Citroen DS3R driven
After three very fast hatches on Sunday’s Top Gear, here’s another hot challenger...
Posted: 18 Apr 2011
The engineer responsible, Cyrille Jourdan, lays out the targets for the DS3 Racing. For starters, they wanted, and got, efficiency: more than 200bhp with less than 150g/km of CO2 - an emissions number that equates to 44.1mpg, which is better than the Mini Cooper S Works and, oddly, better than the DS3 150 too. Next target: to have a chassis as good as a Clio RenaultSport, and a powertrain as good as the Cooper S Works. But what must have gone right against the grain for a bunch of rally-car builders, they weren't allowed to find speed by chucking away the heavy but congenial equipment. The air-conditioning, the hi-fi speakers, the back seat, the soundproofing and carpet, it all had to stay. This is still the top-of-the range DS3.