Citroen DS3 R3 revealed

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Citroen has unveiled the DS3 R3.

Built to compete in Group R3T races, the DS3 features a roll cage, a tubular wishbone front suspension, a reinforced rear crossmember, and an advanced braking system with two master cylinders.

Under the hood, power is provided by a 1.6-litre THP (high pressure turbo) engine with a regulation-compliant 29mm turbo flange. While it doesn’t sound too special (the intake / exhaust manifolds, turbocharger, injectors and pumps are from production model) the air filter, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods and engine flywheel are high performance racing parts. Thanks to these components, the engine produces 210 bhp (157 kW / 213 PS) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque.

Gear changes are handled by a semi-automatic transmission - a first for a customer-racing product. Despite being an automatic, the driver has to operate the clutch during initial drive off.

On sale later this year, the DS3 R3 will be marketed by Citroën Racing in kit and ready-to-race versions.

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