Citroen shifts into racing gear for Goodwood Festival of Speed
Citroen is showcasing the very best of its stylish flair, ‘Creative Technologie’ and racing pedigree at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with the DS3 WRC in action; the UK premiere of DS4 Racing concept and a display of the brand’s award-winning line-up including the recently launched New DS5.
DS4 Racing Concept
Making its UK premiere, Citroen is exhibiting the DS4 Racing concept on the show stand. First unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in March, DS4 Racing is a hot blooded concept car with a championship-winning Citroen Racing pedigree.
The model’s 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine, developed by Citroen Racing, provides up to 256bhp (160bhp per litre) - a record for a Citroen series production car. This spectacular performance is accompanied by CO2 emissions of just 155g/km.
The chassis and running gear have been modified with the utmost precision, with the chassis lowered by 35mm and the track widened by 55mm at the front and 75mm at the rear. The braking system boasts fixed four-piston callipers at the front together with special 380mm diameter discs. There are also new carbon fibre components including an air diffuser, front splitter and wheel arch extensions as well as larger diameter 19-inch wheels and 235/40 tyres.
A stand out feature of the DS4 Racing concept is the textured-effect matt grey paint, a stylish and modern colour that catches the light to enhance the lines of the car. Further exterior refinements include a two-tone roof and two-tone wheels with a special DS4 Racing design.
Citroen Racing, the championship winning team behind seven WRC Manufacturers’ titles and eight Driver’s titles for Sebastien Loeb/Daniel Elena, is back to wow the crowds at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed with the mighty 300bhp DS3 WRC. Piloted by Citroen Junior Team driver Thierry Neuville, Citroen Racing will be running the championship winning rally car on the famous hill climb as well as the Forest Rally Stage on Saturday 30 June and Sunday 1 July.
Neuville made a name for himself by winning the Belgian Citroen Racing Trophy in 2009. In 2010, he drove a Citroen C2 S1600 in the Junior World Rally Championship (JWRC), and he also raced in his first IRC rallies at the wheel of a Peugeot 207 S2000. In 2011 he won the Tour of Corsica and San Remo rallies and was also in contention for the IRC title right up until the last event. The Belgian is currently driving a Citroen DS3 WRC in the 2012 World Rally Championship.
The Citroen DS3 WRC boasts the same powerful lines as the production DS3, emphasised by cooling vents and aerodynamic parts designed to improve road holding at high speeds. Under the bonnet, the 300hp 1.6-litre direct-injection turbocharged engine was conceived from start to finish by Citroen Racing. The four-wheel-drive transmission incorporates a six-gear sequential gearbox and front and rear mechanical differentials.
New Citroen DS5
New Citroen DS5 will be taking part in the Moving Motor Show, which returns for a third year at Goodwood, enabling a limited number of motoring enthusiasts and new car buyers to experience the latest models up close with a restricted number of test drives also available.
New Citroen DS5 is a model for owners to experience the thrill of driving an exceptional car every day. The Citroen flagship’s distinctive styling, sophisticated design and exceptional attention to detail has received positive praise from both public and press. Recent awards include ‘Best Large Car’ in Diesel Car magazine’s Car of the Year Awards 2012; Car Design News’ ‘Production Car of the Year’ and Top Gear magazine’s ‘Family Car of the Year.’
DS5 is the first production Citroen to feature a full hybrid diesel drivetrain - Hybrid4 - which delivers low CO2 emissions from just 99g/km and savings of up to 35% in city driving, alongside other significant financial benefits.
New Citroen DS5 will join the award-winning DS3 and DS4 on the Company’s show stand along with a static DS3 WRC and a historic DS rally car.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from 28 June - 1 July.
For more information, visit goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed.