Renault Clio V6 255
I decided that I would like a dedicated track day car, but I wanted something that was not the norm and was going to be a challenge. After researching potential candidates I finally came across the Renault Clio V6. It was a limited run car that looked nuts with its over exaggerated body and had a reputation of being a handful. The rule book was thrown out the window when Renault designed this car and the Clio V6 had a V6 engine dropped in the rear, where the boot and rear seats were once placed. There were two phases of the Clio V6, and it was the Clio V6 255 (Phase II) model that I felt was a better track day car as its power had been increased and the handling had been improved from the Phase I.
Searching for a Clio V6 255 was tricky as only 354 UK cars were produced. During my search I came across the most amazing website dedicated to all things Clio V6 called v6clio.net. With some help from the website members I eventually came across the perfect car. Number 218 was finished in Iliad blue, had only 22,500 miles on the clock and had been well maintained.
So what we have here is the Renault Clio V6 — a lightweight, mid-engined, head-turning supercar, which means we’re in Ferrari territory: a world where small boys grab excitedly at their tinkles as you drive by, youths screech to a halt and grown men bite the backs of their hands to stop themselves crying out.
At the very limit of adhesion, it does a triple salsa with back flip and even the best drivers in the world are turned into passengers with not long to live.by 20 Years of Clarkson
Shortly after purchasing the car I came across the Clio V6 specialist SG Motorsport Services and its owner Scott. After discussion with him a plan was put in place to make my Clio V6 far more track focused. Weight was saved and performance improved with a new exhaust, lightweight flywheel, KW suspension, Recaro race seats and other modifications. By the time was car was finished it had improved in both handling and performance by some considerable margin.
The best track day I took part in was the Origine RS event at Goodwood in August 2015. The event was a Renault only event and track time slots were arrange by model. My car was one of the, if not the, fastest Clio V6 on the track that day.
During my ownership of the Clio V6 I had had a couple of knocks. I had someone drive into the rear damaging the rear bumper and I had damaged the font bumper and inner wheel linings with an off at Bedford. This is when I found out the Renault had a shortage in body panels and some replacement parts. I realised that if I damaged the body panels of the car I may not be able to get replacements. Reluctantly I decided to sell the car.
The Renault Clio V6 255 specification was as follows: