Renault Sport R.S. 01

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Renault Sport R.S. 01
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CategoryGroup GT3 (originally in one-make racing)
ConstructorRenault Sport
Designer(s)Akio Shimizu (under management from Laurens van den Acker and Éric Diemert)
Technical specifications
ChassisCarbon-fiber monocoque by Dallara, steel roll cage, and crashboxes based on 2014's FIA LMP1 regulations
Suspension (front)Double unequal-length wishbones, pushrods, and Öhlins two-way adjustable dampers
Suspension (rear)Double unequal-length wishbones, pushrods, and Öhlins two-way adjustable dampers
Length4,710 mm (185 in)
Width2,000 mm (79 in)
Height1,116 mm (44 in)
Wheelbase2,744 mm (108 in)
EngineNismo-tuned VR38DETT 3.8 L (3,800 cc) twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 on a mid-mounted longitudinal central configuration
TransmissionSadev 7-speed sequential transmission with limited-slip differential
Weight1,145 kg (2,524 lb) (RST)
1,270 kg (2,800 lb) (GT3)
30/68 R18 front
31/71 R18 rear
Competition history
Notable entrantsItaly Oregon Team
Spain Team Marc VDS EG 0,0
Netherlands V8 Racing
Notable driversFrance Andrea Pizzitola
Italy Dario Capitanio
France David Fumanelli
Germany Fabian Schiller
France Franck Thybaud
Netherlands Luc Braams
Finland Markus Palttala
Netherlands Max Braams
Italy Max Mugelli
Portugal Miguel Ramos
Netherlands Nicky Pastorelli
France Patrick Sarrailh
Netherlands Pieter Schothorst
France Sebastien Chardonnet
DebutCircuit de Spa-Francorchamps
7 GT3 wins / 18 RST wins

The Renault Sport R.S. 01 is a sports racing car manufactured by Renault Sport, performance division of Renault. The car's platform is based on the Renault DeZir. The R.S. 01 was originally used to compete in Renault Sport Trophy, Renault's one-make racing series, but was expanded to GT3. The R.S. 01 is the most powerful one-make racer built by Renault, and is the only one that is not based on a production car.

The build process of the car is at least five months.[1]

The vehicle was unveiled at the 2014 Moscow International Automobile Salon.[2]

Design and specifications[edit]

Akio Shimizu, Japanese automobile designer of Renault in Guyancourt, France, designed the car, under the management of Laurens van den Acker and Éric Diemert, the design manager and design director, respectively.

The design of the R.S. 01 is similar to that of a GT supercar with a design that is low-slung and aerodynamic (for a GT-spec race car).[3] The design of the R.S. 01 also has imbalanced overhangs due to the vehicle's architecture and weight distribution and the design is similar to the Renault DeZir, a concept car from 2010.

According to Éric Diemert, the car was intended to have a design reach beyond the regular process, in a way to make it a more unique and iconic model among Renault models, and that the process of the R.S. 01 is "similar to designing a concept car".[1]

The R.S. 01 has a 3.8-liter VR38DETT twin-turbocharged 24-valve V6 engine sourced from the Nissan GT-R. The engine has been slightly modified to allow for a mid-engined configuration. This configuration is also longitudinal central. The engine has a redline of 6800 rpm, and has been tuned to 550 hp (410 kW; 558 PS) and 443 lb⋅ft (601 N⋅m). This power runs through a 7-speed sequential transmission manufactured by Sadev, with long-lasting, anti-stall functioning clutch plates from ZF. The differential is a limited slip variety. Electronic management is from Pectel, with their SQ6M system with traction control. Data acquisition comes from Cosworth's ICD Pro system. The vehicle's top speed is over 186 mph (300 km/h).

The chassis is a carbon fiber monocoque with a steel roll cage, all by Dallara. There are also crashboxes which are based on the FIA LMP1 regulations from 2014. All of the bodywork is made of composite.

The brake discs are from company Performance Friction, and measure 380 mm (15 in) that are made of carbon fiber, and are paired with 6-piston calipers. The ABS system is made by Bosch. The rims are manufactured by Braid, and are wrapped by Michelin tires, specific tires that were constructed for the R.S. 01. It has 30/68 R18 at the front, and 31/71 R18 at the rear. The suspension, both front and rear, are double wishbone pushrods, with two-way adjustable dampers from Öhlins.[1]

In media[edit]

The R.S. 01 has been featured in various auto shows, the first one being the 2014 Moscow International Automobile Salon.

The one-make version of the R.S. 01 has also been featured in several video games, both console and mobile including Real Racing 3, Asphalt 8: Airborne, Project CARS, Driveclub and Need For Speed: No Limits (starting version 3.5.1 at IOS at the end of April ‘19). The GT3 version has been featured in Gran Turismo Sport and Project CARS 2.[4]

R.S. 01 Interceptor Concept[edit]

In early 2016, Renault created a police interceptor version of the R.S. 01 with a full police livery, neon green striping, and the regular police strobe lights.[5] In the same month, Renault released a video with the R.S. 01 in action with WRC racing veteran Jean Ragnotti behind the wheel, chasing a speeding motorbike through a highway.[6]

Motorsport history[edit]

Renault Sport R.S. 01 (one-make version) at the 2014 Paris Motor Show.

Renault Sport Trophy[edit]

The R.S.01’s main area of competition was in Renault's own Renault Sport Trophy until the series had permanently shut down in 2016 after two seasons due to low interest from teams and viewers alike.[7] Both seasons saw two classes in the short-lived series; "Elite" (renamed to "Pro" in 2016) and "Prestige" (renamed to "Am" in 2016).

Group GT3[edit]

In 2015, Renault decided to expand the R.S. 01 to Group GT3 racing.[8]

Due to the shift, Renault detuned the car and added weight. The engine's power was decreased to 500 hp (373 kW; 507 PS), but with the torque remaining the same. The car got a 125 kg (276 lb) increase in weight from its heavier chassis and new ballast. The original carbon-ceramic brakes have been swapped out with steel rotor varieties. The ride height was also raised, and the aerodynamics have been changed to comply with GT3 regulations.

Testing for homologation began in the same year, in the Circuit Paul Ricard track. The promoter of the GT Tour racing organization and founder and team principal of the Oreca racing team, Hugues de Chaunac, agreed to homologate the car after testing. This homologation comes from the SRO motorsport organization.

The R.S. 01 GT3 would officially debut in Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

The R.S. 01 GT3 entered the International GT Open participating in the 2016 season. Dutch racing team V8 Racing ran two cars in two classifications, Pro-Am (car #14) and Am (car #15). The team would make several wins throughout the season, their best result (for the team and for the R.S.01 so far) finishing first in both the Pro-Am and Am classifications at the 2016 24 Hours of Spa in May. The Am car would gain two more wins winning in Circuit Paul Ricard twice, and they would earn four more podiums afterwards at Silverstone and Red Bull Ring. V8 Racing would finish the season at ninth in Pro-Am and second in Am.

The expansion continued in 2016 with the 24H Series, with V8 Racing (car #333) and Duqueine Engineering (car #38) each entering a car in A6-Pro, and Equipe Verschuur (car #23) and Boutsen-Ginion Racing (car #8) each entering a car at A6-Am. The Dubai Autodrome race saw Boutsen-Ginion Racing finish sixth in class.[9] The Mugello race would see V8 Racing win the A6-Pro class, which was also their first major win, whlist Equipe Verschuur and Boutsen-Ginion Racing would finish second and third in A6-Am.[10] Duqueine Engineering finished eleventh in Barcelona-Catalunya.[11]

All four teams would leave the series in 2016, but the R.S. 01 was used again by Emirian racing team GP Extreme entering in both A6-Pro and A6-Am classifications. GP Extreme would finish fourth in A6-Pro and thirteenth in A6-Am in the 2017 season.[12][13][14][15] GP Extreme would leave the A6-Pro class in 2018, making A6-Am the primary classification for the team, and throughout the season, they would finish third in class with car #27, but car #28 would not be classified, as it retired in the first race, the only race it participated in.

The V de V Endurance Series would see a new team enter the GTV1 classification with the R.S. 01 GT3, as Eric van de Vyver would join forces with AB Sport Auto to race during the 2017 season. They would gain two podiums and three points finishes after that, and would finish third in class.[16][17][18][19][20] AB Sport Auto raced again in 2018 with the R.S. 01 GT3, but without Eric van de Vyver. They raced only in Catalunya, but managed to win. Another racing team known as DEMJ also participated in the same race under prototype racing classification PFV-2, with French driver Patrick Sarrailh and Italian driver Max Mugelli, and also managed to win.[21]

24 Hours of Nürburgring[edit]

Year Team Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
2017 Germany GTronix 360° Team mcchip-dkr Germany Dieter Schmidtmann
Germany Heiko Hammel
Germany Dominik Schwager
SP-X 88 Ret Ret
2018 Germany GTronix 360° Team mcchip-dkr Germany Dieter Schmidtmann
Germany Heiko Hammel
Canada Kuno Wittmer
SP-X 127 23rd 2nd


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