Have you ever been to a track day without some kind of Renault Sport also being there? Probably not. Meganes, Twingos and Clios just lend themselves to circuit driving so well: fast, nimble, adjustable, way more durable than people think and with a surfeit of aftermarket parts available to improve them as required. They're wicked fun - see our Ben's Clio and Megane projects for proof.
Anyway, after what must be at least 15 years of people modifying their fast French hatches for track days, Renault Sport has decided to launch a range of official goodies. Thus far it's only for Clios (more models are said to be coming), and doesn't involve, say, a 2.0-litre engine and manual gearbox conversion - sorry, impossible to resist - but the chassis and cosmetic parts do sound pretty cool.
Renault describes the new range as, "filling the gap between the sport and competition series, this is a product offering that fulfils the expectations of enthusiasts looking for an extra soupçon of style, performance, and even high performance. It's the essence of track days captured to perfection!" To that end buyers will be able to select kit like carbon backed seats, "high performance brake and suspension systems", strut braces, exhausts, intercoolers and more.
As for the style options, they include a set of Speedline Turinis (which have looked fantastic on Clios since the 172 Cup of 2002; see Sam's 182 for proof of that), a bodykit inspired by the RS16 and a carbon bonnet. Anyone else think the yellow one looks absolutely superb?
There's more, too, for the truly dedicated. Along with equipment for the car, Renault Sport has also now launched a branded tool trolley, tilting lift, torque wrench, spray gun and toolset. Imagine how cool you'll look at an R.S. track day with those.
Renault says the parts are on sale now through its dealer network and the Renault Sport site; while there doesn't seem to be anything running for the UK side of things yet, the French page has the bodykit at €2,000 (plus €1,200 for the rear spoiler), suspension upgrades from €1,000 and the carbon bonnet at €1,800. Certainly not cheap, then, but manufacturer-backed track day parts were never going to be. And, well, with the cheapest EDC Clio 200s now at £8.5k and out of warranty, there's been no better time since launch to get tinkering...