This Is Probably The Slowest Drag Race You Will Ever See!
Mat Watson from ‘Carwow’ conducted a very different kind of race recently. He didn’t have any fancy cars this time. Instead, he drag-raced a Citroen Ami against a scooter, an e-bike, and two remote control cars. No prizes for guessing which one of these won, but this incredibly fun race will leave you in splits.
This 1967 Hoffman Citroen 2CV In Jay Leno’s Garage Is As Cool As it is Gorgeous
There are cars out there that beg to be used as platforms. If you’ve watched Jay Leno’s Garage on YouTube, you’ll know he has plenty of weird and cool stuff that he likes to showcase in detail. This time, he’s showing us a 1967 Citroen 2CV, but not just any 2CV. This one has a custom fiberglass body and it’s a convertible.
Extraordinary things happen on the Nürburgring every day, but on May 15, something truly special is happening. For the first time ever, the FIA World Touring Car Championship will race on the Nürburgring in full 15.5-mile VLN configuration, which combines the GP circuit and Nordschleife. This incredible video of Sébastian Loeb hustling his Citroën C-Elysée WTCC around the ‘Ring during a practice session shows just how fast these front-wheel-drive WTCC machines are in the hands of drivers like Loeb, Yvan Muller and Nürburgring regular Sabine Schmidt.
How fast? Series points leader José María López, also in a Citroën, topped the time sheets with an incredible lap of just 8 minutes 41 seconds at a pre-race practice session, only about 20 seconds of the pace of the GT3 monsters that compete in the Nürburgring 24 hour race and VLN series. Seriously impressive stuff, considering WTCC cars put down around 380 turbocharged horsepower through the just the front wheels.
This is some hair-raising footage.
Have you ever wondered what goes into creating a one-off concept vehicle? Well then check out this short video from Citroen that shows just some of what went into creating the 2015 Citroen Aircross Concept, which debuted at the Shanghai Motor Show.
Since it is just a concept vehicle, things like hood and liftgate struts were passed over in favor of spending more time handcrafting some of the detailed elements of the Aircross Concept. Although most of the body had already been sculpted outside of this video, Citroen still gives a behind-the-scenes look at how concept vehicles go from drawing board sketches to auto show reality. The big question now becomes whether the 2015 Citroen Aircross Concept can go from the bright lights of Shanghai to Citroen dealership showrooms.
The current C4 Aircross is little more than a reworked version of the Mitsubishi Outlander Sport, so this concept suggests that Citroen is looking to breathe a little more of its funky styling into the compact crossover. And judging by the quirky-looking C4 Cactus that recently entered the Citroen lineup, the styling of the Aircross really isn’t all that outlandish.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Citroen Aircross Concept.
Let’s take a quick inventory of all the features the Citroen DS brought to the table: Self-leveling hydraulic suspension; an engine designed to slide under the car in a frontal impact; headlamps that turned with the front wheels; front-wheel drive; front disc brakes; a fiberglass roof. Not to mention futuristic styling that still manages to make modern cars look dull.
Our friends at Petrolicious recently profiled Citroen DS owner Jeff Suhy, who somehow draws an analogy between the DS and the meteoric rise of Nirvana in the early 1990s. With the release of Nevermind in 1991, the band changed the music landscape seemingly overnight. The Citroen DS had a similar effect on the auto industry.
Shortly after moving from the Midwest to California and landing a job in the music industry at A&M Records, Suhy found himself gravitating towards more esoteric things (it happens when you move to L.A.). Cars don’t get much more esoteric than old Citroens, so he bought a Citroen SM (one that incidentally belonged to Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong). Unfortunately, the SM wasn’t in the best condition and Suhy ended up sinking a small fortune into it.
He emerged from the experience wiser and more knowledgeable of the temperamental nature of old Citroens, and after a long search, he found this well-looked-after, one-owner DS. He uses it as a daily driver and plans to keep to keep doing so for the foreseeable future.
Take a guess what vehicle Jay Leno touts as the most comfortable car in the world. Go ahead, guess. If you said a 44-year old Citröen, then you’re probably cheating.
Regardless, the 1971 Citröen DS does indeed take that esteemed top spot in Jay’s list of comfy four-wheeled travel. The biggest reason is the innovative suspension, which uses shocks filled with fluid and air to create a masterful ride quality. There’s also the lounger seats, plus copious foam padding in the carpets.
In fact, the Citröen DS came with a lot of interesting technical novelties we’d normally associate with a modern vehicle. For example, that suspension will self-raise, which allows for tire changes with nothing more than a jack stand. The roof is fiberglass, which keeps weight low, both in terms of pounds and physical location on the body. In a crash, the engine was designed to shove underneath the cabin to prevent crushing the passengers. The headlights turn with the steering wheel, which helps illuminate around bends.
The number of forward-thinking features stuffed into this car is actually rather astounding. It makes you realize that despite the high levels of technical sophistication exhibited by modern vehicles, a similar level of capability can be achieved with simple, clever, mechanical design.
Jay makes a good case in labeling the ’71 Citröen DS the greatest car of the 20th-century. While I still think that’s a rather generous title, there’s no doubt that it does indeed rank up there with some of the best in the world. Also, this video includes some extremely weird Citröen ads, which alone are worth the click.
Click past the jump to read more about the Citröen DS.
We never bother covering 10-minute Nϋrburgring times. In fact, anything over eight minutes is not really worth our time. And we have never, nor did we ever plan to cover a Citroen AX Diesel. I mean, with just 52 horsepower, it is pretty obvious why we just have no interest in it. That said, when you combine these two typically boring topics, we suddenly become really interested.
It takes a pretty good driver to lap the `Ring in under 10 minutes in any normal car, but to do so in this 52-horsepower, bone-stock hatchback not only takes skills, but it also takes a set of gonads large enough to need their own area code. Well, this fine gentleman must have put his set in the trunk, as they were nowhere in sight, but he managed to clear the bridge-to-gantry run in 9:55.
Watching him work that underpowered diesel engine like a champ was a thing of beauty. As he stated, the AX’s 1,360 cc diesel engine is a dog once the 720 kg (1,590-pound) car loses its momentum, so he had to push this puny hatchback with what appeared to be nothing more than bicycle tires under it further than some of us may be comfortable in a modern supercar.
Don’t think that he simply hopped in his AX and headed to the `Ring for a quick session when he broke the 10-minute barrier. He did 118 laps around the Nϋrburgring to get to know the course, then it took him 10 full-throttle attempts to get it under 10 minutes. That is some serious perseverance, folks.
Out hats off to you. Regardless of how much you downplayed in on the YouTube post, that was some amazing driving and awesome reflexes.
French automaker, Citroen, is expected to be in attendance at the Shanghai Auto Show. But it won’t be there to just bask in the ambience; it’s headed there with a concept car, specifically called the DS Wild Rubis Concept.
As with most teaser photos (and videos) these days, Citroen didn’t reveal a whole lot of information surrounding the DS Wild Rubis Concept. What it did give us are a couple of teasers of the concept.
The teaser video, which you can find after the jump, plays to Citroen’s chic and metropolitan appeal, complete with a black and white treatment and minimal glimpses of the Wild Rubis Concept.
The photo, on the other hand, gives us a clear look at the concept’s headlights, or at least just one of them. As you can see, the new light setup is different from previous concepts we’ve seen from Citroen, particularly from the slit-like lights from the Technospace Concept.
We wouldn’t be surprised in the least bit if this is a prelude to a production model that will be available only in the Chinese market.
Regardless, expect to find out everything there is to know about the DS Wild Rubis Concept when it makes its debut at the Shanghai Auto Show later this month. In the meantime, click past the jump to see the teaser video of the concept.
Recruiting a racer often regarded as one of the greatest drivers ever - in this case Sebastien Loeb - was an ambitious plan for the organizers of the recent 2012 X Games in Los Angeles and Travis Pastrana himself, but after the WRC-driver blitzed the field in the final of the Rallycross event, all the millions they inevitably spent getting him to the event, certainly paid off.
In a tight circuit, Loeb started at the front of the grid for the short race which lasted only 6 laps. However, in that time, Loeb managed to scamper away from the field like he was from another planet and ended up beating second place Ken Block to the finish line by no less than 12 seconds!
Yep, that’s 2 seconds quicker per lap than all of his rivals, some of whom are considered the best drivers the U.S. has to offer for the rallying world, namely Tanner Foust and Ken Block.
However, for all the Block fans out there, he did manage to come home second despite picking up a puncture in the first half of the race, meaning his was running around on the right-rear rim for upwards of 3 laps. An achievement which is definitely worth commending.
On the day however, no man could even come close to Loeb in his modified Citroen DS3 which has been de-restricted to produce upwards of 600HP, making a 0-60 mph sprint of less than 3.0 seconds achievable.
At the conclusion of the race, Loeb stated, “The X Games was a good experience, the track was good and I was excited to race at the X Games and win this competition,” he said. “The most difficult point was that first corner because you lose everything if someone hits you.”
We’ve already documented the friendly “feud” between Red Bull teammates Travis Pastrana and Sebastien Loeb. We knew from Loeb’s acceptance video to Pastrana’s challenge that his team was working on a new version of the Citroën DS3 tuned specifically for his X-Games and RallyCross debut.
An important part of making a completely different version of a racecar is the fact that the driver has to thoroughly test it. That’s to be expected, but in true Red Bull style, they made a rather dramatic review of the car and put it on the Interwebz for us all to enjoy. While the actual car footage is scarce in the video, its awesomeness makes up for lack of volume. The absolute symphony of noise that this car makes is enough to raise the hair on the backs of our necks. It’s like the automotive version of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9.
In the video, Loeb lets us know that the X-Games version of the DS3 is far more powerful than the one he runs in the WRC. Citroën racing engineer, Cyrille Jourdan, chimes in to give us an idea of just how fast this car is, telling us that it hits 60 mph in less than 3 seconds – talk about a ”hot hatch,” sheesh.
The laidback Loeb proceeds to let us know the obvious, that it’s “fun to drive” this finely tuned automotive gem. Seeing the stacks of worn out tires just mere seconds after he says that it’s fun shows us that he has definitely had his fair share of fun with it. We say it’s time he gives us a crack at it!
You can see the video above and make sure to crank up your speakers to catch every last decibel that this wonderful machine puts out. It’s simply awesome.
We’re all advocates of law-enforcement officials that go to great lengths to help and protect their citizens from rowdy rascals like this kid on a Citroen Saxo. Having said that, though, we couldn’t help but chuckle a little bit after watching this video of the kid elusively evading the police in a merry-go-round car chase in Coleshill, England.
The car chase stemmed from a police crackdown in the area, forbidding what’s called illegal car cruise events. Clearly, the patrol cars wanted to make an example of the wily driver, except that they couldn’t catch him. In their attempts to do so, the driver went around all available lanes, speeding up, slowing down, running in reverse, and crossing the middle divider as the pursuers tried in vain to catch him.
In the end, the driver of the Citroen sped away only for the police to find the car abandoned about 12 miles away with the driver still at large. We sincerely hope that the police catch this hooligan soon before he attempts to endanger any more lives.
But, still, you gotta give props to this kid for his elusiveness and driving skills. We haven’t seen the police made fun of like that since the days of the Three Stooges.
They may not post the fastest ‘north to 60’ times in automotive history, but the Citroen DS3 and the Honda CR-Z are two sports hatches that have their own redeeming qualities. For starters, they’re more fuel-efficient than sports coupes, they’re both aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and in the case of the CR-Z, it’s a hybrid. Everybody loves hybrids these days so the CR-Z has that going for it, even though Honda is now creating a petrol version of the vehicle to increase sales..
Having said that, Fifth Gear’s Tiff Needell decided to give the two sports hatches a nice little shakedown around the track to determine which of the two hatches has the leg up over its competitor.
After their own individual lap times, Needell came to a number of conclusions. First, if you’re looking for a car that’s packed with power and speed, these two cars aren’t going to satisfy your lust for thrills. Second, where they lack in speed they make up for in efficiency, especially the CR-Z, which has an electrical motor that adds 14 horsepower to the car’s gas engine that produces 112 horsepower.
Third, the Citroen DS3 eventually proved to be a better ride than the CR-Z, proving that despite the times we are living in, old school technology can still one-up its more high-tech counterpart.