The new Rally4 specification Renault Clio is ready for competition after receiving its homologation from the FIA on Thursday (1st April) .
The new two wheel drive car has been extensively tested over 5, 000km by Stéphane Sarrazin, Bryan Bouffier, Jean-Sébastien Vigion and Manu Guigou, as well as making its public debut as the zero car on January’s Monte-Carlo Rally.
Based on the Clio Rally5, the most recent safety elements, pedals, steering column and subframe have been carried over with the car designed to be the new benchmark vehicle in its class. The 4-cylinder 1330cc TCe 16- valve engine has had particular attention paid to it, with an extensive reworking throughout resulting in a new turbo, camshaft, new pistons and connecting rods.
The Clio Rally4 will be campaigned by private teams, with links created between national and regional Clio Trophies. The top performing junior drivers in these competitions in 2021 will get official programmes with the car in 2022.
Benoît Nogier, Commercial Racing Director said: “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.“