Renault has released details of the 2014 Renault Clio Cup.
Based on the Renaultsport Clio R.S. 200 Turbo, the fourth-generation Cup features a reinforced roll cage and stronger monocoque chassis. There is also an aerodynamic body kit with an aggressive front fascia, a roof mounted air scoop and large rear roof-mounted spoiler.
A set of white painted 17-inch Speedline Corse wheels shot with either Dunlop or Michelin tyres and similarly white painted rear diffuser further sets the Cup apart.
The race-inspired interior sports a digital dashboard, a multi-function steering wheel and a Sabelt racing seat with a six-point harness and a HANS compatible headrest.
Under the bonnet is 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine which produces 161kW and 270Nm. It is paired with a Sadev six-speed sequential transmission with steering wheel paddle shifter which is capable of changing gears in just 100 milliseconds.
The engine and gearbox are monitored by a unique ECU that can be accessed only by Renault Sport Technologies’ engineers. Performance can be analysed by a data acquisition system that uses the same software as the Formula Renault 2.0 and Formula Renault 3.5.
The track-focused Clio Cup also comes with adjustable shock absorbers and axles to suit different track conditions and driving styles. Braking is taken care of by 320mm ventilated discs, gripped by powerful 4-piston callipers.
The FIA-approved ready-to-race racer is manufactured and assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe. It will go on sale in September priced from €39,900 in the UK.
It is unclear at this stage whether the Renault Clio Cup will be available in Australia.