The New Clio Cup replaces the model used competitively since 2006, the new Clio Cup has benefited from all the assets of the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo EDC, starting with its chassis. Reinforced by a welded roll cage, the monocoque chassis delivers increased safety and is stronger too.
Fast facts: It has a new 1.6-litre, direct-injection turbo engine that produces 220hp and a constant torque of 270Nm. It is hooked up to a six-speed, sequential gearbox that enables gear shifts to be made in just 100 milliseconds. Steering-wheel paddle shifts are available as an option, along with the classic gearstick.
More competition-read equipment out-of-the-box: Adjustable shock absorbers, adjustable axles, 320mm ventilated discs, 4-piston calipers, Formula One-style front blade, rear diffuser, front and rear spoilers, front and rear bumpers, LED lights and twin-exhaust tailpipes, to name but a few. Renault Sport Technologies’ engineers have significantly increased downforce as well, with the front air extractors and the rear diffuser generating with nearly 40kg of additional downforce at 190 km/h.
Unlike its predecessors, the new Clio Cup comes complete with a welded roll cage, a first for a Renault Sport Technologies-designed car and an innovation that the company claims to offer more in terms of safety than a bolted roll cage.
Now, for the gritty details:
Front-fitted AP Racing 320mm vented discs (8mm larger than on the previous Clio Cup) 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. CL Brakes provides the high-performance endurance brake pads to complete the package.
Dealing with the shocks are ZF Race Engineering’s shock absorbers. Along with adjustable geometry settings, they allow the new Clio Cup to be tuned for track days and specific driving styles with a minimum of fuss. The springs, comprising a stiffness of 110Nm at the front and 80Nm at the rear, guarantee a comfortable drive without undermining front-axle performance. The new Clio Cup is factory-set for progressive oversteer at the limits.
The new 4-cylinder, direct-injection turbo engine has been built using state-of-the-art technology such as diamond-like carbon (DLC) push rods and a double continuous variable camshaft timing (VVT) actuator. It produces 220hp at 6000rpm and a maximum torque of 270Nm at 2500-5500rpm. This broader maximum range offers increased driveability compared to the naturally aspirated engines that preceded it. A Sadev 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 standard on both the Eurocup and UK versions of the car, while the all-new XAP electric actuator has trimmed the average gear-shift time to 100 milliseconds, a speed rarely seen in cars of this class.
The nerve centre of the 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 Technologies can examine its contents in carrying out technical checks. Hooked up to PI Toolbox software, which is also used in the Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5, it allows teams to get the most out of the data it generates.
For the racer: A colour display screen shows all the diagnostics in real time as well as essential data for the driver: fastest lap, gap on a selected driver, track layout, etc. The multi-functional steering wheel brings the most useful information within easy reach. Its seven buttons operate a wide variety of functions, each of which can come in handy during races, such as headlights, windscreen wipers and the display screen scroll. One of the buttons can also be hooked up to a free connector on the wiring loom to hook up an extra function, such as a radio or drink dispenser.
The secondary switches and controls can be found on the console on the driver’s right and include the start button, circuit-breaker, engine mapping selector switch (wet or dry) and brake limiter. On the driver safety front, the new welded roll cage, Sabelt six-point harness and bucket seat with HANS-compatible headrest and a window net earn the new Clio Cup an FIA approval.
The new Clio Cup is manufactured and assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe. Official price? 39,900 Euros plus VAT (approximately S$66,406).