Since the launch of the Coupe R8 Gordini in 1966, Renault Sport has been an ever-present on the racetracks of Europe and the rest of the world. Sold in the high hundreds since 1991, the four generations of the Clio Cup have earned recognition for their performance, reliability and accessibility.
Replacing the model in use since 2007, the Clio Cup has inherited all the assets of the Clio Renault Sport 200 EDC , starting with its chassis. Reinforced by a welded roll cage, the monocoque chassis delivers increased safety and is stronger too. Enhanced by 17-inch rims, the design of the Clio Cup takes the breath away and is complemented by aerodynamics that make it handle even better on the track.
Renault Sport Technologies’ engineers have put all their brain power into the 1.6L directinjected turbo engine, which produces 220bhp and a constant torque of 270Nm, and is hooked up to a six-speed sequential gearbox enabling gear shifts to be made in just 100 milliseconds. Steering-wheel paddle shifts are available as an option, along with the classic gearstick.
The track-hugging Clio Cup also comes with adjustable shock absorbers. Combined with adjustable axles, this innovative feature allows teams to set the Clio Cup up to suit different
track conditions and driving styles. Two tyre types have also been developed in collaboration
with Michelin and Dunlop.
As with all Renault Sport Technologies cars, the stopping power is a strong feature of the Clio Cup, with 320mm vented discs at the front and powerful 4-piston calipers.
And as is the case with the superlative finishing, every attention has been lavished on the onboard electronics. The engine and gearbox are monitored by a unique ECU that can be accessed only by Renault Sport Technologies’ engineers.
Incorporated into an ergonomic and highly functional dashboard, all the driver controls and displays are within fingertip reach. Meanwhile, performance is analysed and driver efficiency enhanced by a data acquisition system that uses the same software as the Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5.
The Clio Cup is manufactured and assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe. With its enchtested and race-sealed engine, the car is delivered ready-to-race.