Due to the new regulations in WRC next year, its back to the drawing board for both Manufactures to Develop a new car to contest the 2011 World Rally Championships. The new cars will be based on a smaller 1600cc turbo charged engine.
Ford will be using their new Ford Fiesta and Citroen will be using the new DS3. Both World rally cars are under going testing and development. But versions of each have appeared in the form of Super 2000 and R3’s.
Today Citroen revealed a few tantalising glimpses of its new DS3 based WR car in a pre launch teaser video. Some details are clear, like the twin rear spoiler, silhouette and dashboard layout. But for the full picture we’ll have to wait until the official launch date of September 30th – press day at the Paris Motorshow and the eve of Rally de France, which is where Citroen’s driver is expected to take his 7th World title.
There has also been news that BMW/Mini will enter the WRC. the new manufacture will be ran by Prodrive, and are expected to be first seen on the world stage in either Portugal or Sardinia next year. The two drivers that are most strongly linked with the drive are British IRC champion Kris Meeke and 2x World champion Marcus Gronholm. Gronholm recently did some testing of the Mini in Portugal last week.