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From the Croisière Noire and Croisière Jaune in 1924 and 1931 to success in the Paris-Dakar rally and WRC and the WTCC commitment and titles in 2014 and 2015, Citroën Racing has always applied its values of audacity and technology to motorsport.
Every day, at the Citroën Racing plant at Versailles Satory and locally in the field, the 196 men and women from Citroën and DS Brands' motorsport department work to make motorsport a true testing ground of Créative Technologie.
Based at Satory since 2000, the Citroën Racing plant forms the backbone of Citroën and DS Brands' winning machine.
From the exhibition hall to the engineers' offices, the workshops, laboratories, the spare parts warehouse and the assembly shop, the site at 19 Allée des Marronniers - measuring 15,000 m2, and more with the adjacent Val d'Or test track - houses all the Brand's motorsport expertise.
From overall design to the smallest detail, over 4,000 plans are produced on CAD workstations during the development of a new car. Citroën Racing uses technology developed by the PSA Group to calculate the resistance of materials and fluid mechanics.
It is in this laboratory that cars such as the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC are born. An initial one-quarter scale model is produced to refine the design and carry out the initial wind-tunnel tests ahead of the production of a life-size model.
The bodywork laboratory handles chassis construction. Starting with a basic shell, the technicians cut, adjust and weld the tubes of the roll cage, the transmission tunnel, the suspension anchoring points and the stiffeners.
Staying with the example of the Citroën C-Elysée WTCC, it is in this department that, for the first time, 100% of engine parts were designed by Citroën Racing, including the cylinder block, cut directly out of a block of aluminium. It takes roughly two weeks to assemble an engine and test it on a test bench, located next door.
Two laboratories - "Suspension, Steering and Brakes" and "Gearboxes and Transmission" - group each of the workstations dedicated to powertrain components including shock absorbers, wishbones, cradles, brakes and steering for the first and gearboxes and transmission systems for the second
The electricity and electronics laboratory is tasked with producing wiring harnesses. It takes about seven weeks to assemble each wiring harness, made up of several thousand connection points.
Regardless of the origin of the components (plant labs or subcontractors) making up the motorsport vehicles, all of them stop off in the metrology laboratory, which is equipped with 3D measuring units.
After storage in the warehouse, the parts are assembled in the main assembly shop. This area, divided into two main parts, one used to produce competition vehicles and the other test vehicles.
The logistics required by Citroën Racing for the WTCC :
• 40 people at each race and 20 people per practice session on average.
• 12 events in the two championships and around 15 practice sessions.
• 12 trucks for races and practice.
• 5 containers shipped worldwide for overseas WRC and WTCC events.
• 10 tonnes of air freight for each overseas events in WRC.
• 6000 meals per year.
• 600 plane tickets per year.
• 200 rental cars per year.
• 5 logistics specialists and 15 people handling the equipment (drivers, installation).
• 3000 overnight stays per year.