Evo Drives The Renaultsport R.S. 01: Video
Renault may be more associated with mainstream cars and the occasional hot hatchback, but those who really know Renault are aware that there’s more to the French automaker than meets the eye. For one, its ties to the world of motorsports racing run deep. Some people might even say that Renault is a pillar in the racing scene as it has been involved - and succeeded - in top-tier racing for decades. Just as important is the well-known belief that Renault has one of the best breeding grounds for up-and-coming racers in the entire sport. All these things make the company a titan in the field, and with creations like the 2015 Renaultsport R.S. 01 race car, it’s place in the racing world isn’t going to be forgotten anytime soon.
The R.S. 01 can be best described as a proper race car. EVO seems to agree with that assertion, which is why it dedicated its latest YouTube video solely on the high-tech racer. There are a lot of things that can be taken out of the channel’s review of the car, including the unfiltered reactions of driving the car around the race track. Those are all important items that I’m not going to spoil for anybody who plans to watch the video.
What’s important is what the R.S. 01 has meant to Renault, both as a manufacturer and as a motorsports team. Sure, the company is involved in a lot of racing disciplines, including Formula One. But for my money, the launch of the R.S. 01 back in 2014 was really the first time in a long time that people saw what the company was capable of when the challenge of building a race car was presented to it.
The results certainly speak for itself. In addition to its concept-car looks, the R.S 01 is also teaming with state of the art technology, highlighted by a carbon fiber tub that helps the car weigh just 2,425 pounds. Combine that with a NISMO-prepped, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine - the same twin-turbo engine that can be found under the hood of the Nissan GT-R - that produces more than 500 horsepower and over 443 pound-feet of torque, and you have a race car that checks off every requirement one might have for the perfect racer.