Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing concept - front three-quarter overhead view

Akin to the line of specialty rides waiting their turn to snake up the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, there is a line of cars waiting to be introduced to the public for the first time like the Jaguar Project 7, Caterham R620, McLaren 12C GT Sprint and Skoda Octavia vRS, for starters. Next in the queue is the Citroën DS3 Cabrio Racing concept, a roll-top version of the DS3 Racing that was introduced three years ago at the Geneva Motor Show that goes the dark matte route of the DS3 Racing S. Loeb edition we saw in Geneva last year.

It keeps the same 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 202 horsepower and 19-inch wheels, the package coated in textured Moondark matte grey paint with black chrome, Carmin Red and DS-pattern accents. Inside, are three surface treatments in Napa leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara, as well as an integrated baby seat that's just as slick as the rest of the car.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off tomorrow and runs through the weekend. Before you check out the Citroën there or at the Frankfurt Motor Show, though, you can read about it in the press release below.
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CITROËN DS3 CABRIO RACING CONCEPT PREMIERED AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

- Citroën is revealing its latest concept car, DS3 Cabrio Racing, at this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Maintains performance of original DS3 Racing with Citroën Racing-tuned 1.6-litre 202bhp engine & special running gear, brakes and carbon kit
- DS3 Cabrio Racing will be displayed on Citroën's Goodwood stand from 11-14 July and will appear at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September


10/07/13 -- Citroën has chosen this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed to world premiere its latest concept car, the sporty and chic DS3 Cabrio Racing.

Citroën's involvement in the World Rally Championship was a key reference in the concept, which combines the best of the DS3 Racing hatchback with the sophistication of new DS3 Cabrio.

With custom-built excellence, radical choices and refinement in every detail, DS3 Cabrio Racing delivers the performance and sporting looks of a car tuned by the multi-WRC title winning team, Citroën Racing.

Extensively customised with dynamic styling, DS3 Cabrio Racing features a bespoke Moondark matt textured grey paintwork with special gloss black 19" alloy wheels and Black Chrome inserts on the handles, boot trim and door mirrors.

The concept is DS through and through, with bold identity statements. The distinctive DS pattern appears both on the black canvas roof, in gloss weave with a high-tech carbon-fibre look, and is also engraved on the door mirror housings. Meanwhile the brake callipers, wheel hubs, doors with wide side strips and parts of the lettering and badge are coloured in dynamic Carmin red.

Inside, DS3 Cabrio Racing combines performance with elegance. There are bucket seats with a DS watchstrap design in three types of fabric – Napa full-grain leather, DS-embossed leather and Alcantara – and special DS pearl top-stitching, featured in the Carmin shade for the first time, on the seats, dashboard and gearshift. The Carmin colour continues on the seat housings and dashboard, echoing the door side strips.

Weighing just 25kg more than the hatchback version, DS3 Cabrio's optimised architecture gave Citroën Racing the ideal platform to ensure the Racing concept would remain exceptionally lively and agile. Citroën Racing fitted the car with special running gear, brakes and a carbon kit, maintaining the performance of the original DS3 Racing, with a 1.6-litre engine developing 202bhp.

A smart design feature fitting to the Cabrio's lifestyle practicalities is a child seat in three-material watchstrap design leather upholstery, coordinated to the seats, and even co-ordinating rally helmets.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from 11-14 July. For more information visit: http://www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed/welcome.aspx

The car will also be on show at the 65th Frankfurt Motor Show in September.