Renault Clio Rally4 received its homologation from the FIA on Thursday. This new step paves the way for the first deliveries and the competitive debut of the latest car designed by Renault's customer racing activities.
Having completed its homologation process with the FIA’s technical department, Clio Rally4 can now prepare for its true baptism of fire in the upcoming weeks.
Resolutely focused on performance, the new two-wheel drive rally car is the result of the savoir-faire of the Viry-Châtillon and Dieppe teams and has also benefited from the expertise of experienced drivers, including Stéphane Sarrazin, Bryan Bouffier, Jean-Sébastien Vigion and Manu Guigou.
After several months and more than 5,000 kilometres of development testing, Renault Clio Rally4 made its first public appearance as the zero car on the Monte-Carlo Rally with the crew of Florian Bernardi and Victor Bellotto.
Based on Clio Rally5, from which it takes the body, the safety elements meeting the most recent standards, the pedals, the steering column and the subframe, Clio Rally4 is designed to become the new reference in its category.
To achieve this, Renault’s customer racing department has paid particular attention to all aspects of performance. The 4-cylinder 1330cc TCe 16-valve engine has been extensively reworked with the development of a new turbo, new pistons, new camshaft and new connecting rods.
Still coupled to a SADEV gearbox, the block has also received specific attention regarding its torque range and power while having already anticipated the future introduction of a restrictor in the FIA Rally4 technical regulations.
Other mechanical components have also been the focus of improved performance and reliability. Clio Rally4 comes with PFC Brakes and BOS Suspension adjustable shock absorbers, which are at the forefront of the latest technology.
Following its successful first public appearance in the Principality, Clio Rally4 will be campaigned by private teams. At the same time, synergies will be formed with the various national and regional Clio Trophies. The best Juniors in these competitions in 2021 will get an official programme with Clio Rally4 next season.
Benoît Nogier, Commercial Racing Director : "This homologation rewards the incredible work our teams have put into the design and development of Clio Rally4. We are very proud of our latest product. This car has been designed without compromise in terms of performance, safety and fun on all surfaces. Clio Rally4 has one goal : to become the new benchmark in its class. Clio Rally4 perfectly meets the specifications we set for ourselves as it was confirmed on the difficult stages of the Monte Carlo. Our next milestone is the first deliveries to customers, and the competitive debut this spring. We are already working on some exciting projects that we can’t wait to unveil to you !"
Clio Rally4 specifications
• Base : Clio RS Line
• Structure : Welded steel monocoque
• Front axle : Pseudo McPherson
• Rear axle : H axle
• Suspension : Bos Suspension three-way adjustable shock absorber and hydraulic stop
• Type : 1.3 TCe Renault – 4 cylindres – 16 valves
• Turbocharger : Borg Warner –30mm restrictor
• Cooling : production derivative
• Fuel delivery : direct injection
• Power : 215hp
• Torque : 350Nm
• Maximum RPM : 6,500
• Electronics : Life Racing
• Fuel : SP98 standard
• Length – Width – Height (mm) : 4,050 – 1,988 - 1,400
• Track Front-Rear (mm) : 1,500 - 1,490
• Wheelbase (mm) : 2,579
• Unloaded weight : 1,080kg
• Sadev sequential 5-speed + reverse gearbox
• Floor mounted selector with reverse electronic release
• ZF type limited slip differntial
• Sachs clutch
• Wheels : 6x15 (Gravel), 7x17 (Tarmac)
• Tyres : Michelin
• Front brake (Tarmac) : PFC calliper and disc– 330mm x 28mm
• Front brake (Gravel) : PFC calliper and disc – 294mm x 28mm
• Rear brake : PFC – PFC calliper, disc – 260mm x 8mm
• Hydraulic handbrake
• FIA homologated FT3 fuel cell
Source: Media Groupe Renault