To celebrate 40 years in racing, Renault Sport released a Clio concept over the Monaco Grand Prix weekend. While its design and colouring are a clear nod to their 2016 Formula 1 car, the real magic lies within.
It uses the same 2-litre turbo-charged engine and cooling system of it’s bigger, heavier brother – the Renault Megane 275 Trophy R, giving this Clio 271 bhp with 266 ft-lb of torque. On paper, that makes it possibly the fastest ever Renault Sport road car. To top it off, it features heavy-duty suspension components from the Clio R3T rally car, and a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Renault wanted the finished product to be no heavier than 1,200 kilos, so luxuries like air-conditioning and rear seats are missing, further putting this in the realm of serious performance track cars. It’s just a shame that for the moment, this concept is a one-off.
To dampen the 40 year celebrations (no wet-weather pun intended), the Monaco Grand Prix may have been one to forget for Renault, with Palmer and Magnussen finding the barriers before the chequered flag. Nevertheless, Renault Sport’s contribution to motorsport and Formula 1 in particular has been massive, winning multiple World Championships as both Team Constructors and engine suppliers.
Read more about the Renault Clio RS 16 concept here.