French automaker Renault has just expanded its racing program for 2015 with yet another racing division. The new series comes with its own, exclusive race car, which, unlike other Renault Sport Technologies machines, is not linked in any way to either the Clio or the Megane. The French have developed the race car around a brand-new concept, sporting a design that’s worthy of any modern supercar. The vehicle in question is the Renaultsport R.S. 01, and it tackles race tracks with a Nismo-built, 3.8-liter, V-6 powerplant.

Revealed at the 2014 Moscow Auto Show, the race car looked simply stunning in pictures and I honestly thought its track debut couldn’t come soon enough. We’re still months away from the new series’ debut, but the R.S. 01 has already hit the track, as Renault is looking to achieve perfection before shipping it to its customers. This is great news for us racing enthusiasts, who get to see the race car in action for the very first time.

The R.S. 01 was spotted doing some high-speed laps at the Monza circuit in Italy. Finished in matte-black, the rig looks downright sinister, a feeling that’s enhanced by its high-revving six-banger. The engine may be similar to the one powering the Nissan GT-R, but the Japanese supercar sounds like a bedtime lullaby compared to the R.S. 01.

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