Citroën Visa Trophée / Chrono / Mille Pistes + Semi-Homologation Versions

Published on: Jan 18, 2016 @ 16:43
Originally Published in: 2014 (old website)
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CITROËN VISA TROPHÉE

visatrophee

Launched in 1981 under prototype rules (Group 5), the Visa Trophée was to be Citroën Compétitions‘ bid in Group 2 & 4 competition to help promote the image of the Visa as being a tough and reliable car aimed towards the female market. In 1982, when Group B was implemented to replace Group 4, Citroën was the very first manufacturer to homologate their machine. Per the engine displacement regulations, the Visa would compete in the lowest B/9 class for engines under 1300 cc. As it was the case with most French Group B rally cars of the time, they were built by French firm Heuliez, and based on the production Visa GT.

CITROËN VISA II CHRONO

Chrono202

By the end of 1982, Citroën updated the Visa with the “Chrono” evolution. It sported a larger displacement engine (1360 cc) and minor exterior changes, shifting the car into the B/10 class. 20 of these cars were built; 12 reserved for Citroën Competitions, the remaining 8 sold to privateers who were most successful with their Visa Trophée in the previous year.

CITROËN VISA MILLE PISTES

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In 1984, encouraged by their good results with the front wheel drive rally Visas, Citroën Competitions wanted to up the ante with a four wheel drive version. Multiple prototype variations were tested. The winning design was named “Mille Pistes / 1000 Pistes” in homage to the class victory of the prototype in the rally of the same name. The model would continue to compete favorably in national venues after the ban of Group B.

For 1986, PSA parent group was already running a very successful program with the Peugeot 205 T16 but allowed Citroën to attempt competing in the top Group B/12 class with the BX 4TC.

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SPECIFICATIONS

(Visa Trophée = T / Visa Chrono = C / Visa Mille Pistes = M)

Group/Class
  • B/9 (T)
  • B/10 (C-M)
Homologation number:

Years active
  • 1981~83 (T)
  • 1982~84 (C)
  • 1984~89 (M)
 Homologation start:

  • January 1st 1982 (T)
  • October 1st 1982 (C)
  • March 1st 1984 (M)

Homologation end:

  • December 31st 1987 (T,C)
  • December 31st 1989 (M)
Engine
Type I-4, SOHC 8v, gas front, transverse
Displacement
  • 1219~1299 cc (T)
  • 1360 cc (C)
  • 1434 cc (M)
Compression ratio
  • 10.1:1 (T-C)
  • 10.8:1 (M)
Output power – torque
  • 115 HP @ 6800 rpm (T)
  • 140 HP @ 6500 rpm (C)
  • 145 HP @ 6500 rpm (M)
  • 90 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm (T)
  • 97 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm (C)
  • 110 lb-ft @ 5500 rpm (M)
Materials block: aluminium (M) cylinder head: aluminium (M)
Aspiration
  • Normal / Natural
  • 2 x 35mm Solex PHH carburetors (T-C)
  • 2 x Weber 45 DCOE carburetors (M)
Ignition N/A
Cooling system water-cooled
Lubrication system N/A N/A
Transmission
Type
  • front wheel drive (T-C)
  • four wheel drive (M)
  • 5 speed manual (T-C)
  • BV5 type 5 speed (M)
Gearbox ratios N/A N/A
Differential ratios N/A
  • N/A (T-C)
  • Cast aluminium housings with 20% self locking rear differential (M)
Clutch N/A
Chassis-body
Type Visa GT steel monocoque chassis with roll cage, widened wheel arches, polycarbonate side and rear windows
Front suspension struts, coil springs
Rear suspension struts, coil springs, independent (M)
Steering system N/A N/A
Brakes
  • N/A (T-C)
  • 4 wheel disc brake system (M)
Dual circuit (M)
Dimensions
length: 3690 mm (145.3 in) width: 1530 mm (60.2 in) height: 1410 mm (55.5 in)
wheelbase: 2436 mm (95.9 in) front track: 1330 mm (51.2 in) rear track: 1320 mm (52.0 in)
Rims – tires
  • N/A
  • N/A
Dry/Unladen Weight
  • 750 kg (1655 lb) (T-C)
  • 810 kg (1785 lb) (M)
Weight/power N/A
Fuel tank 55 litres (M)

SEMI-HOMOLOGATION VERSIONS

  • VISA TROPHÉE

trophée200a

Built in late 1981, the Visa Thophée was produced at 200 examples and was the very first car officially homologated into Group B. Sporting a 1219 cc engine and light weight plastic panels, it was a peppy car perfect for blazing away in the French countryside.

  • VISA CHRONO / II

chrono

Presented to the public in the spring of 1982, the Chrono sported a larger 1360 cc engine, upscale dashboard, lightweight wheels, riveted extended wheel arches, sportier bodywork, and special graphics. Only 20 “evolution” cars were actually built with the new engine but Citroën would offer the appearance package to the public with the “Chrono II” series. A total of 3810 cars were produced in a two year period.

  • VISA MILLE PISTES / 1000

1000p

It was Citroën’s first bid at a four wheel drive rally vehicle. As were the other rally inspired Visas, it was based on the GT model. A limited production of 200 cars was made to homologate the car for competition. It can be differentiated from the other models by the “X”  in between the “Citroën chevrons” on the front grille.

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PICTURES & VIDEOS

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heuliez

trophée200

1000pistes

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