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Old 02-06-2009, 08:47 AM
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CitroŽn Visa Lotus Prototype 1981

Citroen Visa Lotus Prototype

In 1981, Citroen wanted to participate in the World Rally Championship, starting with their new model : the Visa. And so the ĎGenesis Projectí was started. Guy Verrier, responsable for Citroenís motorsport division, launched the Visa Rally Trophy and wanted to create a car that could compete with the Renault 5 Turbo. Citroen wanted to revenge Renault by creating a car that could compete in Group B. Various constructors and companies were asked to create a study model. This resulted in the build of 8 prototypes with power ranging from 145 to 290 HP and displacements of 1219 to 1440 cc. In fact the prototype showed here is a Lotus Esprit Turbo where its body has been replaced by a Citroen Visa. Therefore the car has the same characteristics as the Lotus Esprit. It has a 4-cilinder engine with a displacement of 2174 cc, which generates 210 HP. The engine is mounted to a 5-speed gearbox taken from the Citroen SM. In 1982, a number of tests were done but the program was ended quickly after that. The car was not found suitable for rallyís after all and so it actually never raced. Only one Lotus Visa prototype was build. It is currently kept in Citroen Heritage Center. A few changes were made to the car it was completed by Lotus. The headlamps were taken from the Visa II and the grille was painted black.
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Old 02-06-2009, 08:53 AM
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excellent find Man of Steel! thanks for sharing.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:09 AM
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not sure where the designer resides currently, but he should relocate before I lop off his hands.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:17 AM
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very nice.
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:29 AM
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not sure where the designer resides currently, but he should relocate before I lop off his hands.
why? it was the early 80s. everything sucked design wise. at least this one has a lotus under its skin. works for me. paint it black, and have a kick ass sleeper.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:33 AM
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Excellent find indeed. A rare (and quite unkown) car.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:36 AM
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another reason to make a serious effort to go to the Conservatoire.
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Old 02-06-2009, 10:40 AM
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Much better then that new DS-thingy right ?
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another reason to make a serious effort to go to the Conservatoire.
Hell yea, I'd love to go there. Unfortunately being a student means low-cash flow and too much spenditure on booze, so it will have to wait Almost went there with my dad and a Cit. club, but we were on the reserve list and it didn't go through..

PS: Anyone noticed that the grille is slightly off ? It has a french touch after all
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not sure where the designer resides currently, but he should relocate before I lop off his hands.
it's car that function before form, there's nothing wrong with that, unlike some of the more modern cars, which seem to be ugly just for the sake of being ugly
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another reason to make a serious effort to go to the Conservatoire.
Roger that.

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