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New Renault R.S.01 racer: Va-va-vite!

Paris, France - This is the RenaultSport R.S. 01, built to the 2014 LMP1 endurance-racing regulations but intended specially for a new one-make Renaultsport Trophy championship in the World Series by Renault from 2015.

It was designed by the winner of an internal competition - Akio Shimuzu of Renault's Guyancourt studio - and built in a hurry; the final shape was only signed off on 25 April.

R.S. 01 is intended specially for a new one-make Renaultsport Trophy championship.It was designed by Akio Shimuzu of the Guyancourt Renault studio.Chassis is by Italian carbon-fibre specialist Dallara, suspension by Ohlins, brakes by PFC.R.S. 01 is 4.7 metres long, two metres long and only 1.116 metres high.It weighs less than 1100kg ready to goTop speed should be on the scary side of 300kph.Lap times should be somewhere between a GT3 and a DTM car.

CHASSIS

The chassis is by Italian specialist Dallara, which also builds the Formula Renault 3.5 cars. It has a carbon-fibre monocoque tub (which includes the 150 litre fuel-tank), a tubular-steel roll cage and separate crush boxes (crumple zones) at both ends.

Suspension is by double wishbone and pushrod all round, with fully-adjustable Ohlins dampers and PFC brakes with six-piston callipers and 300mm carbon-ceramic discs.

MOTORVATION

Power is provided by a 3.8-litre Nissan GT-R biturbo V6, converted by Nismo to dry-sump lubrication and tweaked to more than 370kW and 600Nm with a Pectel electronic unit that includes a traction control function.

It drives the rear wheels through a seven-speed Sadev paddle-shift sequential transmission with an on-board adjustment for the limited-slip differential.

The finished car is 4.7 metres long, two metres wide and only 1.116 metres high, and weighs less than 1100kg ready to go, which should give it a top speed of more than 300km/h and lap times somewhere between a GT3 and a DTM car.

Vite, for those of us who have never watched a Pink Panther film, is the French word for 'fast'.

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