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Renault Clio (1) General Information

The Renault R5 had an amazingly long and successful life, with only one facelift it was produced for nearly 20 years! And it had a worthy replacement. As Renault meanwhile replaced numbers by names, the all new design to replace the R5 was called Clio. The Clio followed on in the French tradition of nippy, fun handling hot hatches. In fact, on the road the Clio was always one of the cars that fit the description "hot hatch" most perfectly.

And soon Renault started something that as well was not new for French car manufacturers. Well, Peugeot had started with what some nick named "Lego engines" where parts between different engines were interchangeable. I.e. a 205 GTI 1.6 engine could be converted to a 205 GTI 1.9 engine simply by changeing crankshaft and con rods and adding a spacer. But for Peugeot it was more design and production convenience. Renault took this idea a step further and proved once more how customer orientated French sport departments work:

The hottest Clio at first was called Clio 16s - the "s" standing for soupapes, the French word for valves, so this name simply meant 16v. The Clio 16s had a 1.8 16v engine, which at first sounded like a good idea for a car that size. But soon it was discovered that 1783cc is not such a good idea for motorsport, when the car was homologated for N3 and A7, these classes stretching from 1601cc to 2000cc. Renault needed a 2.0 for the Clio. Since Renault was at that time cooperating with the Williams F1 team, Williams helped creating an engine with 1998cc, which was basically taking the 1.8 and giving it a longer stroke. The according road model was called Clio Williams.

Then the strike of genius was that motorsport customers were addressed and offered a kit of parts. The kit would be affordable for privateer and amateur drivers and it would avoid their Clio 16s going to waste. With a pretty simple kit you could convert your 1.8 16s to a 2.0 Williams. Maybe this is where the "Kit Car" idea comes from. Renault was long not finished with the Clio kit. Read on in the Clio Maxi file!!!!

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Renault Clio (1) Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Renault Clio (1) 16s (91-96) 200/6800 205/6000 3728.1645.1365 930 (4.65) FWD (2472)
Renault Clio (1) Williams (93-96) 220/6900 230/6000 3728.1645.1365 930 (4.2) FWD (2472)

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Renault Clio (1) Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
21st. 1996 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #38 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
14th. 1996 WRC Rally Argentina G. Raies J. Volta #16 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1995 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol G. Monti #33 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
15th. 1995 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
7th. 1995 WRC Rallye Catalunya O. Gomez M. Marti #19 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
13th. 1994 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:07:46
6th. 1994 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Macedo M. Borges #24 [UNKNOWN] 7:05:52
8th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #11 [UNKNOWN] 6:17:30
9th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse S. Jordan J. Boyère #22 [UNKNOWN] 6:20:47
11th. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse J. Manzagol G. Monti #34 [UNKNOWN] 6:31:57
13th. 1994 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #37 [UNKNOWN] 7:51:20
13th. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo P. Andreucci S. Fedeli #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #17 [UNKNOWN] 6:36:11
9th. 1993 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille J. Andrié #16 [UNKNOWN] 6:38:48
15th. 1993 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #57 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
9th. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #15 [UNKNOWN] 5:55:09
10th. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille J. Andrié #9 [UNKNOWN] 6:01:03
12th. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse E. Mauffrey H. Sauvage #21 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
11th. 1992 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
16th. 1992 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #50 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bugalski D. Giraudet #19 [UNKNOWN] 7:24:52
18th. 1991 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" M. Pavli #53 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Renault Clio (1) Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1998 WRC Rally Argentina W. Suriani . UNKNOWN #22 [UNKNOWN] SS3 fire
Ret. 1997 WRC Rally Argentina G. Raies J. Volta #16 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1995 WRC Swedish Rally J. Kruse A. Dawidsson #47 [UNKNOWN] SS99 ?
Ret. 1995 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo S. Jordan J. Boyère #22 [UNKNOWN] SS99 withdrawn
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye San Remo R. Travaglia A. Mari #27 [UNKNOWN] SS4 engine
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille J. Andrié #10 [UNKNOWN] SS0 electrics
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse P. Bugalski T. Renaud #20 [UNKNOWN] SS8 transmission
Ret. 1994 WRC Tour de Corse C. Balesi J. Cirindini #35 [UNKNOWN] SS21 transmission
Ret. 1994 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille J. Andrié #11 [UNKNOWN] SS15 crash
Ret. 1992 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo P. Magaud G. Brun #23 [UNKNOWN] SS9 engine
Ret. 1991 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti G. Thimonier #10 [UNKNOWN] SS15 transmission