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Renault has unveiled its new Renault Sport Clio Cup competition car. The new one, which replaces the previous gen version which has been competing since 2006, utilises the Clio Renault Sport 200 Turbo EDC as a basis.

Here, the 1.6 litre direct-injection, VVT turbocharged M5Mt engine produces 220 hp at 6,000 rpm and 270 Nm at 2,500-5,500 rpm, up by 20 hp and 30 Nm over the road-going 200 Turbo EDC. The race-prepared Clio Cup features a new exhaust system with built-in catalytic converter and a model-specific airbox.

While the road car has a EDC dual clutch six-speed unit, the Clio Cup is equipped with a Sadev ST82-17 six-speed sequential, with a Sadev 23/90 self-locking limited-slip diff. Steering-wheel paddle shifts are available as an option, along with the classic gearstick.

There’s a brand new dashboard, designed exclusively for Renault Sport Technologies by the engineers at Cosworth Electronics, which features a colour display screen that shows all the diagnostics in real time as well as essential data such as fastest lap, gap on a selected driver and track layout, among other things.

The ready-to-race 1,065 kg vehicle features a welded roll cage, a first for a Renault Sport Technologies-designed car in this category, and sits on Speedline 17-inch aluminium one-piece wheels and a choice of two tyres – Michelin 20-61×17 or Dunlop 21-62 x17 – can be had. For brakes, the Clio Cup is shod with Brembo four-piston front calipers and AP Racing 320 mm vented front and 260 mm rear discs.