Riding on a wave of confidence after the highly talented Kris Meeke finally broke his WRC duck, Citroen Racing has introduced a stylistic update to its DS 3 WRC, to better align it with the current road variant.
A new livery, featuring Polar White, Perla Nera Black and Aluminium Grey is spiced by fluro green touches and distinguishing roof colours (also available on the road cars). Meeke’s car will have a white roof, Mads Ostberg grey and part-timer Khalid Al-Qassimi red.
More importantly is the aerodynamic updates to the DS 3 WRC. Building on from the upgraded specification introduced at the Monte Carlo opener (a new engine derived from the Citroen WTCC program, paddle shift, redesigned rear suspension and wing), the next round in Portugal sees the DS 3 WRC gain a restyled front end which ‘aims to improve the aero performance of the car by lowering drag and increasing downforce.’
“Citroen Racing hasn’t stopped working on the development of DS 3 WRC since the current regulations were introduced in 2011,” reiterated Yves Matton, Citroen 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. Confirmed during wind tunnel and pre-event testing, the gains achieved in terms of drag coefficient and downforce are significant,” he concluded.
WRC Portugal commences from May 21.