Dynamic Clio Renaultport Concept Unveiled | Part Two

Clio Renaultsport Concept

Renault Clio

Aerodynamics honed in competition

The Clio Renaultsport Concept benefits from exceptional aerodynamics. The key innovation, both technologically and visually, is the incorporation of a diffuser within the rear bumper. Currently available only on the most expensive sports cars, it channels and accelerates air to create a low-pressure area and hence downforce. The result negates the need for any type of rear roof spoiler. To maximise the diffuser's effectiveness, the dual exhausts are fitted within the side channels to maximise its efficiency.

The extractor vents in the front wings also have an aerodynamic function, reducing turbulence, while also improving hot-air extraction from the engine bay. The grilles are positioned to direct air along the sides of the car, thereby optimising performance.

Handling: fun and safe

Renaultsport’s new generation front suspension design features independent mountings and aluminium components. Clio Renaultsport Concept thus enjoys the highest standards of traction and road holding, with a superb ride and precise handling. The 1520mm track and 2585mm wheelbase ensure that the Clio Renaultsport Concept's cornering is efficient, safe and sporting. This layout, along with the choice of high-performance tyres (215/40 R18) have naturally involved extended bodywork.

The brakes offer exceptional stopping power and resistance to heat. At the front, red-painted calipers have four aluminium pistons and cross-drilled 330mm Brembo discs (280mm at the rear).

The Clio Renaultsport Concept has been bred for performance, its dynamic qualities fully exploiting the 2.0 16V naturally-aspirated engine. The engine is both powerful and flexible, delivering sports response and exemplary refinement via a six-speed gearbox.

Sports character through and through

Clio Renaultsport Concept's interior confirms that this is no ordinary car. The chosen materials, chiefly chrome and leather, emphasise its finely honed design. A generous, panoramic sunroof accentuates Clio III's innate qualities and enhance the sense of space and comfort. The four individual bucket seats are separated by an integral, chrome-zinc centre console. A body-coloured strip underlines the purity of the design. Upholstered in red and grey leather with built-in headrests, the seats are comfortable yet supportive, while the leather-covered dashboard's fluid forms echo the Clio III style.

White-faced instruments deliver essential information with optimum clarity and include a gear ratio indicator within the rev-counter. Covered in red and black leather with a flattened lower section, the steering wheel falls perfectly to hand. A new ergonomically efficient handbrake design is integrated into the centre console. Competition-style aluminium pedals and footrest complete the sports character of Clio Renaultsport Concept's interior.

Published 10 August 2005 Melanie Carter

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