Renaultsport RS 01: The Racecar of Our Dreams
If you had the freedom to design a car for a one-make racing series, you’d want to cram in just about all the nuttiest stuff that you possibly could. Happily, Renault has done just that. Boasting sleek lines and a heart plucked from a monster – this is the Renault Sport RS 01, the solo contender in the company’s new one-make Renault Sport Trophy series, which kicks off next year. RELATED: See Photos of the 2015 Renaultsport RS 01
So how many goodies has Renault crammed into this new track-going demon? Well, many. The car’s backbone – a carbon fiber monocoque chassis – arrives courtesy of Dallara, the folks who design all those IndyCar chassis, the KTM X-Bow, and the new Formula-E racer.
The engine comes from across the corporate structure at Nissan. Happily it’s the 3.8-liter twin-turbo V6 from the GT-R. It backs up to a seven-speed paddle-shift gearbox and it’s slated to develop at least 500 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque, which is actually less than it does in the GT-R.
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Thankfully, it weighs less: a lot less. The RS 01 tips the scales at a 2,425 lbs – nearly 1,400 pounds lighter than ‘ole Godzilla. This should allow for a lightning quick 0-60 mph sprint; though one hasn't yet been listed. However, Renault does peg a top speed of 186 mph.
To keep all that performance on the ground, Renault has given the RS 01 its fair share of aerodynamic wizardry, sporting various cooling ducts and a race-bred front splitter, stepped underside, rear diffuser, and rear wing.
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And aside from getting to drive one of these beasts, the perks of winning the Renault Sport Trophy series are pretty eye-watering too. The champion in the ‘Pro’ category will earn a chance to race for the NISMO team in Japan’s Super GT championship and the amateur champion will get to drive an LMP2 car at the 2016 24 Hours of LeMans.
Not too shabby if you ask us.
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