From 1981 through 1983, Citroën Competitions developed many rear wheel drive (RWD) and four wheel drive (4WD) prototypes Visas aimed at Group B competition. The winner of these prototypes would replace the then current front wheel drive Visa Trophée as Citroën’s entry level rally car.
#201 – VISA P (Politecnic)
This RWD prototype featured a mid-mounted 1995 cc CX “Reflex” engine producing about 200 HP.
#202 – VISA 4×4 M (Mathiot)
This 4×4 prototype featured a front-mounted 1580 cc engine producing around 160 HP. It was later re-tested with a 1457 cc engine producing about 150 HP.
#203 – VISA LIGHTWEIGHT 2RM
This front-engine FWD prototype was aimed at reducing the weight of the normal Visa Trophée as much as possible.
#204 – VISA 4×4 O
This 4×4 prototype featured a mid-mounted turbocharged 1397cc engine that produced around 160 HP.
#205 – VISA S (Strakit)
This RWD prototype featured a mid-mounted 1995 cc CX “Reflex” engine producing about 200 HP, and very wide rear fender flares. The car was later revised (#209).
#206 – VISA 4×4 K (Mockricky)
This 4×4 prototype featured a mid-mounted (transverse) 2200 cc “Mockricki” engine producing about 210 HP and with an aerodynamic widebody kit. The car also sported Citroën’s hydropneumatic suspension and weighed about 900 kg (1985 lb).
#209 – VISA 4×4 S (Strakit)
This 4×4 prototype featured a mid-mounted (longitudinal) CX “Reflex” engine enlarged to 2498 cc and producing about 220 HP with very wide rear fender flares. 935 kg (2060 lb).
#210 – VISA 4×4 B Twin Engine (Brozzi)
This 4×4 prototype featured twin transverse mounted 1360 cc engines (one front, one rear) producing a total of 240 HP, draped in a polyester body, weighing about 900 kg (1985 lb).
The winning design would ultimately become the revised #202 Visa 4×4 M that won the 1983 rallye des Mille Pistes in the B/10 class. It was officially renamed the “Visa Mille Pistes” in honor of that achievement and went on to be officially homologated for competition.
The Visa prototypes were developed alongside the BX 4×4 which was aimed at the overall win rather than class honors.
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