To celebrate Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and its return among the constructors competing in Formula 1, Renault unveiled its Clio R.S. 16 in the prestigeous setting of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix. This version of the Clio R.S. with excepetional performance brings together the know-how of the Renault Sport competition and series engineers to become the fastest Renault Sport ever created.
Sharing its heritage and colours with the Renault Sport Formula One Team single-seater, the Clio R.S. 16 concept car also had the same driver, Kevin Magnussen, for its first public laps today in Monaco.
Five emblematic models lined-up by its side in Monte-Carlo, the Mégane R.S. 275 Trophy-R and Mégane R26 R for Jolyon Palmer and Esteban Ocon, who are also part of the Renault Sport Formula One Team driver line-up.
They were joined by Renault Sport Academy driver Louis Delétraz in the Clio V6. Renault Sport Racing development driver Carmen Jorda drove the Spider and Renault Ambassador Jean Ragnotti was behind the wheel of the R5 Turbo in a parade on the Anthony Noghès circuit.
Kevin Magnussen then put in two fast laps by himself with the Clio R.S. 16, which is a proper accumulation of the Renault Sport know-how.
Find all information pertaining to the Clio R.S. 16 in the press kit available here.
Kevin Magnussen: “My first impressions are really positive. The sensations at the wheel of the Clio R.S. 16 are rather impressive. A front-wheel drive with 275 horsepower that has such good handling in such a small car is equally important and I must say that the Renault Sport teams have done a great job! Its aggressive look is also cool. Its large wheel arches give it a look of a proper race car and make it very tidy in the corners. There isn’t a better way to celebrate Renault Sport’s 40TH anniversary than to drive the Clio R.S. 16 in the streets of Monaco!”
Patrice Ratti, Director of Renault Sport Cars: «The Renault Clio R.S. 16 celebrates as much the return of Renault as a constructor in F1 as it does the 40 years of Renault Sport. Putting the engine of the Mégane R.S. into a compact like the Clio R.S. was quite a gamble, but we have succeeded in creating this wonderful car presented today alongside some legendary and extreme models that are a pleasure to drive on the limit. The Renault Sport spirit is an everyday occurrence, but today its ‘passion’ shined through in Monaco!”
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External Communications Manager
Renault Sport Cars
Marie-Hélène de Rabaudy
External Media and Communications Manager
Renault Sport Racing