the clio goes furios!
The Renault Clio Williams was designed for rally racing (groups A and N). It was unveiled before the press in Corsica, as the stunning French island is home to well-known rally. However, it was also a big hit among amateur drivers and ultimately 12,000 Renault Clio Williams were sold, far exceeding the 2,500 required to obtain rally homologation.
F1 IN THE
F1 IN THE
In 1993, after launching Renault Clio 16s (a high performer), Renault expanded its sports range with the iconic Renault Clio Williams. It was the work of Renault Sport and the Williams team, winners of the Formula 1 world championship (constructor’s title) the previous year. With a 2L engine and 150 hp, Renault Clio Williams was the benchmark among sporty hatchbacks in the 1990s.
“Sporty” is probably the only word to describe the sounds of Renault Clio Williams. All that’s missing is the cheers of the crowd to take you back to the Corsican Rally (or you could perhaps add the cicadas, but their song would no doubt be drowned out by the sweet sound of the 150 HP engine!).
Renault Clio I was unveiled in 1990 and right from its launch, it became a benchmark among city cars. Renault used the Clio base to build Renault Clio Williams and keep up with the 1990s trend for sporty hatchbacks, reiterating the success of Renault Supercinq GT Turbo.
When you think of Renault Clio Williams, you no doubt think of a blue car. The sporty version of Renault Clio came in a single metallic blue shade with exclusive gold-coloured wheel rims (hey, this was the 1990s!). Another detail: the first 3,800 cars made were numbered! From its first year of production, 5,500 customers were won over by this colour combination and (more importantly) the performance demonstrated by Renault Clio Williams.
With its transverse front engine packing 150 hp, Renault Clio Williams made a huge impression in rally racing, with drivers such as Jean Ragnotti, Philippe Bugalski and Alain Oreille. And its motor racing history is not yet over as a number of amateurs and professionals continue to field Renault Clio Williams (now a collector car) in races around the world.
From 1993 to 1995
- Performance and engine
4 cylinders inline
- dimensionsLength 3,71 mWidth 1,64 mHeight 1,37 m
two-box body with tailgate
front transverse engine
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TO THE WILLIAMS
TO THE WILLIAMS
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With its first numbered models and its iconic colours, Renault Clio Williams is still very popular and is now enjoying success as a “youngtimer” (and will soon be a fully-fledged classic car!), much sought after by enthusiasts and collectors.