New look for DS 3 WRC in Portugal
The DS 3 WRCs of the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team will be sporting a new livery at Rally de Portugal (21-24 May). The unveiling of the car’s new visual signature coincides with a redesigned front end, which delivers greater aerodynamic efficiency.
A few days after Citroën Racing’s 94th win in the World Rally Championship, the DS 3 WRC has undergone some significant changes. The most visible of these modifications is the livery of the cars driven by Kris Meeke/Paul Nagle, Mads Østberg/Jonas Andersson and Khalid Al Qassimi/Chris Patterson.
Visually, this new look DS 3 WRC features unprecedented design cues, combining Polar White, Perla Nera Black and Aluminium Grey with freshly-designed geometric shapes to create an appealing new signature. The overall appearance is more dramatic with touches of fluorescent green below the headlamps, around the bumper-mounted air outlets and on the rear spoiler.
In line with the unique style offered to every DS 3 customer, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers were able to customise the roof of their own World Rally Car: white for Meeke, grey for Østberg and red for Al-Qassimi.
Rallye du Portugal will also see the introduction of some significant aerodynamic improvements.
An initial series of upgrades were made to the DS 3 WRC for Rallye Monte-Carlo: a new turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection engine derived from the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, semi-automatic gearbox controls, a rear spoiler with vertical winglets and a redesigned rear suspension. All of these changes have proven effective as the team has enjoyed a good start to the season in which it has recorded three podiums, including a win in Argentina.
In Portugal, the next phase of upgrades will be introduced with a new front end, featuring a totally redesigned bumper and wings, which aims to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car by lowering drag and increasing downforce.
“Citroën Racing hasn’t stopped working on the development of DS 3 WRC since the current regulations were introduced in 2011,” explained Yves Matton, Citroën Racing Team Principal. “If you take the new features unveiled in January and this second batch, this is the most significant upgrade since the DS 3 WRC was first homologated. We’ve already seen that the work of the team is bearing fruit. So to that extent, the recent one-two at Rally Argentina has just made everyone even more motivated. The aerodynamic upgrades introduced here should help us to keep improving. Confirmed during wind tunnel and pre-event testing, the gains achieved in terms of drag coefficient and downforce are significant. For the 60th anniversary of the brand, we also felt it was important to share the values of DS through a new graphic identity. So far, the reactions of the people who have had a sneak preview of the car have been extremely positive. We hope our supporters also like this new signature!”