Citroen BiRotor

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Citroen BiRotor

Postby KiwiDave » Sun May 28, 2017 10:09 pm

Promo film with plinky plonky music. Fabulous :)

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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby spirit r » Mon May 29, 2017 6:14 pm

Great find Dave.
Thanks for sharing. Bi rotor badge looking so cool eh! 0-0
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby A7RXY » Tue May 30, 2017 11:39 am

Has any one ever seen one of these, as they are a new one to me.
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby DKWW2000 » Tue May 30, 2017 7:11 pm

In the back of my mind I seem to recall they made 8? (I might of just imagined that though :? ) Yamaha also made a few rotary bikes :o Oh & even Opel h[b[
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby A7RXY » Tue May 30, 2017 7:34 pm

Pete that was a large engine plant in the film if they only produced 8 cars.
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby DKWW2000 » Tue May 30, 2017 7:55 pm

A7RXY wrote:Pete that was a large engine plant in the film if they only produced 8 cars.

It became the GSA (piston engine) so I guess they just changed the tooling?
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby KiwiDave » Wed May 31, 2017 2:37 am

A7RXY wrote:Pete that was a large engine plant in the film if they only produced 8 cars.


Depending on which source you trust, production was somewhere between 840 to 880 units. It launched at almost the same time as the '73 fuel crisis (the same event which doomed Suzuki's RE-5, put the brakes on just about every other manufacturer's rotary experiments and almost bankrupted Mazda) so was a sales disaster.

Citroen tried to buy all the cars back to avoid having to bankroll a supply of spares. To this day, you cannot register a Birotor in France because Citroen refuse to recognise it as a production model!

There are a handful that survive. Era had this one in his workshop back in 2013 8-)

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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby MelloYello » Wed May 31, 2017 8:56 am

I wonder what the cost of development and all the tooling and training needed for such an exercise?

And then what that would have made the true cost to Citroen for each car made?
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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby A7RXY » Wed May 31, 2017 9:35 am

Great info Dave and very interesting .

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Re: Citroen BiRotor

Postby KiwiDave » Thu Jun 01, 2017 2:43 am

MelloYello wrote:I wonder what the cost of development and all the tooling and training needed for such an exercise?

And then what that would have made the true cost to Citroen for each car made?


The ultimate cost to Citroen was bankruptcy around a year after the birotor launch. It's failure was a major contribution. Apparently, the car cost almost as much as a DS but with worse fuel consumption and all during a fuel crisis. :(
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