ClioSport.net

Register a free account today to become a member!
Once signed in, you'll be able to participate on this site by adding your own topics and posts, as well as connect with other members through your own private inbox!

Clio 182 Track Car & Daily Projects



Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
In 2017 I plunged into the world of Renault and purchased a couple of Clio 182’s. One for trackdays (eventually racing) and the other for a daily.

I’ll log the progress so far and at the same time keep a historical record along with images of the cars starting with my Clio 182 Road car.

058659efcb421a9447e60cf5dbfeba50.jpg


Found this Black Gold 182 with 2 Cup packs locally. Didn’t have a clue what to look for so gave it a quick run up the road and was reminded what a 13 year old car was like. Still it was cheap so took a punt.

Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 
Last edited:

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
After getting the car home I gave it a quick look over. It was a bit crusty everywhere but the plan was to breathe some new life into it.

Bonnet was scabby, passenger door creased and dented beyond economical repair - funny I never noticed this when I was looking around it every panel bar the tailgate and drivers door had a story to tell.

Brakes, suspension, hubs, exhaust hangers etc had all seen better days. Maybe not so much of a bargain after all.
4320f502ab6e9c0c4250b6eb3ee609ad.jpg
5c9a3f40d08507a171458bddf7702b2c.jpg
6e4f73954f0c7b1bee633ad538a9d651.jpg
a7d6b57e419d5bd3f16e22946f45b2f4.jpg
6148e1e26df5ca8010c54afb71894283.jpg
e7642ba775d7060d0ea5f5b423d375d7.jpg
a8160055fa37ca6916fc9dbd1fee05de.jpg


Still, I love a challenge so time to crack on.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
As I wanted to drive the car at the weekends to get to know it, I’d been advised to check cambelt history. The car was on 109,000 and the previous owner hadn’t changed it, but had a receipt from about 5 years previous indicating it had been changed. Time to get the belts done.

I called on my local specialist Kris Dark at Ren-Sport garages to do the belts. I’d already enquired about a kit, so he offered to do the labour if I supplied him the parts.

The kit comprised of genuine belt, dephaser, auxiliary belts, end caps, auxiliary tensioner and water pump.

The whole job cost me £450 which seemed good value from what other people were paying. in it went, job done.

adc7dd6a0286920ec20e001f837e5e4e.jpg
eca66b07023ac8001ac2d9401df51c71.jpg
ecf407e224fd962159ab8765ddee257d.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
After driving it for a couple of days I noticed a lot of movement from the engine when changing gear quickly at high revs.

Took a look underneath the car and noticed the dogbone engine mount rubber bush looked a little perished. Whilst I was there I checked the upper engine mount and that had seen better days. The gearbox mount under the battery seemed in good order.

The upper engine mounts were pretty expensive for what they were so I opted for a yellow Powerflex insert and the purple Powerflex bush for the dogbone.

Problem solved although there was now a more noticeable vibration coming through the cabin.
9e9e6214d0b672b7c5b77cbc289f5bc0.jpg
3f7df733f9933ab189a766740007a179.jpg
2a7bdffe4855ee29c963546b5980319b.jpg
1409cc87154316ebf12002d5ee717fa3.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

ZachB

ClioSport Club Member
  182
The vibration may die down a bit once the mounts have settled a bit. I had a black insert which was super loud, just took it out and have the dog bone mount with a vibra technics gearbox mount now
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
The vibration may die down a bit once the mounts have settled a bit. I had a black insert which was super loud, just took it out and have the dog bone mount with a vibra technics gearbox mount now
It wasn’t too bad just noticeable over stock. Just reference points for people who may want to upgrade.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
After driving the car for a month and costing up replacement parts, I decide I’m going to keep it as standard as possible. The original idea was to strip it and build a track car, but despite the fact it’s had more owners than lassie and a partial service history, I haven’t the heart to rip it to pieces.

Time for Plan B - look for a track project.

A few weeks later a mate of mine who races Clio’s tags me into a post from a lad who’s selling a 2005 Clio 182 in Black Gold - not another one - that’s been completely stripped for track. More noticeable is the cage which is a safety devices R022 6 point bolt in design. Perfect for what I plan to do.

e55a3d59e83b6218652c66d8f15a3835.jpg





Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
A quick discussion with the owner, small deposit and I’m now heading south on a 8 hour return journey with a friend and his trailer to check it out.

When he said it had been stripped, he’s not kidding. It’s been completely gutted. These are the images he sent me showing the cage inside. He also said it had a seat in it but all it had was a wiring loom and a steering wheel. That’s it.

It’s freezing cold, pissing it down, I’m somewhere near Wales and the owner suddenly called me to say he had to go into work but the keys are with his missus. This is going to be outstanding or a complete waste of my time.

5f65580c1afae5485f5a632997f73ea6.jpg


It did have a full service history and low mileage so at least the engine would be ok Or so I thought.

c13d0b70d54ffa21db3d36b0e8a61ca6.jpg


On arrival the car had no seats, not even a mount to put a seat on. Wiring loom all over the place and disconnected. I’m in my mid 50’s, my mates in his 60’s. We’re soaking, freezing and we’re trying to get it wired up so we can start the engine. But we’re old school......

Eventually got it started and the engines knocking its brains out. There’s a pile of parts under a bush in the corner of the garden but the cage is nice and it does have brand new polycarbonate windows.

A few calls to the owner, a renegotiation on the price and were loading the car on the trailer, filling the car up with all the old bits, some harnesses and a bucket seat and heading home.

Must add that the fella and his missus were very nice, just a bit over enthusiastic to sell it on.

What have I done!
 
Last edited:

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
So I’ve now got a road going Clio 182 which needs lots of TLC and a completely stripped out track version with a suspected knackered engine.

I’m not a welder and have little to no mechanical experience or knowledge.

But it’s a long term project and I’m a quick learner so time to plan ahead and call on a few friends.

First up is to get the cage and seat mounts welded into the track car. My good mates Cameron and his dad sorted this for me. Great people!

0b60828e529835eff96bf815979cd58a.jpg


The old seat mounting points had been removed completely so we just used some square steel tubing.

The car came with an OMP TRS seat but I didn’t like it so bought my bosses old Sparco rally seat off him.

c132ae661fe5f0105d01060fba658003.jpg


So that’s the cage, seat, harness and dashboard assembled. Now I can move it off the trailer and address that engine issue.

f63bc44d97e0701e0ad7f0422781ac09.jpg
fb8d17e85e8e26f166d1f2d0f7fa97b3.jpg
7daf57ac5355007f2b5ed11e239b0532.jpg

397eb8bf67b196bdb0647a0762483180.jpg
 
Last edited:

Twingo 1??

ClioSport Club Member
  Twingo 133 Cup,
Dash cuts look nice and neat. You need to get the inside painted as it would look so much better. It may also of been an idea to put the seat on weld in bars as it would of future proof it if you wanted to go racing or rallying.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Dash cuts look nice and neat. You need to get the inside painted as it would look so much better. It may also of been an idea to put the seat on weld in bars as it would of future proof it if you wanted to go racing or rallying.
Cheers. These are historical photos from 2017 I’m just documenting it all here. The seat mounts are fine for the type of circuit racing I’m planning to do


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
With the seat, belts and dash in the track car I need to think about getting this engine looked at. The car is sorn and not road legal so a trailer and vehicle to tow it with is needed.

Picked up this Brian James Trailer Clubman from a lad who’d towed his Clio back and forth to race meetings so seemed ideal. Then picked up a nice Kia Sorento Diesel to tow it with.

97c47d5eeade9f2e0703d46e74c4af2a.jpg
5c2413582f0557644c8e0cf7327c0626.jpg


Now I’m set up, time to get the engine checked out so it’s off to Kris Dark again and whilst it’s there get the dephaser and timing belt changed.

471f8d938e758bcf9db54d56b1e2fc7a.jpg


The timing belt and dephaser change hasn’t seemed to quieten the engine and Kris seems to think it’s the lifters sticking. So we had a look around for a spare engine with the view to changing it over if this one gives up after first Trackday.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
While I’m looking for an engine for the track car, i thought I’d tackle the awful suspension and ride on the road going 182.

With the track car now eating into my budget, I decided to try and refurbish the cup dampers but replace the Apex lowering springs.

I got a set of cup springs with the Track car which looked in pretty good condition so just cleaned up the dampers and job sorted.

1f801a6a9d5c20fec1b1ee810a1fb012.jpg
7577ba551f28cec4bb27650a3f2fdc9d.jpg


I then gave the car a proper clean and it scrubbed up well, although it needs a lot of paintwork and a fair few panels, it’s prettying solid underneath. It’s a long term project so my focus in the short term is going to be the track car.

bd5fed731b7d98185c41fba5922daed8.jpg
63947e748b47816a38cd200a544a2909.jpg
25385b52c3e66f3ffd306cb10ab77af2.jpg


The car drives so much better.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Time to strip the engine back on the track car and replace some parts.
e877a8d3ef32010d0da4e64f7885446d.jpg


Gave the engine a good flush out and replaced old hoses with MTC silicone types.

979d261df39de53f4c0919229fc2bee8.jpg


13 row Mocal oil cooler.

7c45474e9e187cee413c8f3169bd201b.jpg


Replaced the gearbox and upper engine mounts with Vibra-Technics, replaced gearbox and engine oils, plugs, plug leads and gave her a good service.

2973e517ee38175785808296624c1f9a.jpg
b7671ebc0973df5768d2fafe16452cf9.jpg
f86f130d34d033b3c5bdc47b3efd23d2.jpg
5a92f1d8b1cbcacef311df100dc56f8c.jpg
b113a86f3a27d601a55225889b57413a.jpg
c3a87f69b2bc0cf5cde744b48b1fd9f4.jpg
 
Last edited:

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
The weather took a turn for the worse and with no access to my garage I focussed my attention on brakes and suspension.

bd633af33ab9c6520d15c0eda03de549.jpg


After chatting to a few friends who race in the Trackday trophy, I decided to ditch the K-Tec Coilovers already fitted to the car and go for the Spax 750 MC controlled kit with solid top mounts.

e0b8cbdf8d25bb1f606e1f5fcb371242.jpg
d2ff9dfe19ba0e230eac41aedd6bf803.jpg
1d836c34f109d71ee245137a41c52ee5.jpg
968830241b26ac97353559af2fea2236.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Out went the old discs and pads for a set of Brembo HC discs and Carbon Lorraine CL6 Pads.

c27f4596369944d096b13a9b241b7b7c.jpg


Gave the callipers a good clean up, replaced a few parts and a lick of paint.

10e82d038bc4ec0ee28b053a759b4d67.jpg


The rear brakes looked ok so just cleaned them up and stuck some DS2500’s in for now.

fcfbb87d987d59fdcfd666c57aa83af1.jpg


I even tackled the ARB and bushes, replacing with Strongflex Yellow series. Probably the worse job to date given it was -3 and snowing.

c22d22871421f5a48456e474f29bd503.jpg
8c851378cd7ee1c5c4ac364c9ae8b7f0.jpg
17b01f4ac925a34bceaede54af47e4c6.jpg
f0dda2e5708bfc859eb7da33e0108605.jpg
db6a60f4b639d970bc3974f854317809.jpg


Finally I cleaned up the hubs, ABS rings, fitted some new wishbones with Strongflex Yellow series, new ABS sensors and braided steel lines.

449ac2b2007303c3cb16cc6d49eda5c1.jpg
613bf470e1033e9d3099f703b2a8aa2f.jpg
09484d4c131bd0b453822679f99a10b5.jpg
5f0ee9800644dfeae1e1a334510e38fa.jpg
2b8f5c9dbf58645b42bfe14c75f699a2.jpg


Fitted new suspension and reassembled brakes. Certainly tidied things up a bit. Next job is to replace the bumpers, fit new wheels and tyres and give the inside a good lick of paint.

494f49dd1c6bbdf7acac032449ac3eda.jpg
6ad97a9bcaa7acb4238efacee23fecec.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
The bumpers that were on the track car had been attacked with a hole saw. Now weight saving is one thing but I’m damned if I’m embarrassing myself turning up to a Trackday with those on.

5b5a18bbddb58e91408ab58b35de16ac.jpg
4bd9efdffad8b704424e03cc1cf2e1a4.jpg


It took a few weeks but I eventually managed to source a couple of decent bumpers. One in Black Gold, the other in Pearl Black. I couldn’t really tell the difference in colour and besides, it’s a track car at the end of the day.
02f804afc8c5f59067ccf969a3051d5d.jpg


Bought 6 Matt Black rattle cans and gave the inside a few coats.

40a7abf0b0e42ddb3776c0c457433865.jpg

59cf7d170292fb8e00e73264dc2f7cf4.jpg


Picked up a second hand dash pod for 20 quid which filled the holes in the centre of the dashboard and put a small net on the door card to hold my gloves It’s the little things that count.

5a742be321b78b75b8b512c807b98d6b.jpg
baa32d9a6a34f29f8111cf2b2b9b04bb.jpg


Just the wheels and tyres to fit and a quick clean and she’s ready for corner balancing, tracking and geo.

2d006de84827b0fe33ee0d5de717dce8.jpg
12f87171d8fb147496d3dbc1f89fca72.jpg
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
With the first track day looming it was time to get the car down to Track Torque Racing for corner balancing and geo set up. The guys were great and also gave the car a once over to make sure I hadn’t overlooked anything.

ed219adea625e6818c09d51208ec4f74.jpg


Looking forward to Cadwell now.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
First Trackday at Cadwell and time to shake off a few nuts and bolts. I’d picked up a PH1 engine just prior to Cadwell as a spare in case this one gave out. The car had been sat for 6 months when I bought it, so decided to give it a good old Italian tune and if it goes, it goes.

Car looked mint after a quick wipe down.

1334dc629610cd01b496a10f0998ba2a.jpg


Out on track I knew that the car was pretty capable after the first few laps. First session done and everything felt great.

293535b60bb6c19cbb3ce94c854580f1.jpg


Then disaster struck. It was a pretty windy morning and quite gusty as you came out of Barn. Two laps into the session with foot flat on the floor and going down the straight, it all went dark

15819d063ca5e30e6b8ef5a3a69ec461.jpg


Bonnet up, straight into screen and then getting the tow of shame as they hauled me off the track.

At first I thought I’d left the bonnet pins up after I gave the car a once over before going out, but when I checked with the TDO he said they were down when he let me out. Then I remembered I’d already done a dozen laps in the first session and never got out the car. Photographs later revealed the pins down on one lap, then another shot on the following lap showed one of the pins up. The Marshall also said he couldn’t see any issues when I passed him.

Never known bonnet pins to fail before but a few lads said they’d seen it happen with some of the cheaper brands. I must admit it was one of the few things I never checked when preparing the car as they were already fitted. It was all a blur tbh. Lesson learned.

A bit of duck tape and a few cable ties later and I was back out although I was mentally scarred for a few laps expecting the bonnet to fly up again.

1429b09e203abde9bd59f4b147e909f0.jpg


Car ran great all day, engine held up well and seemed to have quietened down a lot. Gearbox was really nice although I struggled reaching 1st and 3rd gear once I was harnessed in. It also got very hot in the car with no fan. Need to address these things before next Trackday and look at some ventilation.

3bac092d5f3dda7863df7c58987fbb9d.jpg
688c25d1f0ed8dca1d5e413a767da2c2.jpg
 
Last edited:

JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
When you get a new bonnet, mount the catches the opposite way so that the button release is at the top.

That way, if the latches do release the air resistance should push them down rather than lift them up like they are now.

I'm not sure if it actually works, it's just a theory 😂
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
When you get a new bonnet, mount the catches the opposite way so that the button release is at the top.

That way, if the latches do release the air resistance should push them down rather than lift them up like they are now.

I'm not sure if it actually works, it's just a theory 😂
Good theory 😁 . I’m still not sure what happened. These were proper Aerocatches so shouldn’t really come undone, unless they were incorrectly fitted by previous owner or I didn’t close the latch properly 🤷🏻‍♂️
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
With another Trackday booked in a few weeks I needed to sort the bonnet and windscreen.

After searching and ringing around scrapyards it made sense to get a new one fitted due to the risk of breaking the screen taking it out. Found a local company to fit one for £85.

Sourced a Black Pearl bonnet from a local lad in really good condition for £30 and this time fitted some heavy duty bonnet pins.

24af73688a3e65b2e4a07d2131f9ffac.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Next up was to deal with the gear change having struggled to reach 1st & 3rd whilst strapped in.

a487068953102c3d929b4f5cc4ac44cf.jpg


Picked up Pure Motorsport Shifter as I’d read pretty good reviews. Pretty straight forward to fit with an hour adjusting in small increments to get gear selection.

7d4931c4858925de270f9dca20847145.jpg


Looks the part too.


Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 

David James

ClioSport Club Member
  E36 M3,172 cup
Yeah il only use pins with some back up latch, standard clio catches have been known to fail also
 

JamesBryan

ClioSport Club Member
  Titanium 182
Tbh in the last 7 years I've been doing track days, I've never seen aero catches that were fully closed, fail.
 

Jon Wright

ClioSport Club Member
Last mod before the cars 2nd Trackday at Cadwell was this scoop from Ally Hickling at CCF. Not keen on the design but hopefully it’ll keep the cabin a bit cooler.

417315cfd6037b99cc2815fefea32874.jpg



Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
 


Top