New Citroen DS3 RRC expands rally car programme

Now the French manufacturer is looking to grow its profile in rallying further with the launch of the new DS3 Regional Rally Car (RRC) for private drivers.

RRC Rally Cars are eligible for championships classed below the World Rally Championship (WRC), which is the pinnacle of this racing category.

Citroen introduced the DS3 to the WRC championship back in 2011, to comply with new regulations, and it has already secured two Drivers and Manufacturer titles since its debut.

The latest rallying regulations also allow Citroen to create a RRC version of the DS3 for lower categories including the junior WRC-2 championship, the European Rally Championship and the Middle East Rally Championship. The Citroen DS3 RRC will also be eligible for various national championships within the UK and other nations.

Like the WRC version, the DS3 RRC Rally car sports a sturdy body kit, complete with a spoiler, roll cage and off-road tyres suited for tackling various tricky terrain conditions. Under the bonnet there is a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine, connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox.

The RRC model has had its power output reduced by 25bhp compared to the WRC version, but it will still pump out 275bhp. Another change to the RRC model is smaller brakes for the tarmac configuration, and the removal of a water-cooling system.

The Citroen DS3 RRC rally car is available for private racers to lease now from Citroen Racing Technologies.

For those not looking to go rallying, the standard Citroen DS3 range is still available at Perrys Citroen Dealerships found in Barnsley, Huddersfield and Milton Keynes.

Prices for the standard Citroen DS3 currently start from £12,850.