The Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car will form the basis for a new one-make
Renaultsport Trophy championship starting next year.
With a design governed by an absolute pursuit of aerodynamic downforce, a weight of less than 2,425 lb (1,100 kg) and an engine developing over 500 hp, the Renaultsport R.S. 01 is able to reach a top speed of over 186 mph.
"Renaultsport R.S. 01 is a spectacular racing car, in the purest tradition of GT. With its high-level sporting capacities, Renaultsport R.S. 01 illustrates the rich expertise of Renaultsport, and its ability to develop the racing cars that will reveal future GT or Endurance champions," said Alain Prost, three-time Formula 1 champion and Renault Ambassador for motorsport.
Renault wants the new car to add a fresh dimension to customer sport and to talent-spotting among pilots and amateur drivers. The Renaultsport Trophy championship, an event built to measure, will be a new opportunity for "Pro-Am" teams, and a gateway to the GT, DTM, ELMS and WEC championships.
Design Inspired by Concept Cars
The Renaultsport R.S. 01 sets out to be one of the world's most efficient GT racers. The aim was twofold: to make Renaultsport R.S. 01 an iconic Renault vehicle, and to contribute to track performance through a constant quest for aerodynamic efficiency.
Like all the Renault vehicles designed under the management of Laurens van den Acker, Renaultsport R.S. 01 displays a prominent logo, the key feature on the front end. At the center of the grille, the air is "sucked in" and channelled by the stem of the chassis towards the two water coolers.
Underlined by the graphic pattern running from the headlights to the side air intakes, the low-slung profile is characteristic of a GT with a central rear engine.
The rear diffuser "pushes"' Renaultsport R.S. 01 to the track, extracting the air flow sweeping under the flat bottom. The diffuser is topped by a twin exhaust and LED lights, completing the original light signature that extends across the width of Renault Sport R.S. 01 almost in its entirety.