GT-R-Powered Renault R.S. 01: From The Drawing Board To The Race Track

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While Renault’s presence in Formula One continues to fade (it’s now just an engine supplier to a handful of teams), the French automaker through its Renaultsport performance arm remains active in other forms of motorsport. Recently, it announced the formation of a new one-make series called the Renaultsport Trophy, which forms part of the ever-expanding World Series by Renault.

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But rather than turn one of Renault’s existing road cars into a racer for the new series, Renaultsport set about developing an entirely new race car: the R.S. 01. In the video above, we see how the design team went about transforming the R.S. 01 from just a sketch into a fully-fledged race car complete with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis and a mid-mounted engine, in this case the twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter V-6 of the Nissan GT-R.

The Renaultsport Trophy that the R.S. 01 will compete in has its inaugural season in 2015. It’s aimed at up-and-coming drivers and serves as a feeder series for higher-spec GT competition such as the GTE category of the World Endurance Championship as well as Germany’s DTM and Japan’s Super GT.

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The inaugural season will be open to 20 teams and the calendar will coincide with that of the World Series by Renault. Track time is currently estimated at more than four hours per car and per driver, over a three-day weekend.

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