A fortnight ago we brought you the first images of Renault’s new 2013 Renault Clio Cup, based on the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo, which was launched at last month’s Paris Motor Show. Today Renault has confirmed its final specification and price.
The fourth-generation Clio Renaultsport has received a mixed response in enthusiast communities, mainly because it moves away from its predecessor’s tried-and-tested 2-litre normally aspirated powerplant to adopt a smaller capacity 1.6-litre turbocharged one.
Also gone is the outgoing Clio Renaultsport’s six-speed manual gearbox – to be replaced by a EDC dual clutch transmission (or Auto as Americans like to call them) and no longer is it a sporty 3-door, instead all Clios (including Renaulsport models) will be built on a single 5-door platform (with hidden rear door openers).
So while we ponder the sporting authenticity of the road car, Renault Sport are promoting the uncompromising Clio Cup racer to show us that the feisty hot hatch DNA remains all present and correct.
Featuring the same 1.6-litre turbo-powered engine as the road car, but tuned and sealed by Oreca Racing, Magny-Cours, it develops 217bhp and 199lb-ft (270Nm) of torque. Gone is the road-car’s dual clutch transmission and in its place is a six-speed sequential gearbox with an AP Racing clutch and limited slip differential. Motorsport customers can also choose an optional steering-wheel mounted paddle-shift gear change.
Braking is accomplished by 320mm AP Racing front discs and four-piston callipers, while the suspension features one-way adjustable dampers from ZF-Sachs with bespoke aluminium wishbones. 17-inch Speedline Corse racing alloys are fitted all round together with Michelin racing tyres. Electronically, the Clio Cup’s data acquisition system is integrated into the TFT full colour dash display in front of the driver.
Aerodynamically the car boasts a larger rear wing than the road car, providing 40kg of downforce at 125mph, with the addition of a roof scoop similar to the one on the current Clio Cup.
With Clio Cup racing being one of the most affordable single-make race series, the organisers have chosen to run the existing car in the British championship throughout 2013, and then introduce the new turbo-charged Clio Cup car the following season.
The new Clio Cup will be available for delivery in the UK from September 2013, priced at around £37,000 (€37,800 excluding VAT). The new car will race in the Clio Eurocup next year, so British teams will have ample opportunity to see it in action ahead of its planned 2014 UK debut.