Citroën GS Profile

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Citroën GS General Information

Citroën had a history of running huge cars with a long wheelbase in near standard specification in marathons. The GS therefore came a bit as a surprise. The marathon program was near finished. The GS was smaller and lighter than the ID, DS, SM & CX models, but it also used tiny engines, boxer engines in basically 2CV technology. However, as with all the other Citroën models, you will find that for their low power, the torque and handling was overwhelming! The car was used surprisingly regularly by privateers in group 1 and a mild group 2 version. However for Citroën there was no real interest in it as the car was down on power, nor was it promising for marathons. And if you read the manufacturer story to Citroën, you will find that they were kind of boycotting the WRC.

It was never rallied, but still an interesting note: In the early 1970s Citroën created a car called GS Birotor, which was a Wankel/rotary engined GS. Not many people remember it and whoever has got his hands on one, it must well be worth something now! What a shame the Wankel engine had its known problems, the GS Birotor suffering very much in the same way as the NSU Ro80. Originally Citroën had big plans, they even built a new factory in Germany, (in Saarland right on the French border) specially for this Wankel engine. The Birotor-Wankel should have been a main GS model, despite 600cc, at 107BHP it was by far the most powerful road version of the GS. The other 2 GS versions were the 1015 (1014cc, 54BHP) & 1220 (1222cc, 58BHP), both engines in a Boxer layout. All this makes the GS one magic example what made Citroën as a brand so special and characterful. Here you have a main stream European compact car available with 3 engines, but if you wanted a conventional layout you had to move on!
 

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Citroën GS Evolutions

 
 
Model & Evo. (Activity)
 
BHP@
RPM
Torque
(Nm)@
RPM
Length
Width
Height
Weight
(Kg/BPM
Ratio)
 
Trans.
(W'base)
Citroën GS 1220 (73-76) 83/5750 112/3250 4120.1608.1349 950 (15.1) FWD (2550)

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Citroën GS Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
17th. 1976 WRC Rally Morocco C. Laurent J. Marché #23 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1975 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo C. Laurent J. Marché #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1975 WRC Rally Morocco C. Laurent J. Marché #12 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Romaozinho J. Bernardo #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:10:51
14th. 1975 WRC Rallye de Portugal C. Laurent J. Marché #26 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
41st. 1975 WRC Rally of Finland J. Luc C. de Roux #44 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1974 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Romaozinho . UNKNOWN #15 [UNKNOWN] 7:17:04

Citroën GS Retirements

This is an unofficial Car Model Retirements list and may be incomplete.

Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1976 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Laurent D. Laurent #67 [UNKNOWN] SS8 ?
Ret. 1976 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Romaozinho J. Bernardo #8 [UNKNOWN] SS99 gearbox
Ret. 1975 WRC Rally of Great Britain J. Luc . UNKNOWN #171 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1975 WRC Acropolis Rally C. Laurent D. Laurent #52 [UNKNOWN] SS5 ?
Ret. 1973 WRC Rally Morocco C. Laurent J. Marché #18 [UNKNOWN] SS99 suspension