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 Racing’ 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
As with all Renault Sport Racing 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 Racing’ 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.
Unlike its predecessors, New Clio Cup comes complete with a welded roll cage, first for a Renault Sport Racing designed car in this category and an innovation that obviously offers more in the way of safety than a bolted roll cage.
The additional strength it provides also means better handling on corners. New Clio Cup retains all the incisiveness and balance of the Cup chassis available as an option on the Clio R.S. 200 EDC.
Following the same principles as the production car, the suspension system is equipped with new adjustable Sachs shock absorbers. Along with adjustable geometry settings, they allow New Clio Cup to be tuned for track days and specific driving styles with a minimum of fuss. The springs guarantee a comfortable drive without undermining front-axle performance. New Clio Cup also oversteers progressively during load transfers, enhancing driving pleasure.
Specially created to make an impact, the design of New Clio breaks fresh ground. The first car to fully express the rebirth of the Renault style under Laurens van den Acker, New Clio boasts naturally powerful streamlining, a lower ride height than its precursor and longer tracks, features that all combine to make the sport versions even more combative.
New Clio Cup also takes on some of the features specific to the R.S. 200 EDC : the Formula One blade, rear diffuser, front and rear spoilers, front and rear bumpers, LED lights and twin-exhaust tailpipes, to name but a few. Make no mistake, New Clio Cup has got Renault Sport pedigree coursing through its veins.
Thanks to computational fluid dynamics and some cutting-edge work in the wind tunnel, Renault Sport Racing’ engineers have significantly increased downforce. In conjunction with the front air extractors, the rear diffuser gives the car even more stability when cornering and braking.
The result of careful analysis, the rear spoiler keeps New Clio Cup firmly on the ground, generating nearly 40kg of additional downforce at 200kph.
A lot of thought has gone into New Clio Cup’s braking system, with the emphasis on both safety and performance.
An entirely new feature at this price level, the competition crankset allows precision setting of the front and rear master cylinders. Front-fitted AP Racing 320mm vented discs are gripped by four-piston Brembo callipers, while the rear-fitted solid discs are 260mm in diameter. Brake force distribution is achieved by a limiter acting on the rear circuit.
The unassisted braking circuit produces excellent pedal feel, allowing the driver to modulate braking power smoothly. New Clio Cup has proved its stability, efficiency and endurance in development tests.
After more than 20 years of naturally aspirated engines, the turbo makes its much-heralded return under the bonnet of a Renault Sport hot hatch. Optimised by the engineers at Les Ulis, the new 4-cylinder direct-injected turbo engine has been built using state-of-the-art technology such as diamond-like carbon (DLC) push rods – as used in Formula One – and a double continuous variable camshaft timing (VVT) actuator. Designed for racing, it produces 220bhp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 270Nm at 2,500-5,500rpm. This broader maximum range offers increased driveability compared to the naturally aspirated engines that preceded it.
In contrast to Clio R.S. 200 EDC, the raceprepared New Clio Cup features a new exhaust line with a muffler and built-in catalytic converter is fitted along with a model-specific airbox.
Oreca Magny-Cours is Renault Sport Racing’s sole approved engine manufacturer for New Clio Cup, with all engines being sealed after visiting the test bench to ensure a level playing field for all competitors.
Supplied by Sadev, the six-speed sequential gearbox is hooked up to the engine by an AP Racing competition clutch with built-in stop.
Steering-wheel paddle shifts are available as an option, depend »ing on the version, along with the classic gearstick, while the all-new XAP actuator has trimmed the average gear-shift time to 100 milliseconds, a speed rarely seen in cars of this class.
Put through its paces in a test campaign of over 7,000 kilometres, the powertrain has proved its efficiency and reliability, not to mention its ease of use and maintenance.
The nerve centre of New Clio Cup, the Cosworth SQ7DI ECU manages both engine mapping and transmission shifting patterns. This unique control unit manages direct fuel injection and is sealed to prevent modifications from being made to it. Only Renault Sport Racing can examine its contents in carrying out technical checks.
Special care has been taken with New Clio Cup’s interiors. Designed exclusively for Renault Sport Racing by the engineers at Cosworth Electronics, the new dashboard reflects their attention to detail. The colour display screen shows all the diagnostics in real time as well as essential data for the driver.
The multi-functional steering wheel brings the most useful information within easy reach. The secondary switches and controls can be found on the console on the driver’s right and include the start button, circuitbreaker, engine mapping selector switch (wet or dry) and brake limiter.
New Clio Cup can be fitted with Dunlop 21/62-17 tyres. Crafted by Renault Design, its 17-inch rims are supplied by Speedline.
Technical data sheet
|Type :||M5MT - 4 cylinder - 16 valve - 1,618cc|
|Maximum power :||220bhp at 6,000rpm|
|Maximum torque :||270Nm at 3,500rpm|
|Maximal engine speed :||6,500rpm|
|Type :||Sadev six-speed sequential gearbox + reverse gear|
|Rims :||17’’ x 8’’|
|Tyres :||Dunlop 205-620 x 17|
|Dimensions, weight et capacities|
|Front/rear track :||1,560 / 1,520mm|
|Weight (unladen) :||1,080kg|