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RALLY Argentina winners Citroen will enter Vodafone Rally de Portugal in two weeks’ time with its DS3 WRC cars featuring a new livery design and upgraded front aerodynamics.

Following the Kris Meeke-Mads Ostberg Argentina 1-2 recently, their DS3s and that of teammate Khalid Al Qassimi have adopted a design combining white, black and grey with new geometric shapes.

Touches of fluorescent green are added below the headlamps, around the bumper-mounted air outlets and on the rear spoiler.

Additionally, the Citroën Total Abu Dhabi World Rally Team drivers have been allowed to customise the roofs of their cars: white for Meeke, grey for Østberg and red for Al-Qassimi.

Rallye de Portugal will also see the introduction of significant aerodynamic improvements.

An initial series of upgrades were made to the DS3 WRC for Rallye Monte-Carlo: a new turbocharged 1.6-litre direct injection engine derived from the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, semi-automatic gearbox controls, a rear spoiler with vertical winglets and a redesigned rear suspension. All of these changes have proven effective with the team enjoying a good start to the season.

In Portugal, the next phase of the upgrades will feature a totally-redesigned bumper and wings, which aim to improve the aerodynamic performance of the car by lowering drag and increasing downforce.

“Citroën Racing hasn’t stopped working on the development of DS3 WRC since the current regulations were introduced in 2011,” Citroën Racing Team Principal Yves Matton said.

“If you take the new features unveiled in January and this second batch, this is the most significant upgrade since the DS3 WRC was first homologated.

“We’ve already seen that the work of the teams is bearing fruits. So to that extent, the recent one-two at Rally Argentina has just made everyone even more motivated.

“The aerodynamic upgrades introduced here should help us to keep improving. Confirmed during wind tunnel and pre-event testing, the gains achieved in terms of drag coefficient and downforce are significant.

“For the 60th anniversary of the brand, we also felt it was important to share the values of DS through a new graphic identity. So far, the reactions of the people who have had a sneak preview of the car have been extremely positive. We hope our supporters also like this new signature.”

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Chris Nixon

Chris Nixon is Media Manager for Kennards Hire Rally Australia.

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