- Concept celebrates RenaultSport’s 40th year – and F1
- Most powerful engine into a Clio – and in F1 livery
- Clio RS 16 unveiled at Monaco F1 GP week
MONACO – RenaultSport has unveiled concept mini-supercar on the streets of Monaco’s Grand Prix circuit with the brand’s F1 driver Kevin Magnussen at the wheel.
It’s the RenaultSport Clio RS16, the most powerful performance road-going RenaultSport product yet and its reveal (2016) celebrates not only 40 years of RenaultSport but also Renault’s return to F1 as a Constructor.
Patrice Ratti, managing director of RenaultSport Cars and leader of the project which particularly inspired the development team’s specialists, reported to The Corner:
“We wanted to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials. On paper, producing a Clio RS powered by our most potent engine, the 205kW two-litre which delivers peak torque of 360Nm was an extremely appealing idea but we had to make sure it was feasible.
“The development of the highest-performance road-going Renault Sport car yet , thanks to new working procedures involving teams from the worlds of motorsport and road cars, took only five months.”
Finding the ideal way to house the engine, transmission and cooling system from the Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R was a significant challenge, Ratti explained.
” The exhaust was also revised as a function of the engine’s potential, while the suspension was engineered to match the car’s outstanding performance. Careful attention was paid to the sound produced by the car, too, and an Akrapovič twin exhaust system was selected.”
The design and development team dealt successfully with the constraints inherent in the Clio RS 16 project (body widened by 60mm, 19″ wheels and optimisation of the engine cooling system) to produce an expressive, sporty stance.
SEE IT ALSO AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
The result is enhanced by a diode-lit RS VISION chequered-pattern lighting signature featuring exclusive multi-faceted reflector technology.
RenaultSport’s trademark Liquid Yellow paint job has been combined with gloss black details to mirror the livery of RenaultSport F1 team’s RS 16 F1 single-seaters.
The Clios took to the streets of Monaco on Monday (May 23) ahead of the May 29 2016 Monaco GP for its first public viewing but, if you’re planning to attend the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed ovr June 23-26 you can get a look at it there.
2017 Renault Clio Sport