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Renault Clio R.S.16 : 275hp to celebrate Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and return to F1


Monte Carlo — Monaco’s famous Grand Prix circuit is the site for a first look at a new concept car driven by Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Kevin Magnussen today. By choosing Monaco, Renault Sport makes the link between Clio R.S.16’ both around circuits and on ordinary roads.

Motor show of Renault Sport Clio R.S.16

Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars, leader of the project which particularly inspired the development team’s specialists:

“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials. On paper, producing a Clio R.S. powered by our most potent engine – namely the 275-horsepower two-litre power unit which delivers peak torque of 360Nm – was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible.” – Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars

Renault Clio R.S.16 - under the hood - engine / moteur

Renault Clio R.S.16 – under the hood – engine / moteur

Thanks to new working procedures involving teams from the worlds of motorsport and road cars, the incubation of the highest-performance road-going Renault Sport car ever took just five months.

Finding the ideal way to house the engine, transmission and cooling system of the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R was a significant challenge. The exhaust system was also revised as a function of the engine’s potential, while the suspension was engineered to match the car’s outstanding performance characteristics. Careful attention was paid to the sound produced by the car, too, and an Akrapovič twin exhaust system was selected.

Design show of Renault Sport Clio R.S.16

The design and development team dealt successfully with the constraints inherent in the Clio R.S. 16 project (body widened by 60mm, 19-inch wheels and optimisation of the engine cooling system) to produce an expressive, sporty stance. The result is enhanced by an LED R.S. VISION chequered-pattern lighting signature featuring exclusive multi-faceted reflector technology.

Renault Clio R.S.16 - sketch design by Franck Le Gall

Renault Clio R.S.16 – sketch design by Franck Le Gall

Renault Clio R.S.16 - side-face sketch design by Franck Le Gall

Renault Clio R.S.16 – side-face sketch design by Franck Le Gall

Renault Sport’s trademark Sirius yellow has been combined with gloss black details to mirror the livery of Renault Sport Formula One Team’s R.S.16 F1 single-seaters.

Renault Clio R.S.16 - garage - side-face / profil - dark-light

Renault Clio R.S.16 – garage – side-face / profil – dark-light

Renault Clio R.S.16 - side-face / profil

Renault Clio R.S.16 – side-face / profil

Renault Clio R.S.16 - wheel / jante

Renault Clio R.S.16 – wheel / jante

Renault Clio R.S.16 - rear side-face / profil arrière

Renault Clio R.S.16 – rear side-face / profil arrière

After today’s first public airing in the streets of Monaco, the car’s next official appearance will be the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, United Kingdom, on June 23-26.


via Renault Sport


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Clio R.S.16 : Renault Sport fête ses 40 ans, design DeZir, moteur & châssis de Mégane R.S. 275



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