Renault Clio Cup, Rally And RX Unveiled With Turbo Power

Renault has used the French Grand Prix to introduce the new Clio Cup, Clio Rally and Clio RX.

Based on the Clio RS Line, the customer racing cars have a familiar design but are distinguished by a roof-mounted scoop and a roll cage.

Each model is slightly different, but all come equipped with a non-adjustable Bos suspension and a limited slip differential. The cars also have an upgraded cooling system and an FIA homologated fuel cell.

Power comes from a turbocharged 1.3-liter four-cylinder engine that produces between 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 177 hp (132 kW / 180 PS). The engine also develops between 207 lb-ft (280 Nm) and 236 lb-ft (320 Nm) of torque, depending on regulations. Regardless of the output, all models are equipped with a Sadev five-speed sequential transmission that features a Sachs clutch.

While the cars share a lot in common, Renault says each one is a proper race car that has been designed specifically for the task at hand. Speaking of which, there are three sets of wheels including 15-inchers for gravel, 16-inchers for asphalt and 17-inchers for Cup racing.

The commonality between the models also has an interesting perk as Renault says they will offer conversion kits which will enable owners to transform their car from one model into another. Renault describes this as an economic solution that will enable customers to experience multiple forms of racing.

Renault will release more details in the future, but the models are slated to go into production in October and be ready for the 2020 racing season.

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