As of 2015 the World Series by Renault will have a new charger in its field, offering amateur drivers a possible route to GT, DTM, ELMS and even WEC.
Just twenty Pro-Am teams will be running the new R.S.0.1, with the amateur champion getting the chance to take part in the 2016 Le Mans 24-Hour race in an LMP2 prototype and the pro’ champion getting to take a rookie test with the official Nismo team for the Super GT in Japan.
The car itself looks the part, and a glance at the relevant figures suggests that with 500bhp from the Nissan GTR-derived motor and just 1100kg to haul around the R.S.0.1 should do a good job of preparing drivers for the upper echelons of GT and prototype competition. Under the skin (which to us bares traces of Audi R8, Koenigsegg Agera, and the Renault DeZir concept car) the carbon-fibre tub has been designed and built in Italy by Dallara.
Renault Ambassador Alain Prost says this of it (at least the Renault Press release says he says…): ‘Renaultsport R.S. 01 is a spectacular racing car, in the purest tradition of GT. With its high-level sporting capacities, Renaultsport R.S. 01 illustrates the rich expertise of Renaultsport, and its ability to develop racing cars that will reveal future GT or Endurance champions.’
The Professor would appear to be correct, with La Régie having chalked-up an enviable cache of F1, rally, and endurance titles in its 115-year racing history, not to mention having discovered Toro Rosso-Renault F1 driver Daniil Kvyat from its Eurocup Formula Renault series in 2012.
Apparently though, despite appearances (and a fair dollop of speculation) the R.S.0.1 is not related to the Alpine A110-50 concept car. So does this mean we’re going to be treated to a new Alpine some time soon as well?