Renault unmasks new R.S. 01 racer

Renault has unmasked the new R.S. 01, a 500bhp racer due to compete in next year’s World Series.

Having teased fans with mysterious pictures a month ago, the French carmaker has finally lifted the curtain on the new and enigmatic Renaultsport model.

With a striking design, the R.S. 01 features prominent body lines and detailing. The prominent logo sits on the front end, while LED daytime running lights are positioned along the brake cooling scoops.

The grille’s air intake channels airflow through the chassis and past two water coolers before it’s expelled through extractors on the bonnet hood, increasing negative pressure and downforce.

Renault R.S. 01 bodywork

Other performance enhancing bodywork includes the low-slung profile, lower splitter and rear diffuser which pushes the rear-engined R.S. 01 down onto the track.

The rear end is then topped off with a twin exhaust and LED lights that extended almost completely across the impressive 2,000mm width.

Being a racer and not a roadcar, the interior is suitably sparse but comes fitted with a 150-litre fuel tank and steel roll cage, in addition to crash box in the front to absorb energy in the event of a collision.

Patrice Ratti, CEO of Renault Sport Technologies,said: “Renaultsport R.S. 01 is a racing car of extraordinary design, symbolising Renault’s passion for motorsports.

Renault Sport Technologies

“Under the bodywork, it is packed with cutting-edge systems from Renault Sport Technologies. The aim is to achieve an advanced level of performance, delivering thrills for both the driver and the public.”

Powered by a Nismo V6 engine that produces around 500bhp and over 600Nm of torque, the R.S. 01 comes with a seven-speed sequential gearbox, paired with a limited slip differential.

The huge engine output, combined with the lightweight carbon fibre monocoque means that the R.S. 01 will reach a top speed of nearly 200mph.

Renault haven’t released full performance specs just yet, but it’s expected that more will be revealed closer to the R.S. 01’s official track debut.

The new model will take part in the new Renaultsport Trophy, an all-new event for 2015.

Designed to stand between the Clio Cup events and professional championships, the Renaultsport Trophy aims to be a gateway for drivers looking to move up.

Although the R.S. 01 won’t be made available to the public, Renaultsport has released various high-performance road cars in the past, including the Renaultsport Megane 275 Trophy.

The more potent version of the regular production Megane uses an upgrade of the same powerplant in the standard Renaultsport model with a six-speed manual gearbox and power output of 271bhp.