Match up a hot hatch with a supercar of the same vintage, and we'll tell you who will win every time. It's easy, really, as the supercar invariably features a more advanced suspension, stickier tires and most importantly, more power. What if the hot hatch is race prepped, though?

In that particular case, all bets are off. A circuit-tuned suspension, a stripped-down cabin, an ultra-quick sequential transmission and the greatest equalizer of them all, slick tires, are all that's needed to turn the typical hot hatch into a proper dragon slayer.

Perhaps seeking to prove this, Evo has put together an interesting head-to-head between the Audi R8 V10 and a race-prepared Renault Clio Cup. Host Dickie Meaden takes us through each car, highlighting the bits and bobs on both sides which should make this a tight competition. And boy, is this one tight.

Scroll down for the full video from Evo, and let us know what you think of the result in Comments.


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      Pepe54
      • 5 Months Ago
      Comparing a race car with slicks against a street car with a normal street tire? There is something wrong here. Are they trying to endorse the race car's brand?
      Ducman69
      • 5 Months Ago
      What an idiotic comparison. Car with racing slicks designed to last 200 miles versus car with street tires meant to last 35,000 miles. Hmmm, I wonder if something like that could affect lap times? Ya think?
        Tourian
        • 5 Months Ago
        @Ducman69
        I seriously doubt an Audi like that has tires that will last 35k. More like 10-15k. However, point taken.
      lne937s
      • 5 Months Ago
      BTW, fully race prepped, you can buy this Clio Cup car for $50k from RenaultSport... Compares to $173,500 for the R8 V10 Plus. And with a few tweaks not allowed in Cup spec, the Clio could easily go faster. http://www.topspeed.com/cars/renault/2014-renault-clio-renaultsport-cup-ar136362.html For the same price as the Audi, you could have a dedicated track car and a GTR for the street.
        Georg
        • 5 Months Ago
        @lne937s
        and u can go to the Audi Sport dealer and order a R8 LMS with factory support.. prepared for FIA GT3 or US IMSA racing, race win worth out of the box, fast enough to win the 24h of the northloop setting an new all time distance record...
          Losferatu
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Georg
          Of course you can...how much again?...
          lne937s
          • 5 Months Ago
          @Georg
          An Audi R8 in base GT3 race spec is $456,000 at current exchange rates. And that is for the base car, without specific track packages, spares, or the factory support you mention (which would come to hundreds of thousands of dollars more to run for a season that the cost of participating in the Clio Cup series in Europe). http://www.zercustoms.com/news/Audi-R8-V10-LMS-GT3.html For the cost of 1 GT3-spec R8, you could buy a half dozen Clio Cup cars to stage your own racing series and buy a GTR to drive on the street. The entire point of my previous post was to show what a bargain the Clio Cup car is for a factory-built spec racing car. Of course, if you spend hundreds of thousands more you can get a faster race car. But for its price, with all the associated racing and safety equipment, the Clio Cup car is hard to beat.
      Storm
      • 5 Months Ago
      Racecar vs streetcar...
      karlInSanDiego
      • 5 Months Ago
      I thought this was a cool comparison. Ignore those guys who are all bitter. Of course they're completely different. Maybe that makes them worth comparing, no?
      Al
      • 5 Months Ago
      If I had an hour at a track and could only choose one of those two I would pick the Renault... that just looks like it would be one heck of a lot of fun and would require you to do your best at actually being a driver.
      LW
      • 5 Months Ago
      why not just get a nascar car, and do a supercar vs family car comparision since its profile is of one.
      Cool Disco Dan
      • 5 Months Ago
      Proof its more fun to drive a slow car fast.
      John
      • 5 Months Ago
      But people have known this for decades, which is why the "hot hatch" and "poor man's race car" sell so well. Bottom line is that even a new Mustang has got more power than most normal drivers know how to handle.
      • 5 Months Ago
      C'est comme sur le nurburgring, Renault qui bat Aston Martin, Corvette, Ferrari. N'oublions pas Renault a fait des voitures plus competitives que Porsche, avec les Alpines A110 et610. La Fuego avec des meilleures perf.que la simple 944...
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