The Brookes of England are dedicated Renault fans. Family patriarch Steve woks at a Renault dealer, son James drives a previous-generation Clio 172 Cup, and his brother Will drove a Clio, too. The family was planning to buy a name-stretching but route-shortening Renault Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27 until Will unfortunately succumbed to injuries incurred in a road accident last September and sadly passed. A family friend contacted Renault, which has arranged for a special version of the car that will be delivered to the family in Will's memory.
The car will be the last of 500 R27 edition Clios built, and will be finished in a unique Glacier White paint job instead of the standard yellow. The F1 Team R27 edition, which is now finishing its production run, was the first to feature the tightened Cup suspension on the new Renaultsport Clio 197 that is now available on the standard Clio RS.
Press release after the jump.
500th and final Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27 rolls of the production line
The final Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27 has been produced at the Renaultsport factory at Dieppe in Northern France. This unique car was the last produced in the limited edition production and produced in the one-off colour of Glacier White.
The limited-edition Clio Renaultsport 197 F1 Team R27 was launched in April and featured the new Cup chassis setting with a lowered ride height and stiffer springs and dampers. Just 500 were produced for the UK market. The Cup chassis is now available on the recently-launched Clio Renaultsport 197 Cup and is also available as an option on the standard version.
Number 500 has gone to a very special home following an approach to Renault through the Community section of Renaultsport.co.uk. The website features all you could wish to know about the world of Renaultsport road and competition cars. The passionate owners have a forum in the Community section where lively debates take place and information is shared. Through this, Renault organises competitions, trackdays at home and abroad plus visits to the Renaultsport factory at Dieppe.
James Brookes is a keen owner of a Clio Renaultsport 172 Cup and wanted a 197 F1 Team R27. His family were all passionate Renaultsport enthusiasts; his brother Will with a Clio and his father Steve working at the Renault Dealership Wests of Bedford. Tragically Will passed away in an accident in September and David Lee, a friend of the family, approached Renault through the Community section to see if a one-off car could be produced for James in memory of his brother. Renaultsport was pleased to help and the very last R27 was built in the one-off colour.
The Clio for James is being delivered this month though Wests of Bedford. James said, "I am overwhelmed by all the support that has been given to make this happen and would like to say special thanks to all at Renault. In particular, I'd like to say thank you to my friend David Lee who put the idea to Renault in the first place. This is a very special car, built in memory of a very special person and it will be enjoyed as he would have wished."