Citroen DS3 R3

NOTE:- If you are not a WRC fan, this car may not really fancy you

NOTE 2:- There is no harm admiring good rally cars, so continue reading

How many times have we seen Sebastian Loeb cruise his Citroen over the finish line and win those numerous titles

There is a very prominent reason why Mr. Loeb could do that: its the frugal and awesome cars Citroen has been making in this millennium

And when the DS3 was launched, the next most important question was : When is Citroen gonna launch the rally version of the car

Wait no more: ITS HERE, the new Citroen DS3 R3 (no its not a NASA satellite name, its the new rally spec DS3)

The CATCH: This is not the official WRC DS3, its just a rally variant [read: for rally enthusiasts, who dont want to quit their jobs to become a pro, but still love to roll fast]

CAR: The exterior is the same, so dont think too much about the design, BUT this is where the comparison ends and u’ll need to hold your breath to read on

1.6 THP petrol heart producing an awesome bunch of 210 horses and add the 258 lb-ft of torque and you are flying. The credit for these boggling numbers goes to additional racing parts in the car including lighter camshaft, pistons, connecting rods, exhaust and turbo systems and the ever important ECU

Bottom Line: If you are into rallying but not so pro, then this is the car you’ve been waiting for. A real run for money and a severe headache to the Subaru WRX and the new rally spec Ford Focus. Order one for the rally-driver in you

WRC : One engine per season!!!

The latest buzz in WRC has been given birth to by WRC Comission president Morrie Chandler with a proposal to use “One engine per season”.

The detailed dynamics for this agenda are aimed at reducing costs and opening new avenues in the world of rallying

In the last decade, many manufacturers have quit WRC  due to the high costs involved , and so it has hurt the sponsership revenues as well

Only Citroen and Ford are directly active in the sport and this poses a concern for the future

Mr Chandler is looking firm with this idea, and argues that if a road legal car can clock 200,00o kms, then why isn’t it possible to device a robust engine to clock 8000 kms of rallying

These changes are impossible to implement by next season, as teams have already started developing their machines for the 2011 calender. But 2012 forms a real optimism for this proposal

And going by the current popularity levels of WRC, changes in rules are inevitable and if a single engine can bring back sponsors, then why not….

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