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Renault’s 500bhp racer is called the R.S 01

Last month, Renault Sport Technologies made a brave, bold announcement: it would build a brand new RS Trophy show car to compete in the World Series by Renault.

Today, we learn its name: it’s called the R.S 01. Oh, and it’ll have more than 500bhp.

Interest sufficiently piqued? Good. We’ve only been given a few key details, but they are Good Details. The chassis is a carbon monocoque, built by Dallara, while that monster engine will be a Nismo unit making that headline power output.

There’s also a seven-speed sequential gearbox suppled by Sadev, driving the rear wheels, and specific rubber, too; Michelin has been tasked with developing a bespoke tyre package for the R.S 01.

RST tell us this track pony will weigh just 1100kg, which means a solid power-to-weight ratio of just under 500bhp per tonne. No word on a 0-62mph time, but expect it to be quick enough to make you reconsider your life choices.

The full unveil - with all the details and proper pics (not the shady teaser above) - will be at the Moscow Motor Show on 27 August. Put it in your diary.

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