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Renault unveils new R.S. 01 race car

French car manufacturer Renault has pulled the covers off its latest spec racer, the R.S. 01 at the Moscow motor show.

The coupe features a 493-bhp twin-turbocharged V6 motor, and is set to race in a new Renault Sport Trophy.

Renault R.S. 01
Renault R.S. 01 (Photo: Renault)

The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 unit is derived from the version used in the Nissan GT-R. Supplied by NISMO, the engine benefits from a dry sump lubrication system to cope with the rigours of racing on a race track.

The engine is mid-mounted, and bolted to a Sadev 7-speed sequential transmission with steering wheel paddles.

Performance is said to be somewhere between a GT3 and DTM car.

Renault R.S. 01
Renault R.S. 01 (Photo: Renault)

Built to conform to the strict 2014 LMP1 safety standards, the R.S 01 is built around a full carbon fibre monocoque, produced by Dallara.

With a steel roll cage, and all of the crash structures and safety features in place, the car weighs in at 1100kg.

Renault R.S. 01
Renault R.S. 01 (Photo: Renault)

The braking system consists of 280mm carbon discs, with six-pot brake callipers and a Bosch ABS system. Double wishbone and pushrod suspension, with Ohlins racing dampers, ensures total control and adjustability.

Cars in the series will be required to run on a set of specially produced Michelin 18-inch racing tires.

With the first season kicking off in 2015, up to 20 Pro-Am teams will be able to enter the series, with racing taking place at World Series by Renault at various European circuits.

Renault R.S. 01
Renault R.S. 01 (Photo: Renault)