Clio Renault Sport R3 Access kit released for the rally fans

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 30, 2010

For those of you who dream to race in rallies, you can now choose the new Clio Renault R3 Access which made use of the R3 Maxi technology to release a very competitive and powerful Access version. Clio Renault Sport R3 Access is the new entry level version of the model developed for customers wishing to compete in rallies.

Renault Sport Technologies has used the R3 Maxi as a base to produce an extremely competitive Access version which has opened up the world of rallying to an even broader audience.

The car received the 1,998cc F4R RS engine which features 4 cylinders in line and 16 valves and can produce 200 hp. Being produced only for asphalt races there was no need to change suspensions, still the new model received Bilstein dampers all-round and takes advantage from the high performance braking system, with standard front discs and four-piston Brembo calipers.

The package includes also the Sabelt safety equipment and the same one-piece aluminum alloy 7x17inch Speedline wheels and Michelin 19/62-17 tires present also on the Clio Renault Sport R3 Maxi. The R3 Access package can be achieved at a starting price of €32,600 (or $45,130) in France.

In terms of suspension, one can compare this beast to the standard car you see on the roads nowadays. However, the similarity between the ordinary car and the Clio Renault Sport R3 Access ends there. The R3 Access has sturdier struts than the ordinary vehicle.

Its front suspension features a steering axis that’s fully independent. In response to this, the Clio Renault Sport’s kinematics has been designed specifically to take advantage of the independent steering axis. Its powerful performance is mated to an equally effective braking system.

Clio Renault Sport boasts of four-piston Brembo calipers, which are connected to otherwise standard discs for the front brakes. Other state-of-the-art features include Bilstein dampers. Its wheels are made of a one-piece alloy created from aluminum.

These wheels, which measure, 7x17 inches, are covered with Michelin 19/62-17 tires. It’s worth noting that the tires are also found in the Clio Renault Sport R3 Maxi, and it’s not a surprise that the R3 Access will have other types of equipment that it shares with the Maxi version.

The R3 Access also carries Sabelt safety gear in the interior, just like the R3 Maxi. However, the R3 Access has updated pedal assemblies. Racing on the asphalt obviously is on Renault’s priorities when it designed the R3 Access. Drivers have the unparalleled convenience of being able to change gears easily thanks to the ergonomic positioning of the gearshift control.

Specifically, the gearshift assembly sits adjacent to the steering column. While the standard version is breathtaking on its own, customers with the budget can also upgrade the R3 Access’ performance further. All they need to do is to subscribe to different Premium kits that are available for the car.

The kits are easy to implement, with all the necessary information and instruction available through the company’s Rally Customer Competition department of Renault Sport. All they need do is access an extranet website that has been uploaded specifically for sharing that information. With upgrades, they can transform the R3 Access’ performance into one that’s nearly identical to the R3 Maxi.

Press Release

Renault Clio Renault Sport R3 Access

Clio Renault Sport R3 Access is the new entry level version of the model developed for customers wishing to compete in rallies. Renault Sport Technologies has used the R3 Maxi as a base to produce an extremely competitive Access version which has opened up the world of rallying to an even broader audience.

The 2007 season saw Renault Sport Technologies introduce regular changes to the specification of Clio Renault Sport R3 Maxi in collaboration with its customers who in turn profited from the reliability and performance potential of the brand’s latest rally challenger to secure some 20 two-wheel drive category wins, including two overall victories.

The 2008 season has seen the Clio Renault Sport R3 range extended with the introduction of the entry level Access version which enables rally drivers to compete for a lower initial investment and on a third of the budget required to campaign the Maxi-spec car.

Clio Renault Sport R3 Access shares many of the Maxi’s basic features, including a Clio Renault Sport bodyshell strengthened by a welded roll-cage incorporating more than 40 meters of tubing. The clutch, six-speed sequential gearbox and limited slip differential are also common to both models, as are the steering rack, the electrical system and the Magneti-Marelli ECU which incorporates the data acquisition system.

Clio Renault Sport R3 Access benefits from the very latest developments, including a new reinforced subframe. The 1,998cc F4R RS engine (4 cylinders in line, 16 valves), which is derived from the powerplant of Clio Renault Sport, develops peak power of 200hp and features a specific camshaft and exhaust manifold, while the flywheel is the same as that seen on the Maxi version.

Developed exclusively for asphalt rallying, Clio Renault Sport R3 Access uses the same suspension of the standard car with strengthened struts and specific kinematics for the independent steering axis front suspension. The newcomer is fitted with Bilstein dampers all-round and profits from the high performance braking system featured on Clio Renault Sport, with standard front discs and four-piston Brembo callipers. The one-piece aluminum alloy 7x17-inch Speedline wheels and Michelin 19/62-17 tires are identical to those of Clio Renault Sport R3 Maxi.

There is no mistaking the competition pedigree of the Access version’s upper-range interior which sees the gearshift control positioned right next to the steering wheel.

The kit also features Sabelt safety equipment, most of which is identical to that of the Maxi version. The standard pedal assembly has been reinforced.

To enable customers to improve the performance of their Clio Renault Sport R3 Access as a function of their ambitions and budget, it is possible to upgrade the basic spec thanks to Premium kits (chassis, brakes, engine) which ultimately permit it to reach the same specification as the Maxi version. As with all Renault Sport competition cars, the Rally Customer Competition department provides a broad range of services, including the extranet website which provides all the documentation required to build the Access and Premium kits.

The Clio Renault Sport R3 Access kit, including all the specific parts to be fitted to the car, comes at a pre-tax price of €32,600 in France. The cost of competing is estimated to be €17 per kilometer.

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