Friday, January 8, 2010
Final Renault Clio RS 197 F1 Team R27 Rolls off Production Line
The 500th and final Renault Clio RenaultSport 197 F1 Team R27 (we’re not joking; that’s its full name…) rolled of the production line at the Renaultsport factory at Dieppe in Northern France. The limited-edition Clio RS was launched in April and featured the new Cup chassis setting with a lowered ride height and stiffer springs and dampers. Just 500 were produced for the UK market
The last model was produced in a one-off colour of Glacier White and it will be given to a member of the Community section of Renaultsport.co.uk site, James Brookes. According to Renault, Brookes is a keen owner of a Clio Renaultsport 172 Cup and wanted a 197 F1 Team R27. His family were all passionate Renaultsport enthusiasts; his brother Will with a Clio and his father Steve working at the Renault Dealership Wests of Bedford. Tragically Will passed away in an accident in September and David Lee, a friend of the family, approached Renault through the Community section to see if a one-off car could be produced for James in memory of his brother. Renaultsport was pleased to help and the very last R27 was built in the one-off colour.
The Clio for James is being delivered this month though Wests of Bedford. James said, “I am overwhelmed by all the support that has been given to make this happen and would like to say special thanks to all at Renault. In particular, I’d like to say thank you to my friend David Lee who put the idea to Renault in the first place. This is a very special car, built in memory of a very special person and it will be enjoyed as he would have wished.”