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Renaultsport Launches Two New Twingo Rally Cars

Renaultsport, the motorsport division of the French carmaker, is introducing two new entry-level rally cars, namely the Twingo Renaultsport R2 and Twingo Renaultsport R1, joining the company’s lineup alongside the Clio Renaultsport R3 Access and Maxi.

Like the Twingo Renaultsport 133 road car, the R2 is powered by a 1.6-liter 16V engine, able to develop 160 horsepower (118kW) at 7,250 rpm (an extra 27 hp compared to the production engine) and up to 160 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine is mated to a five-speed sequential gearbox with dog clutch, and wheel-mounted shifter.

The Twingo Renaultsport R2 kit will be available for 27,990 euros, excluding tax, beginning in April. This is in addition to the 10,990 euros price of the stock car (really, we're not joking...).

Twingo Renaultsport R2's structure has been reinforced and strengthened to increase passive and active safety levels. The original body shell has been reinforced and now comes with a welded-in roll cage which complies with the Group R regulations and approved by the FIA after a crash test.

Safety equipment include Sabelt seats and six-point safety harness compatible with the HANS restraint system. As an option, it is possible to select the seats with head restraint as used on Clio Renaultsport R3.

However, the smaller R1 is also qualified for all "regional, national and international rallies at a greatly reduced cost," according to a press release, and though its price has not been disclosed yet, it is expected to be considerably cheaper than the R2.

It shares the same engine and transmission with the production model. Moreover, it is fitted with the same welded roll cage as the R2, but it also has two additional protective tubes and is bolted to the body shell to easy assembly.
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