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Although it doesn’t benefit from the same recognition surrounding the Ferrari brand, Renault is a big name in the world of motorsports. The French have been involved in top-tier racing for decades and, more recently, their World Series championships have helped numerous talented youngsters grow into professional racers. For 2015, Renault and its Sport Technologies arm are readying yet another racing division, one that comes with its own, exclusive race car.

Make no mistake though, this new racer that’s set to break cover at the Moscow International Auto Show in August is not another beefed-up Megane RS . The French are actually taking it up a notch with a vehicle that promises to be faster than the entire bunch of race-ready Megane RS and Clio RS hatches. Making things even more interesting is the fact that Renault says the race car will feature a "uniquely stunning design" — the statement is backed by a teaser showcasing a sleek, coupe-like shape with a fixed wing on the rear.

The full details won’t be out until August 27th, 2014, but the limited amount of info Renault has shared so far talks about at least 500 horsepower, lightness and brings together names like Nismo and Dallara. That’s exciting news in my book.

Updated 07/30/2014: Renault unveiled the official name of its new sports car and a new teaser image for the Renaultsport R.S. 01, which will be unveiled on August 27th, 2014.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Sport Trophy.

Renault has just regained its Nurburgring record as the fastest production car with front-wheel-drive. As promised earlier this year , the French automaker stormed the German track and lapped the Nordschleife in less than eight minutes with a brand-new iteration of the Renault Megane RS .

The new benchmark was established only a couple of months after Spanish manufacturer Seat put the Leon Cupra atop the front-wheel-drive record list. The hatchback lapped the German course in 7:58.4, stealing a record that has been with Renault for about three years. Renault’s previous accomplishment was achieved with the Megane RS 265 Trophy, a sportier, 265-horsepower version of its Euro-spec C-segment vehicle.

Now, the French reclaimed their Nurburgring crown by using an updated version of the Megane: the RS 275 Trophy-R. Make no mistake though, it’s not the same hot hatch we met last month. The vehicles might be similar in appearance and sport the same engine under the hood, but that extra "R" added to the moniker means the record car is even lighter than the exclusive, limited-run hatch.

What sets the two apart, you may ask? Stick around and you’ll find out.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault’s record at Nurburgring.

The Renault -Caterham joint venture has officially been dissolved. It was a nice plan at first, but like a lot of nice plans, this one sputtered and died before anything great could come from it. The two sides decided on an amicable split two years after joining forces on what was initially planned as the rebirth of the Alpine brand. The companies were so dedicated at one point, they went so far as to co-found Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham with the intention of launching a pair of similarly styled sports cars by 2016.

But somewhere along the way, the relationship between the two companies disintegrated. It even came to a point where disagreements on the development of the sports cars caused significant delays. So instead of soldiering on and squashing the tensions between the two sides, both companies chose to drop the project entirely and go their separate ways.

Renault has since acquired full ownership of Société des Automobiles Alpine Caterham and dropped "Caterham" from the official company name. Both companies are moving forward in building new sports cars but will do so independently.

A lot of people, including us, are understandably disappointed that the Renault-Caterham marriage didn’t work. It really had so much promise at the beginning. The thought of a shared sports car that incorporated the Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept had a lot of people in the industry at attention, wondering what these companies could create together.

Surprisingly, there are no hard feelings, as the two brands still plan to work together through "other forms of cooperation," but it doesn’t sound as exciting as building a sports car together.

Oh, well. So much for that.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault-Caterham’s joint venture.

About a month ago French automaker Renault revealed plans to break the eight-minute mark around the Nurburgring track with a front-wheel-drive vehicle prepped by its performance arm, Renault Sport.

Our first thought went toward a beefed-up version of the Megane as soon as we saw the first teaser shot released by Renault . Now that the vehicle has been finally unveiled, we got confirmation that the French have been working on a new iteration of the RS Trophy .

Developed specifically to regain its Nurburgring record from the Seat Leon SC Cupra 280 , which lapped the iconic track in 7:58.4 minutes, the Megane RS 275 Trophy will be sold as a limited-edition hatchback with exclusive features and a slightly more powerful engine.

Renault has yet to announce whether the new Megane Trophy managed to restore its rule on the "Green Hell" and it appears we’ll have to wait for an official statement on June 16. Until then, let’s have a closer look at the hot hatch we won’t be seeing in the United States, where Renault isn’t likely to return too soon.

Click past the jump to read more about the Renault Megane RS 275 Trophy.

The Renault Captur is slowly making its way up the ranks of desirable entry-level crossovers. It’s an impressive ascent given how relatively new the Captur is. However, if you needed more proof that this crossover is the real thing, perhaps its collaboration with outdoor sport and leisure clothing brand Helly Hansen will seal the deal.

Together, Renault and Helly Hansen have announced a limited-edition Helly Hansen version of the Captur, blending the rugged appeal of this crossover with outdoor spirit Helly Hansen has come to be known for.

Adding to the list of "firsts" for the Captur, the Helly Hansen model is also the first Captur to receive Extended Grip, a system developed by Renault to optimize the crossover’s traction performance, especially when the vehicle travels on less than ideal road surfaces.

The inclusion of Helly Hansen in this collaboration makes perfect sense for the Captur as it seeks to stamp its presence in the urban crossover market in Europe . Being associated with an esteemed brand that has been around since 1877 goes a long way in developing that much-needed credibility, especially in a segment that has no shortage of competing models.

Interested buyers of the Helly Hansen Captur will also be thrilled to know that any of the engines available in the Captur catalog can be specified for this limited edition model. So if you’re eyeing this baby, look for it when it hits dealerships in a lot of European markets next month. Unfortunately, those in France, Belgium, Spain, and the Netherlands will have to wait. Renault won’t be delivering the crossover until September.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Renault Captur Helly Hansen.

Lapping the Nurburging in under seven minutes has become a regular occurence among the most powerful supercars in the world. But unbeknownst to most people is another battle among front-wheel-drive production vehicles to break the eight-minute mark around the ’Ring. Renault is one of those companies that’s vying for that record and it’s prepared to break that mark with a new campaign to finally lap the Nurburgring in under eight minutes.

The company’s performance arm, Renault Sport, is preparing a car that has one purpose in life: setting a sub-8-minute lap and reclaim the record set by the Mégane Trophy in 2011 when it clocked a time of 8:07.9.

That time has since been broken by the Seat Leon Cupra 280 last month when it clocked a time of 7:58.4, making it the first front-wheel-drive production car to clock a lap time of under eight minutes. But Renault isn’t prepared to concede the record just yet, so the company has a new campaign with the social media hashtag #Under8 to reclaim the record.

What’s become very clear is that Renault is leaving no stones unturned in this new pursuit, enlisting the help of companies like Michelin, Akrapovic, Öhlins, and BRM to help it break the Leon Cupra 280’s record. The company has made no announcement on the car it will use for this record-breaking attempt, but all signs seem to point to a new and improved iteration of the Megane .

Renault Sport has set a timetable for a June attempt at breaking under eight minutes and if there’s one thing we’ve come to know about automakers and their bragging rights, the company will treat this attempt with the seriousness it deserves.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault’s previous Megane RS 265 Trophy Record.

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Well, that was quick, wasn’t it? The joint development deal that was supposed to net two sports cars bearing the same underpinnings under the Renault and Caterham names is apparently over. We reported earlier that there was a riff between the two companies, and according to multiple sources, the two have decided to nix the joint-development deal altogether.

According to these reports, both the Caterham and Renault cars are still on schedule for a 2016 release, but there is no information on whether they will continue to share the same architecture. Earlier reports claimed that Caterham approved a design from Renault, but the French company later tried to stuff the toothpaste back in the tube after customers didn’t respond well to the initial design. The Caterham bosses didn’t take too kindly to this, but they were assured that the project would remain Renault’s No. 1 priority.

Well, with the 50-50 venture now completely off track Caterham is free to continue with its designing process completely free from Renault’s nervous trigger finger.

I have a sneaking suspicion that Renault will eventually pull the plug on its project altogether citing demand issues, and Caterham will modify the car to better match its current design language. This would be a sad ending to a promising campaign, but it seems like Renault lost interest at some point and Caterham really has no need for a sports car like this in its lineup.

Stay tuned to TopSpeed.com for more on this topic.

Click past the jump to read more about Renault - Caterham joint sports car.

Source: AutoCar
Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

After months of speculation, the design of Renault’s Alpine sports car is finally ready and we’re getting a clearer picture that the car is on schedule for a 2016 release.

Not a lot of details have been announced regarding this new lightweight sports car , but Renault’s senior vice president of corporate design Laurens van den Acker did leak a little info when he told Motoring at the Geneva Motor Show that the design of the Alpine sports car is "as good as finished".

That’s the strongest indication we’ve had that the sports car is nearing production, and since it came from a man who actually had a hand in the design of the car, then you can bet that we’re taking that to the bank.

van den Acker did stop short of spilling all the beans about the Alpine sports car, which is pretty understandable considering the lengths by which Renault has tried to keep the car under wraps for this long. Besides, 2016 is still two years away and a lot of things can happen, but make no mistake, there’s a sense of excitement coming out of the Renault camp on the current status of the Alpine sports car.

If it ends up being all that and then some, then you can be sure that the Alpine sports car will immediately make waves in the market. In fact, it’s still two years before it’s expected launch and the market is already abuzz, so imagine all the hype once we get closer to 2016.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2012 Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept.

Source: Motoring

A car that drives itself. That’s the dream, right?

For the longest time, though, it has remained as such: a dream. But a lot of automakers are beginning to tinker with the idea of an autonomous driving vehicle, and one that has been at the forefront of that is Renault .

The French automaker’s Next Two Autonomous Prototype is the culmination of years of testing and development. We probably shouldn’t even say culmination because the project is still a long ways away from being completed, but we all know where this is going.

Renault is developing a vehicle that could drive itself, similar to what we saw from the Jetsons back in the day. It still doesn’t fly — one technology at a time! — but having a car that drives itself while everyone on board gets to check their social media accounts?

That’s a pretty good start, right?

Click past the jump to read more about Renault Next Two Prototype

Source: Renault Blog

We’re quite aware that the Geneva Motor Show is going to be a busy time in the industry. With so many debuts that are scheduled during the show, it’s easy to see a lot of models get lost in the shuffle.

That’s the nature of an event like Geneva, but one car we know is going to get its well-deserved shine is the Renault Clio RS Monaco GP.

The special edition model is going to make its debut in Geneva and while we do admire the look of the Clio RS’ standard guise, we’re a little disappointed that the Clio RS Monaco GP didn’t carry a little more modifications to it.

From what this single photo of the Clio RS Monaco GP is showing us, the car is sporting an exclusive White Frost Pearl exterior paint finish with some nice glossy touches on the front grille, mirror casings, window surrounds and the lower section of the front bumper. Those are some pretty slick details and further highlighted by a new set of 18-inch five-spoke alloys.

No interior photos have been released, but word has it that the Clip RS Monaco GP will be sporting a white dashboard and door panels to go with Renault’s RS Monitor that lets drivers record lap times and carry other performance data.

Power comes by way of a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 200 horsepower and 177 pound-feet of torque. Taken into consideration the Clip RS Monaco GP can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds to go with a top speed of 143 mph.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Renault Clio RS


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