Renault made quite a buzz today at the 2014 Moscow Motor Show when it unveiled the Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car. The new vehicle will take the start from 2015 in a new championship called Renaultsport Trophy, a springboard for the professional GT and Endurance championships. The Renaultsport R.S. 01 is completely new and promises to be the most efficient GT racer in the world.
The first visual impact with the vehicle shows the large centered logo that dominates the front grille, large air intakes, stylish LED headlights, as well as a large front lip spoiler. From the side, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 resembles the DeZir Concept but designer Akio Shimizu was also inspired by the Renault Etoille Filante (Shooting Star), a vehicle that managed to top 300 km/h (186 mph) at Boneville Salt Flats in 1956.
The side shows a lower splitter located behind the front wheels as well as intercooler scoops that provide better cooling for the turbochargers. The rear end features stylish LED lights, a twin exhaust but also an adjustable rear wing as well as a new air diffuser.
In terms of safety, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 comes with a front crash box that absorbs energy in case of a frontal impact, a crash box for the gearbox, a steel roll cage as well as a tub which includes a 150 liter fuel tank. As a result, the race car respects FIA’s LMP1 2014 standards.
According to the press release, there is also new suspension design, featuring a conventional double wishbone layout that has been adopted with pushrods and Ohlins dampers. Behind the 18-inch wheels we find 380 mm carbon brake discs developed by PFC Brakes with six-piston calipers.
Under the hood, there is a 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo petrol engine prepared by Nismo, same used by the Nissan GT-R, which delivers 500 hp and 600 Nm of torque. Engine is bolted to a seven-speed gearbox developed by Sadev.