Renault has announced a new addition to the Clio range which will offer customers one of its sportiest models ever.
The Clio Renaultsport R3T, which is due to be approved in 2014, is a new turbo-engined model that is set to be unveiled at the Rallye du Var, which is the last round of the Renaultsport Rally Trophy season.
Though the car will be available on general sale, Renault Sport Technologies is also using it to strengthen its involvement in rally, following on from the tremendous success of the Clio Renaultsport R3 since its unveiling in 2006.
According to the French manufacturer, the Clio Renaultsport R3T has been designed to open up “new horizons” and uses the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC as its template, which has been widely praised for its performance and versatility on the road.
Renault Sport Technologies motorsports director Arnaud Boulanger said the design team’s aim was to come up with a “high-performance, reliable vehicle” that is adaptable to every type of surface at an operating cost that is lower than the product it replaces.
“The success enjoyed by the first generation of Clio Renaultsport R3s has bolstered our belief that this formula is especially well suited to meet the requirements of our customers. This class has given Renaultsport the opportunity to find its feet and to excel in a number of markets,” he said.
The new car’s turbocharged 1618cc engine has been specifically adapted to racing by Renault Sport’s engineers and comprises a six-speed sequential gearbox, with steering-wheel paddle shifts offered as optional in the asphalt version.
Renault’s comprehensive package uses Sadev for its gearboxes, Sachs for shock absorbers, PFC for brakes and Cosworth for electronics.
Mr Boulanger concluded: “Initial tests have been promising and a lengthy development campaign has been scheduled in the lead-up to the kit’s approval. Put through its paces by several drivers, the Clio Renaultsport R3T will be tested for more than ten weeks on dirt and tarmac with a view to identifying the best options.”
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