Renault Clio enters eco race

Renault will enter two Renault Clio supermini’s in the RAC Future Car Challenge, each of which will feature Renault’s eco2 signature and emissions of just 98g/km.

This is enough to ensure the Clios are exempt from both UK emissions-based road tax and the London congestion charge under the new rules.

Both cars will be driven alongside 60 of the greenest cars on the market today, taking in a 57 mile route starting in Brighton and ending in London’s Pall Mall.

Cars include electric, hybrid and low-emissions cars and contestants will be joined by particularly eco-friendly vans and motorcycles as well.

The winner will be the vehicle which uses the least energy over the course of the route. The Clio can achieve 76.3mpg on the combined cycle, but motoring journalists Simon McBride from Parker’s and Richard Aucock from Motoring Research will be hoping to beat that figure in the challenge.

The event will take place on Saturday 6 November at 8am and the RAC believes it is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

It will also signal the start of Renault’s push to introduce more low-CO2 cars. In the next 12 months, the French marque will introduce a 90g/km diesel-powered Twingo city car, a 106g/km Megane and low-CO2 versions of the Grand Scenic MPV and Laguna saloon.

Both petrol and diesel powertrains will be downgraded in the meantime and Renault will launch four electric vehicles in the next few years.

These include the Fluence Z.E. saloon, Kangoo Z.E. van, Zoe Z.E. supermini and Twizy Z.E. city car.