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Introducing the 2CV Race Car

One of the great advantages of 2CV racing is that almost anyone is capable of building or repairing a 2CV race car. The process of conversion is fairly simple and the club's aim is to keep it this way. We know that being able to refine something rather than replacing it with something new every year keeps costs down and builds reliability; it also makes people happy.


2CVs are famed for their exceptional reliability. Within the club there are very few cars that in 16 years of 2CV 24-hour racing have not finished at least one of the races.

Citroen designed the 2CV to be driven flat-out everywhere and we are just continuing the tradition!

You do not need to be a mechanical genius to build and maintain a racing 2CV.

The 2CV is a basic, simple and inherently reliable vehicle; the process of converting one into a racing car is reasonably straightforward. A relatively small number of modifications are required to transform a road-going car into a race winning one. There is good availability of reasonably priced spares, which can be obtained new or second-hand and you will be able to obtain whatever you need for your racing 2CV either via the club or its contacts.

The car must be built to current the RAC Blue Book Regulations for circuit racing covering the requirements for roll cage, safety equipment, seat belts etc. In addition, the 2CV Racing Club is required to define its own technical regulations for the race cars, which are published by the Club and by BARC. In summary they are:

  1. The car is lowered by stiffening and adapting its suspension springs.
  2. Adjustable shock absorbers can be fitted.
  3. Slightly wider 145 width tyres are allowed.
  4. The front steering arms are turned to alter the caster angle.
  5. A standard 2CV 6 gearbox must be fitted.
  6. Improved performance can be achieved by low levels of engine tuning.
  7. Compression can be raised by machining barrels and cylinder heads to Club regulations.
  8. Fitting of the Club Cam is mandatory
  9. Alternative exhausts, air filters and carburettor jetting are also permitted.

A scrutineer from BARC is present at races to check the cars, thus ensuring that the rules are being followed.

Over the years there have been some changes to the technical regulations which have meant that more mechanical parts of the car can be modified. Many of these modification have been for reasons of safety, while the rest are for better handling or performance. In general the modifications require only basic tools and knowledge - for instance removing the choke flap from the carburetor or lengthening the gear lever. Other modifications require welding or the use of other less common equipment - for example altering the springs in the suspension cylinders or modifying the front suspension arms. In these cases the financial outlay is still negligible, and in most cases there are members of the club who can do these modifications for you for a small charge if you do not have the facilities available yourself.

Alternatively, there are usually good 2CVs around, which have been prepared and raced. These can often be cheaper than building your own and of course it takes away the work! You will find cars for sale on the Club Forum, 2cvtv.com and sometimes on ebay. Typically more cars are available towards the end of the racing season but, whatever the time of year you are looking for a car, if you cannot find what you want, please do contact me or post a message on the Forum.

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