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.