Renaultsport’s turbo-powered Clio Cup race car made its British track debut at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk, United Kingdom on April 24, 2013. Renault UK Clio Cup front-runner Josh Files of the Team Pyro drove the Clio Cup to a blazing speed on the 2.97-mile circuit, achieving a lap time of just around two seconds short of the current record. The 1.6-litre Clio Cup race car logged a best lap time of 2 minutes and 07.001 seconds (84.15mph) in dry and bright conditions at the track. It is nearly 2 seconds short of the current lap record set by the third-generation Clio race car of 2 minutes and 08.937 seconds (82.89mph) in August 2011 by Westbourne Motorsport’s James Colburn.
The fourth-generation Clio Cup race car is based on the new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC roadcar and is powered by a 220hp turbo-boosted engine tuned by Oreca Magny-Cours and sealed at source. The latest Clio Cup race car features a six-speed sequential gearbox, a paddle-shift gear change, and an AP Racing clutch. The Clio Cup now features adjustable dampers from ZF-Sachs with specific aluminium suspension wishbones.
The turbo-powered Clio also benefits from the enhanced AP Racing brakes. Multi-titled Team Pyro will be fielding two of the fourth-generation Clio Cup race cars for Files and Irish driver David Dickenson in Eurocup Clio this year. Files is currently third overall in the Renault UK Clio Cup program and is also set to compete for his first continental campaign in Eurocup Clio this year.
New Renault Clio is the carmaker’s first production model to fully express the brand’s design renaissance as inspired by Laurens van den Acker. The new Clio was aimed at taking the style and emotion of Renault’s concept cars, thereby applying them into its production models.
Even at a glance, the new five-door Clio is easy to recognize as a Renault. This is thanks to its front-end styling that is defined by a prominent Renault logo as worked a gloss black background, a design cue first seen on the Renault DeZir concept car. In addition, the new Clio is defined by its new headlamps with chrome details as well as by daytime running lights employing LED technology. As designed, the new Renault Clio has a sporty silhouette as highlighted by integrated rear door handles cleverly concealed near the rear quarter lights.
At launch, the new Renault Clio could be availed in any of the eight body colors, four of which are new. These new colors include the Flame Red launch color that was inspired by the DeZir concept car.
To achieve its balanced proportions, designers at Renault made sure that new Clio has well-thought dimensions. It measures 4,062 mm in length, 1,732 mm in width (excluding mirrors) and 1,448 mm in height. Sitting 45 mm closer to the ground than the previous model, the new Clio has wider front and rear tracks (by between 34 mm and 36 mm).