Renault Clio RS 16 12

Renault has taken the wraps off the Clio RS 16 at the Monaco Grand Prix. The concept car – which celebrates Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and return to Formula 1 – is quite a special thing, because it’s powered by the company’s most potent engine.

This is of course the 275 hp and 360 Nm 2.0 litre power unit as seen on the Megane RS 275 Trophy-R, which has been shoehorned into the Clio.

Finding the ideal way to house the engine, transmission and cooling system of the most powerful Megane was a significant challenge, but the design and development team dealt successfully with the constraints inherent in the Clio RS, the project accomplished in just five months.

Changes include a widening of the car’s body (by 60 mm) and the introduction of 19-inch wheels into the equation. The graft also saw the exhaust system being revised, with an Akrapovic twin exhaust system finding its way on. Elsewhere, alterations were carried out on the cooling system and suspension setup.

Other novelties include an LED RS VISION chequered-pattern lighting signature featuring exclusive multi-faceted reflector technology. The car is finished Renault Sport’s trademark Sirius yellow, which is combined with gloss black details to mirror the livery of the Renault Sport F1 Team’s RS 16 F1 single-seaters.