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Decade of Renaultsport... 99% Clio Content



Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
As the title suggests although I've owned Renaults on and off for over 17 years it's been around a decade I've been actually owned Renaultsport affiliated cars. Nowadays i'll frequent the Cliosport forums in the background but in the last 10 years it has introduced me to a whole... handful of like minded enthusiasts along the way, and taken me to so many Cliosport events.

So, technically on here a decade but the first Renaultsport car I owned was the Odyssey Blue phase 1 Clio 172. I part exchanged it for my modified Glacier White GT Turbo, Circumstances at the time dictated I had to go to one vehicle ownership so the fun GT Turbo had to make way for the Clio which would be a daily and in theory a track car as and when. Completely standard when I picked it up but like everything I've owned I changed a few bits to make it my own. K Tec Racing carbon bonnet, Speedline 2118 wheels, K Tec coilovers. Then went Clubsport and fitted buckets seats and removed the rear seats. It was a great car, owned since mid 2008 I genuinely couldn't think of a reason why i'd need to have a change of car. I loved the look of it and it did everything I wanted it to.
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Until I saw this up for sale in the Cliosport classifieds! Owned by Danny Roberts in Suffolk, after paying him a visit I just knew I had to buy it so a price was agreed and I picked it up by trailer and brought it home. The plan was to use the Odyssey Blue as a donor for the white shell and move everything over. The engine and little else did, I practically replaced everything with uprated parts, bushes, suspension, nut and bolts, or refurbed. What was left of ol blue went to a friend in Kent who put it all back together and to this day is still out and about on the road. Which is more than can be said to ol Whitey, it was sold on, had TBs fitted then disappeared. I took it to Gaydon for the 2011 Cliosport show and the end goal was to make it to the Nurburgring, which it did.
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The white phase 1's replacement? A Clio cup 172, what a shitbox! Looked great in the photos so I jumped on a train to Bristol to buy and was seriously disappointed! Every panel had a mark or scratch, I couldn't be bothered to get the train home so parted with cash and drove it back to Essex! It lasted a few months then sold it on.
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Next up, again saw this in the classifieds on here. Was owned by the infamous Chris Turner, left on his parents driveway with a knackered gearbox we came to a deal. After a horrendous Shiply experience I ended up hiring a trailer and doing a 13 hour round trip to pick up this, the Racing Blue 182. It went through a few wheel changes , SPAX full coilover suspension change to which it ended up as you see below. Pretty sure this photo made the CS calendar.
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Absolutely loved owning the Racing Blue but sad personal circumstances in late 2012 meant I reluctantly let it go early in 2013. Too many memories attached to the Clio, I needed a clean break and at one point thought i'd never go back into them...... Until.... Again I browsed the CS classifieds and saw this. I couldn't resist, I mean if you're going back into Clio ownership then what better colour than Petrol Blue! Stock all bar full coilovers, K Tec solid top mounts and K Tec induction it was a great car on paper and indeed in person. Money changed hands and back in the Clio game! Enjoyed driving this, but made it a whole lot better when a supercharger kit came up for sale. Plenty of pennies later and a map at EFI I drove away with 262hp and 220ft/lbs torque. 100% reliable in boosted form for over a year until I sold it to a chap in Scotland actually on my birthday in July 2014
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I'm gonna take a quick break to upload more photos but this is where the love affair with Mk2 Renaultsport Clios comes to an end. Being honest the Mk3 197s never really did it for me, The 200s were a better look in my opinion but by then in 2014 the Mk4 had been out a year already and since the day they came out I loved everything about them. So I skipped from Mk2 to Mk4, albeit a non Renaultsport to start with.
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
I'd already bought the PBs replacement, the other end of the spectrum. A diesel, comfortable, not gonna set the world on fire, capable of 60mpg! With that in August 2015 I did a 3000 mile road trip around Europe in 11 days, it was quite frankly the perfect car to do it. I wanted away from the jolting of a coilover setup, the luxury of something almost new, in warranty and cheap to run. This was my in for MK4 ownership, not an RS but in many other ways loved owning it.
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This was late 2016 and again another roadtrip to North East France, then through Luxembourg to the Nurburgring, and a drive west to the Brittany region for a few days. It did what it said on the tin, bags of miles to a tank in ultra comfort.... BUT, RS models started coming onto my radar. In particular this Liquid Yellow 200 EDC, down in Vospers Plymouth. A few phone calls later I did the 588 miles to part ex the derv..... Once again I was back in the Renaultsport fold in December 2016! With the latest incarnation of Clio. I absolutely loved it, it soon changed, it was mapped, lowered, intercooler then wheels but for a while I loved the OEM lowered look on stock wheels.
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Genuinely happy for ages, until someone showed strong interest in making a purchase for the 200. It happened so quick that I was actually left without a Renaultsport for a number of weeks as I genuinely wasn't expecting the deal to go through! It did, finance cleared and left with a decent chunk I then placed a deposit on a fully loaded MK4 Clio 220 Trophy with 23 miles on the clock! A massive step up from the 200 in every way, again modified with a map from RS Tuning, H&R coilovers, Pro Alloy intercooler, 4 pot Brembo conversion, then at the time a one off set of Braid R3T rally wheels to really change up the look and be different.
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So now we're in 2018, pretty sure i purchased this in March or April. This was it, I'm at the top of the Renaultsport tree as far as I was concerned 😬😁 cue August, again I'm in another Renault dealer..... Pen to paper..... On the all new Mégane 4RS 280 🤦 it was a deal I just couldn't say no to, a decent part ex offer, massive discount and contribution to the deal made me make the purchase. The Mégane was already built and sitting in the import centre donut was the matter of a week or so to have it in my hands. So, this is where the Renaultsport Clio part comes to an end... But what a car to move into!
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Scrooge

ClioSport Moderator
  E55 AMG
Some lovely cars Ricardos, that 220 looked epic but that Megane is amazing
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
Absolutely love your Megane.
Thank you! Even after a year like the phase 1 Clio I can't think of a reason to chop it in, subtle changes have given it soo much more on road presence. It's a great second car.
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
Some lovely cars Ricardos, that 220 looked epic but that Megane is amazing
Cheers! The 220 was amazing, at that time I really thought I hit peak and was staying put with it. Brilliant car on track and all rounder.
 

Ratatouille

ClioSport Club Member
You've had some lovely renaultsports over the years mate. Wasn't the white ph1 supercharged by Paul? I remember him having it when he was playing with my megane. Your PB and the 220 trophy are the pick of the clios imo, shame there won't be another Clio RS to tempt you back again.
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
You've had some lovely renaultsports over the years mate. Wasn't the white ph1 supercharged by Paul? I remember him having it when he was playing with my megane. Your PB and the 220 trophy are the pick of the clios imo, shame there won't be another Clio RS to tempt you back again.
Appreciate the kind words, yes it was indeed RS Tunings old supercharged demo car. I think I have some photos of it complete knocking about somewhere.

Both Clio's were amazing in their own ways. I'm glad the supercharger kit came up for sale, even though the PB was a rare car i didn't think twice in whacking the kit on it!

If it wasn't for the Mégane I'd still be in that 220 Trophy.

Never say never about an RS model
 

Sash

ClioSport Club Member
  A Yellow One
Let’s be honest now the number of conversations we had in costa about using a RS200 for my job was a fair few and I thought I was being ambitious but it turned out to be the best decision 😃
 

Ricardos

ClioSport Club Member
  LY 200 EDC
Let’s be honest now the number of conversations we had in costa about using a RS200 for my job was a fair few and I thought I was being ambitious but it turned out to be the best decision 😃
I still remember the conversation now 😀 I think the Snetterton track day test drive sealed the deal.
 


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