First races for New CLIO Cup car

28 September 2020

  • First races for New CLIO Cup car

The first races for Renault Sport Racing’s New CLIO Cup race car have taken place in France.

Large grids of over 20 cars took part in Clio Cup France’s opening two events of 2020, at the Nogaro and Magny-Cours circuits.


New CLIO Cup is the latest generation of Clio race car to be used in a single model championship from Renault Sport Racing.


It follows on from the original Clio 1.8 16v used in the early-mid Nineties and then the 172, 182, 197 and 220 models that have followed since 2000.


The latest generation car had been scheduled to get it's maiden outing in an all-new Clio Cup championship in the UK – however its postponement until 2021 ultimately meant Clio Cup France was to stage it's first races.

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Priced just 37,900 Euros (+vat), New CLIO Cup offers a much more cost-effective way to go racing. As in France, the UK championship when it arrives in 2021 will seek to attract a more diverse grid of drivers in terms of age and experience.


The car is a simpler machine than its predecessor, moving back to a five-speed ‘push-pull’ sequential gearshift. Powered by Renault Sport’s 1.3 TCe engine, it produces 180bhp and revs to 6,500rpm. Torque is put at 300Nm.


Enquiries about cars for Clio Cup UK in 2021 can be made via R.Sport:
Email: or Tel: 07733 330421.


Meanwhile, after the Nogaro and Magny-Cours races, the leader of Clio Cup France’s championship is Nicolas Milan. He won both opening rounds at Nogaro but was then upstaged twice at Magny-Cours by Corantin Tierce who is third in the standings. Between them in second is David Pouget.


Watch full-length replays of Clio Cup France in action at Nogaro and Magny-Cours.

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