Renault Clio Sport & Peugeot 206 CC: Provocateurs
“Fantasy provocateurs” are, as a rule, representatives of the “golf” class, looking much sportier than large sedans and possessing good engines. The appearance of such cars can be quite spectacular, which, however, does not prevent tuning companies from significantly changing it.
In nature, there are cars, to the owners of which the desire to give originality to their “iron horse” comes more often than to other car owners. In tuning circles such cars are called provocateurs of fantasy.
“Fantasy provocateurs” are, as a rule, representatives of the “golf” class, looking much sportier than large sedans and possessing good engines. The appearance of such cars can be quite spectacular, which, however, does not prevent tuning companies from significantly changing it. Until recently, the role of the most popular “provocateurs” in Europe was played by German cars – the founder of the Volkswagen Golf genre and the equally charismatic Opel Kadett hatchback, which received the nickname “drop” in Russia. Tuning versions of these models are so common that the serial “Golfs” and “Cadets” soon, it seems, will come time to enter into the Red Book. Serial trehdverki rescued from the disappearance of the French. First, the two hundred and sixth Peugeot appeared on the scene, then the Renault Clio appeared. Basic models, of course, were of little concern to fans of aggressive driving, but modifications such as the Peugeot 206 SS and Renault Clio Sport excited the tuning fantasy of many. Today, in any country in the world, a third of these babies from the car dealership go straight to the tuning studio. But if ten years ago the tuning package for a hot hatch was not so cheap and included a serious fine-tuning of the engine, plus some spectacular accessories, then today the situation looks different. For a small amount of money, on the basis of a puny “Frenchman” with a 1.6 engine, you can build a bright show car, which is not a shame to take 400 meters to take, and participate in exhibitions.
In the Renault line, the official “provocateur of fantasy” is a 2-liter 16-valve Renault Clio Sport, being refined to 180 horsepower, but in this case its younger brother became the tuning donor.
In the standard 1.6-liter Clio Sport, there is basically nothing to brag about. 105 horsepower, traditional box, appearance of a typical European car. The dynamics seem to be good, but too flat, “without a spark”. An ordinary car, a traveling car on the balance sheet of a company or a personal auto manager of an average hand. Firms, however, are different. The most progressive, for example, promote their brand even in such non-traditional ways as the creation of show cars. On the one hand, Eka Neftal – every tuning garage today boasts a pair of three fully “stuffed” cars, built exclusively to demonstrate their own capabilities. On the other hand, the firm that ordered the Renault Clio Sport tuning to the automotive business has nothing to do. Even distant. It sells computers, and more precisely, it represents the computer brands AMD and Maxtor in Russia.
Deciding that among the fans of street racing, the percentage of representatives of the target audience of AMD and Maxtor is extremely large, the Russian distributors decided on an unprecedented step – they created a machine that can surprise street-racing public in every sense. Of course, the car “from head to toe” was covered with logos and advertisements of computer scientists, but it did not drop its image. But the acquired advantages would be enough for several cars. The main idea was to turn a weak and inconspicuous car into a dynamic show-stopper. With the appearance of the car, things were easy. The matter was decided by an expensive and very effective package of aerodynamic linings from the Belgian company Car Zone. Plastic visually “pressed” the car to the ground, in fact leaving the ground clearance as before – one of the installations in the compilation of the tuning brief was the condition of “refinement without fanaticism,” that is, performance should not have suffered in favor of external effects. By car, it is still necessary to drive, moreover, in Moscow, not always mirror-smooth, roads. Huge bumpers and sills with an abundance of chrome mesh and non-trivially installed additional front optics isolated the car from a number of standard Renault Clio. As a tribute to the sporty style, a massive rear spoiler was installed. Then the most interesting thing began – preparing the car for racing.
After long calculations and estimations, the Moscow tuning companies decided not to “sharpen” the Clio engine and not to change the camshaft, but to go around. The debut was played outside the box – they replaced the ignition system with tuning, produced by Nology, and refined the nozzles, forcing them to “pour” much more intensively. Motor power has grown, but rather slightly. Not embarrassed, Muscovites engaged in fine-tuning the inlet-release. The air filter was replaced by “nulevik” Simota Racing Sports, and the standard exhaust system – tuning, specially for this car developed and assembled by engineers from Tommysport.