The radically new Renault Sport R.S. 01

allcarschannel Renault has announced its radically new R.S. (Renault Sport) 01 that’s inspired by the world of concept cars. The Concept R.S. 01 is also governed by an absolute pursuit of aerodynamic downforce. Its technical specifications reflect the best of Renault Sport expertise.

With a carbon monocoque chassis for a weight of less than 1,100 kg and an engine developing over 500 hp, the R.S. 01 is able to reach a top speed of over 300 km/h. From 2015, Renault Sport R.S. 01 will be one of the stars of World Series by Renault in a new championship, the Renault Sport Trophy, a springboard for the professional GT and Endurance championships.

Renault Sport R.S. 01 conceptualized at Guyancourt design studios

Conceptualized at Renault’s Guyancourt design studio, the R.S. 01 displays a prominent emblem; the key feature on the front end. The vehicle’s impressive width of 2,000 mm, for a height of 1,116 mm, is reinforced by the signature of the LED DRLs (daytime-running lights) positioned along the brake cooling scoops. At the center of the grille, the air is “sucked in” and channeled by the stem of the chassis towards the two water coolers. The large blade of the lower splitter and stepped flat bottom also contribute to aerodynamics at the front. The two fins on the side of the bumper generate vortices that limit the turbulence of the rotating wheels.

From the side, the graphic pattern running from the headlights to the intakes matches well with the low-slung profile of the GT’s central rear engine. The imbalance in the overhangs is dictated by vehicle architecture and also by efforts to optimize weight distribution. The windows extending back to the airfoil and curved shape of the rear bonnet further underline the choices made in design. Meanwhile, air flow is channeled by the lower splitter into extractors positioned behind the front wheels. Running along the doors, these extractors change shape to become intercooler scoops. This provides effective cooling for the turbochargers. Additionally, the sculpted lines of R.S. 01 bring to mind the concept car DeZir, presented in 2010. Lastly, the concept performance takes up special Michelin 18-inch tyres.

A 3.8-liter V6 twin-turbo engine, mated to a Sadev seven-speed sequential transmission, powers the car to over 500 hp with maximum torque of more than 600 Nm. The gearbox is activated by steering-wheel paddles, whereas the sequential control system is managed by an XAP electromagnetic actuator.

This rear-wheel drive speedster has the stopping power to boot, thanks to a braking system that combines 380 mm carbon discs from PFC Brakes with six-piston calipers.

As a would-be Le Mans racer, the R.S. 01 follows FIA Endurance cars’ regulated standard equipment list, which comprises a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, a 150 liter fuel tank, a steel roll cage, a collapsible steering column, the HANS system and a Sabelt bucket seat with six-point harness, as well as Bosch’s Motorsport ABS.

2015 Renault R.S. 01 Specifications

Length: 4,710 mm
Width: 2,000 mm
Height: 1,116 mm
Wheelbase: 2,744 mm
Front/rear track: 1,675 / 1,624 mm
Weight: 1,100 kg

Chassis: Dallara carbon monocoque chassis and steel roll cage
Aerodynamics: Front blade and splitter, stepped flat bottom, rear diffuser and rear wing
Engine: Nismo V6 24 valves 3.8-liter (Layout Longitudinal central rear) with 2 turbochargers
Transmission: 7 speed+ reverse Control XAP semi-automatic with steering-wheel paddlesGearbox Sadev sequential,
Differential Limited slip Clutch
Max power: > 500 hp @ 6,800 rpm
Max torque: > 600 N.m
Steering: Hydraulic power steering
Electronic management: Pectel SQ6M with traction control
Gears and Suspension: Double wishbone + pushrods Dampers Öhlins 2-way adjustable
Brakes: PFC Brakes 380 mmCarbon discs, 6-piston calipers, Bosch ABS system
Wheels/tyres: Braid wheels, central mounting tyres 30/68 R18 (front) and 31/71 R18 (rear)

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