Renault Produced Special Clio RS Inspired By Formula 1
|   Sunday, June 19, 2016
To celebrate 40 years of Renault Sport and the French manufacturer's return in the great Formula 1 circuit, the people at Renault have created a very special concept - Clio RS 16. Being based on the production model Clio R, the S concept has combined several elements from older brother Megane RS but also from the race car. The result is insane - the fastest and most aggressive Clio ever created!

The Renault Sport Division has just celebrated the anniversary of 40 years since its founding by fitting a turbo engine with a displacement of 2 liters with 275 hp and 360 Nm of torque under the hood of a Clio RS.
Even the French were calling it "a crazy idea" - it says so even in the press release. But is the kind of madness that gets the desired response from those who believe the current Clio RS is not as tough as former generations.

In the case, the so-called Clio RS 16 concept there is no place for such discussions. The concept was presented for the first time at the Grand Prix Formula 1 in Monaco, with Kevin Magnussen at the steering wheel, the driver of Renault Sport team in Formula 1.

The project was born in an October evening last year when Patrice Ratti, head of Renault Sport Cars and his team of engineers discussed what project would be suitable for the celebration of four decades since the establishment of this division. The engineer Christophe Chapelain, who has an important experience in rally racing, claimed that Clio's chassis is capable of supporting the engine's performance of nearly 300 horsepower.

The proposal was enthusiastically received, considering that in the past models like the Renault 5 Turbo, with central motor or Clio V6 made headlines. In the month that followed, they did tests to confirm the feasibility of mounting a turbo engine with a displacement of 2 liters and 275 hp under the hood of a Clio RS, and in December 2015 Renault gave the green light to build the Clio RS 16 with the status of concept.

Clio RS 16 takes over from the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R the engine, transmission and cooling system. The fastening system of the engine is a new one, resulting from adjustments to certain components from the Megane, Kangoo and Espace.

The list of this Clio's special components continues with 19-inch rims, 60 mm bodywork flaring, Akrapovic exhaust with two outputs, redesigned suspensions (equipped with dampers from Megane RS 275 Trophy-R on the front axle and a rear axle taken from Clio R3T, the Clio rally version), braking system with 350 mm discs, a large aileron and LED projectors with RS Vision design.

Currently, the Clio RS 16 is presented only as a concept, but two copies have been built, one being the test car, which is used to develop the project. There is no official confirmation of a potential series version. But Renault should produce even a small series of the Clio RS 16 because it has real potential to dethrone the German VW Golf GTI Clubsport S, which currently holds the record for the fastest time managed by a car with front wheel drive on the Nordschleife (Nurburgring).

It will be revealed to the general public at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which will be held between June 23-26.
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