both varied and demanding road surfaces. Although it is without any electronic assistance, the four-wheel drive transmission has been designed to maximise performance in all conditions.

The 2011 regulations require constructors to select a supplier that has met the specifications drawn up by the FIA. They set the weight and price of each element. Citroën Racing has signed a technical partnership agreement with the French company, Sadev.

The six-speed sequential gearbox and the front differential are integrated in an aluminium housing. These are connected to the rear differential via a longitudinal drive shaft. The central differential is now prohibited, but a system may be used to disconnect the rear wheels when using the hydraulic hand brake. Semi-automatic, steering wheel-mounted controls are also outlawed, and have been replaced with a totally manual gearshift lever.

As with the engine, the lifespan of the gearbox increases with the 2011 sporting regulations. At one point in the season, teams must use two gearbox/rear axle assemblies for three rallies.

DS3 WRC is set to make its official competitive debut at Rally Sweden (10-13 February), the first round of the 2011 FIA World Rally Championship.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

CHASSIS
Structure Reinforced body with weleded, multi-point roll cage
Bodywork Steel and composite fibre

ENGINE
Type Citroën Racing – 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection engine
Bore x stroke 82×75.5mm
Capacity 1,598cc
Maximum power 300bhp at 6,000rpm
Maximum torque 350Nm at 3,250rpm
Specific output 188bhp/litre
Ditribution Double overhead camshaft valve train driven by timing belt
4 valves per cylinder
Fuel feed Direct injection controlled by Magneti Marelli SRP-HP unit

TRANSMISSION
Type Four-wheel drive
Gearbox Sadev six-speed sequential
Control Manual
Differential Front and rear mechanical, auto-locking

BRAKES
Front Ventilated disks, 355mm (tarmac) and 300mm (gravel)
Water-cooled 4-piston callipers (tarmac)
Rear Ventilated disks, 300mm
4-piston callipers
Distribution Adjustable from cockpit
Handbrake Hydraulic control

SUSPENSION
Front McPherson type
Rear McPherson type
Shock absorbers Citroën Racing four-way adjustable shock absorbers
(low- and high-speed compression and rebound)

WHEELS
Tarmac 8x18’’ wheels
Gravel and snow 7x15’’ wheels

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES
Length 3,948mm
Width 1,820mm
Wheel base 2,461mm
Track 1,618mm (front and rear)
Fuel tank 75 litres
Weight 1,200kg with driver pairing (regulations)

Citroen Survolt #Geneva Concept

The Citroen “Survolt” revealed at the 80th Geneva auto show. The Survolt aims to be a fashionable but sultry concept inspired by the Revolte concept which was at the Frankfurt IAA in 2009.

The inclusion of materials such as chrome and aluminium inevitably recall the spheres of luxury goods and motor sport. Survolt is a perfect combination between high fashion and car racing, a unique alliance with the same philosophy and the same cues as Revolte, namely performance, cutting-edge technology and excellence.

At the front, the distinctive vehicle badge reigns elegantly above the large oval-shaped grille, its centre home to the striking double chevron. The car’s “look” – charming and profound at the same time – attracts and holds the viewer’s gaze with a promise of transgressions suddenly made possible. Its slim, horizontal head lamps, inspired by high-performance sports coupés, exert a magnetic appeal, while an LED light signature adds a contemporary, high-tech touch.

No word was mentioned of the drivetrain powering the device just the name hints of it being another hybrid and this one wont make it to production.

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CITROËN DS3 RACING: Limited Edition – Geneva 2010

CITROËN DS3 RACING: A STYLISH SPORTS MODEL

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There exists not one but thousands of DS3s. And now, Citroën Racing, the Marque’s competition department, has created its take of the new model and transformed it into its own image. With five World Rally Championship Constructors’ titles for CITROËN and six Drivers’ titles for Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena, there can be no doubts about the expertise of Citroën Racing.

Presented at Geneva in special livery, the DS3 Racing stands apart with its special positioning focused on sports performance and driving pleasure. An outstanding concentrate of behind-the-wheel thrills featuring an artful blend of performance and efficiency, the newcomer will take up its place in the DS3 range with an appealing combination of verve and vitality.
The DS3 Racing embodies CITROËN’S “Créative Technologie” with elegance, originality and sportiness. It is fitted with the 1.6-litre THP engine developing 200 bhp, specially tuned to bring drivers intense thrills and unrivalled on-road performance.
The DS3 Racing will be launched in a limited series of 1,000 units in second-half 2010.

Citroën C4 WRC meets Kimi Räikkönen

Kimi Räikkönen got his first date with the Citroën C4 WRC earlier this week, at a private gravel test track close to the team’s Satory workshops. This initial run was to allow the Finn to start getting used to the car that he will drive in the 2010 FIA World Rally Championship.

With only a few weeks left before this year’s World Rally Championship season gets underway in Sweden on 12th February.

The 2007 Formula 1 World Champion travelled to Paris to see Citroën Racing’s facilities for himself and to test the Citroën C4 WRC on a gravel test track within the Satory complex. Having covered around 50 kilometres, the latest Citroën Junior Team driver appreciated the chance to introduce himself with his new car.

Kimi Räikkönen’s first competitive drive will be on 28th January when he competes in the Arctic Lapland Rally as preparaion for the forthcoming Swedish Rally, the first round of the 2010 World Rally Championship.

CITROËN Revolte Concept 2009 Frankfurt IAA

AT THE 2009 FRANKFURT MOTOR SHOW

CITROËN is celebrating its 90th birthday in 2009. Ninety years of innovation studded with outstanding models like the Traction, launched in 1934, the 2CV, in 1948, and the revolutionary DS, in 1955, that forged the Marque’s fantastic image. CITROËN’S ‘Créative Technologie’ is today behind the brand’s broadest ever range, adapted to the needs of its customers and constantly moving forward, as seen in the two world reveals at Frankfurt: the new C3 and the first car in the DS line, the DS3. Both newcomers are particularly adapted to current trends in the segment and to the diverse needs of customers.

On the concept car front, CITROËN is presenting REVOLTE, a luxury city car mixing cheekiness with ecology and powered by a rechargeable hybrid drivetrain – the ideal solution for combined city/country driving.

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