The history of Renault Sport over the last forty years is replete with cars that have sustained the passion of their owners… whilst leading some to become professional racing drivers!

Let’s go back to October 1978, when the R5 Turbo was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show. Its stocky, muscular appearance, with its famous rear mid-mounted engine, was an instant hit with fans. The racing versions of the car would go on to win the Rallye Monte-Carlo and the Tour de Corse.

To celebrate its success in Formula 1, Renault launched the Clio Williams at the start of the 1990s. With 147hp for a weight of just 990kg, it served up fiendish performance and a chassis that set a new benchmark. In 1995, the Clio Williams’ 2.0-litre 16v engine powered the legendary Spider Renault Sport. Its lack of windscreen and scissor doors were the standout features of the Brand’s first roadster.

For the second generation of Clio, Renault returned to the R5 Turbo concept. With its rear mid-mounted engine and fiery handling, Clio V6 carried on the brand’s love of a challenge and passion for racing.

From 2005, the wizards at Renault Sport switched their focus to Mégane as they sought to conjure up another dazzling machine. The radical version, the R26-R stunned onlookers on the legendary Nürburgring track in breaking the lap record for a production model. Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R, based on the next generation of the model, would then repeat the trick. In May 2014, it set a new record on the Nordschleife, dipping under the eight-minute mark!

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of Renault Sport, Clio R.S.16 carries on this glorious line. Designed in only five months, this concept car illustrates the capacity of Renault Sport to link the track and the road…