Renault has announced the introduction of the fourth-generation Renault Clio Cup racer. The new car will first compete in the 2013 Clio EuroCup, with British racers sticking with the third-generation Clio for one more season. Our domestic Clio Cup series will see the new car introduced for the 2014 season.

Testing began in August, Renaultsport having so far covered 3500km at a variety of French circuits. Renault claims the car produces 220hp and 199lb-ft of torque and laps most circuits one second quicker than its predecessor.

Like its road-going counterpart, the Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo, the new Cup uses a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, in place of the earlier 2.0-litre naturally aspirated unit. The gearbox remains a six-speed sequential but with shift paddles now available as an option.

Other additions include a new design of rear spoiler – producing 40kg of downforce at 125mph – and a roof scoop, alongside 17in Speedline Corse alloys and 320mm AP racing brakes. One-way adjustable dampers, a full roll cage and race seat also feature.

Over 700 third-generation Clio Cup cars were sold, forming a sizeable percentage of Renaultsport’s output, and it is expected most teams will choose to upgrade to the new model. The new Clio Cup is set to cost 37,800 euros plus VAT, with deliveries to the UK commencing in September 2013.

Josh Woodcock