version of next year’s Clio Renaultsport
9th August 2005.
As production of the highly successful Clio
Renaultsport 2 litre and V6 three-litre comes to an end,
sports car enthusiast can rest assured that Renaultsport,
the competition and sports car branch of Renault, have
some exciting replacements waiting in the wings. With an
all-new Clio III on sale in October, Renaultsport have
built a more extreme “concept” version of next year’s Clio
Renaultsport 2.0 as a teaser.
with high performance.
Assertive lines, a powerful character
and an exclusive interior make this a show car that blends
refinement with high performance. A demonstration of
Renaultsport Technologies expertise, it is set to become a
worthy successor to the Clio
Renaultsport 2.0 182 and it brings a first to this market
segment: an underfloor air diffuser. Like the extractor
vents in the front wings, it is derived directly from Formula
1 racing cars. The
independent mountings for the front suspension guarantee
that the handling will be precise and sporting. Clio
Renaultsport Concept heralds the production model that is
due to go on sale in 2006.
original lines are emphasised by more
Retain the original spirit of the Clio
III while enhancing its intrinsic qualities and dynamic
capabilities: this was the challenge Renault Sport
Technologies' engineers were asked to rise to with Clio
Renaultsport Concept, an exceptional car combining
performance, excitement and driving pleasure.
- The exclusive red of the Clio
Renaultsport Concept is wholly in keeping with its
character. Although easily recognisable, the original
lines are emphasised by more pronounced curves. The
specific styling of the side bodywork side design
accentuates the power and energy of the car's silhouette.
Enlarged front and rear wings, the lowered stance and the
profiled side skirts combine with the extractor vents and
diffuser to enhance its aerodynamics and high-performance
sunroof, 4 bucket seats and a chrome-zinc
Seven-spoke, 18-inch wheels with
body-coloured highlights reveal large brake discs and
calipers. A large, chrome-zinc-coloured air intake grille
in the front bumper hints at the potential of the 2.0
16V's naturally-aspirated engine developed by Renault
Sport Technologies. The radiator grille and the fog light
surrounds are also chromed, along with the door mirrors,
which add a high-tech touch. At the rear, the diffuser
follows the chrome-zinc theme and the twin exhausts stress
its competition heritage.
Aerodynamics - The Clio
Renaultsport Concept benefits from exceptional
aerodynamics. The key innovation, both technologically and
visually, is the incorporation of a diffuser within the
rear bumper. Currently available only on the most
expensive sports cars, it channels and accelerates air to
create a low-pressure area and hence downforce. The result
negates the need for any type of rear roof spoiler. To
maximise the diffuser's effectiveness, the dual exhausts
are fitted within the side channels to maximise its
The extractor vents in the front wings
also have an aerodynamic function, reducing turbulence,
while also improving hot-air extraction from the engine
bay. The grilles are positioned to direct air along the
sides of the car, thereby optimising performance.
Handling - Renaultsport’s new
generation front suspension design features independent
mountings and aluminium components. Clio Renaultsport
Concept thus enjoys the highest standards of traction and
road holding, with a superb ride and precise handling. The
1520mm track and 2585mm wheelbase ensure that the Clio
Renaultsport Concept's cornering is efficient, safe and
sporting. This layout, along with the choice of
high-performance tyres (215/40 R18) have naturally
involved extended bodywork.
diffuser follows the chrome-zinc theme
with twin exhausts.
The brakes offer exceptional stopping
power and resistance to heat. At the front, red-painted
calipers have four aluminium pistons and cross-drilled
330mm Brembo discs (280mm at the rear).
The Clio Renaultsport Concept has been
bred for performance, its dynamic qualities fully
exploiting the 2.0 16V naturally-aspirated engine. The
engine is both powerful and flexible, delivering sports
response and exemplary refinement via a six-speed gearbox.
Concept's interior confirms that this is no ordinary car.
The chosen materials, chiefly chrome and leather,
emphasise its finely honed design.
instruments deliver essential information
with optimum clarity and include a gear
ratio indicator within the rev-counter.
A generous, panoramic sunroof
accentuates Clio III's innate qualities and enhance the
sense of space and comfort. The four individual bucket
seats are separated by an integral, chrome-zinc centre
console. A body-coloured strip underlines the purity of
the design. Upholstered in red and grey leather with
built-in headrests, the seats are comfortable yet
supportive, while the leather-covered dashboard's fluid
forms echo the Clio III style.
White-faced instruments deliver
essential information with optimum clarity and include a
gear ratio indicator within the rev-counter. Covered in
red and black leather with a flattened lower section, the
steering wheel falls perfectly to hand. A new
ergonomically efficient handbrake design is integrated
into the centre console. Competition-style aluminium
pedals and footrest complete the sports character of Clio
Renaultsport Concept's interior.