Renault Sport is celebrating their 40th anniversary this year, and they’ve decided to do so in spectacular fashion by creating the ultimate hooligan Clio RS.
Dubbed the RS16, the project basically involves transplanting the powertrain from the Mégane RS 275 Trophy-R into a little Clio chassis. Renault Sport have managed to throw the whole thing together in under 5 months.
Obviously, putting a 205 kW 2.0-litre turbocharged motor into a small package like the Clio does mean some precautions have to be taken.
Accordingly, the RS16 is fitted race-ready suspension, an Akrapovic exhaust system, 19” wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport SP2 tyres, Mégane Trophy brakes and bodywork that’s 60 mm wider than normal. All this gives the RS16 a presence confirming it to be one of the craziest RS models to ever exist.
The front bumper and -splitter were redesigned to maximise airflow and cooling. At the rear, a spoiler stolen from a Clio Cup car was added to aid downforce and stability.
Further modification sees the aircon and rear seats removed to save weight, along with the addition of bucket seats and 6-point safety harnesses.
This mental idea started a few months ago, when the folks over at Renault Sport were trying to come up with a worthy anniversary gift to themselves.
“We all recalled the impact made by Clio V6. We wanted to create a technical concept car with extraordinary performance levels but which was more realistically priced. We therefore had to keep our feet on the ground and use simple, ingenious solutions to achieve a vehicle that could be type-approved. Furthermore, we wanted this project to be entirely developed by Renault Sport,” recalled Patrice Ratti.