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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 In fact the prototype showed here is a Lotus Esprit Turbo where its body has been replaced by a Citroen Visa.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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    excellent find Man of Steel! thanks for sharing.
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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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    very nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soloracer View Post
    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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    Excellent find indeed. A rare (and quite unkown) car.
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    another reason to make a serious effort to go to the Conservatoire.
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    Much better then that new DS-thingy right ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by Soloracer View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by henk4 View Post
    another reason to make a serious effort to go to the Conservatoire.
    Roger that.

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    sounds good to me
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