The resounding success of the fifth-generation Clio designed for racing continues in France and abroad with the production and delivery of the 300th unit.
To look back at this success story and celebrate Clio’s 30th anniversary, relive thirty key moments in the genesis and career of this new model intended for the race track, special stages and much more!
24 September 2018
Based on Clio R.S. Line, plans for a new generation multi-purpose rally, circuit and rallycross car are given the go-ahead.
2 May 2019
After more than eight months of design and studies during its initial development phase, Clio RSR underwent its first shakedown at the Renault Technical Centre in Lardy.
7 May 2019
The first test session focused on the rally configuration was held at the Circuit du Château de Lastours with Jean-Sébastien Vigion behind the wheel.
22 June 2019
The project is unveiled for the first time to the Clio Cup Open competitors during the French Formula 1 Grand Prix weekend at Circuit Paul Ricard.
The Bursa, Motores, ACI Le Mans and Sandouville supplier plants welcome the purchasing and supply departments of the Dieppe and Viry-Châtillon teams.
27 September 2019
Clio Rally5 is presented to competitors in Vendôme at the Rallye Coeur de France round of the FFSA French Tarmac Rally Championship in the presence of Jean Ragnotti.
9 October 2019
The natural evolution of Clio Rally5, the Clio Rally4 project is launched with the aim to become the new benchmark in the two-wheel-drive category.
16 October 2019
The Clio RSR test and development programme comes to an end with the Dieppe and Viry-Châtillon teams at Dreux.
4 November 2019
The first cars enter the assembly phase at the Alpine plant in Dieppe.
22 January 2020
Clio Rally5 made its first official dynamic public appearance on Rallye Monte-Carlo as a zero car in the opening round of the FIA World Rally Championship in the hands of Clio R3T Trophy France winner Florian Bernardi.
5 February 2020
The first examples ready for delivery are shipped in containers to Mexico.
3 March 2020
Clio Rally5 receives its homologation from the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, paving the way for its competition debut.
12 March 2020
After nine months of development and more than 10,000 kilometres of testing, Clio Rally5 passes its baptism of fire in competition. Four days later, Gerardo Rejón wins his category on the fearsome gravel stages of the Rally Guanajuato Mexico.
3 July 2020
Despite the global impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Clio Rally4 project continues with its maiden shakedown at Dreux.
21 July 2020
The Clio Rally4 test and development programme kicks off at Fontjoncouse with Jean-Sébastien Vigion behind the wheel.
22 August 2020
New Clio Cup makes its competition debut at Nogaro. Nicolas Milan wins the two races on the programme of the meeting in the Gers.
12 December 2020
After more than 5,000 kilometres in the hands of experienced and versatile drivers, including Stéphane Sarrazin, Bryan Bouffier, Jean-Sébastien Vigion and Manu Guigou, Clio Rally4 completes its intense development programme, which began as soon as the first lockdown was lifted.
20 January 2021
One year after the first public appearance of Clio Rally5, Clio Rally4 joins the Monte-Carlo Rally safety crew with Florian Bernardi, runner-up in the 2020 French two-wheel-drive Gravel Rally Championship with Clio Rally5.
12 March 2021
The success of Clio RSR’s versatility is confirmed with the creation of the Clio Ice Trophy as part of the Crèdit Andorrà GSeries for spectacular ice races at the Pas de la Casa track from January 2022.
23 March 2021
Clio Rally4 begins its homologation process with the FIA’s technical department. This is granted following inspections on 1 April.
1 April 2021
Always attentive to its customers, Alpine Racing launches the Clio Cup Europe to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the category. The model receives an engine upgrade enabling it to reaffirm its status on French and European circuits.
6 April 2021
Assembly of the first Clio Rally4 begins at the Alpine factory in Dieppe.
26 April 2021
Less than four weeks after receiving its homologation, the first Clio Rally4s are delivered to customers.
6 May 2021
Clio Rally4 makes its racing debut on the Targa Florio - Rally Internazionale di Sicilia with Paolo Andreucci driving a car entered by HK Racing.
29 May 2021
Anthony Fotia becomes the first driver to win a Clio Trophy France title with Clio Rally5 on the Rallye Le Touquet Pas-de-Calais. The driver from Nice received an official programme with Clio Rally4, which scored its maiden podium with Jean-Sébastien Vigion on the same rally.
5 June 2021
After the cancellation of the 2020 season, the French Junior FFSA Rallycross Championship returns with a new single-spec formula built around Clio RX. David Bouet won this first-ever round at Châteauroux.
12 June 2021
Clio Rally4 scores its maiden win on the Rallye Vosges Grand Est in its first rally driven by Anthony Fotia. The model also won in the two-wheel-drive category and was in the fight for the overall top ten.
4 July 2021
Clio Rally4 continues its ascent with its first victory on the international stage with Jean-Baptiste Franceschi and Toksport WRT. The Frenchman wins the FIA ERC3, FIA ERC3 Junior as well as the two-wheel-drive category on the gravel roads of Rally Liepaja.
8 October 2021
The 300th fifth-generation Clio rolls off the Dieppe Alpine factory assembly line. Already delivered to three continents around the world, Clio RSR is making a name for itself wherever it goes: Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Uruguay!
14 November 2021
Less than a month after Clio Rally4 and Clio Rally5 double win at the French Rally Cup final in Châteauroux, Quentin Ribaud and Clio Rally5 become the French two-wheel-drive Gravel Rally Champions. Winner of the Clio Trophy France Terre, the French native scores Renault’s first rally crown in France since Simon Jean-Joseph in the 2003 French S1600 Championship. At the same time, Nicolas Milan wins the Clio Cup Europe at the end of a season that saw 110 competitors compete on the continent’s most prestigious circuits.
In the upcoming days, Romain Di-Fante will have the opportunity to emulate Quentin Ribaud on tarmac while Jean-Baptiste Franceschi is starting the last round of the FIA European Rally Championship this week with two continental titles in his sights.
Benoît Nogier, Alpine Racing commercial racing director: "We are extremely proud of the success of the fifth-generation Clio. As we celebrate its 30th anniversary in competition, Clio is more than ever the benchmark for accessibility, reliability, versatility and performance in the world of motorsport. Thanks to these assets, our customers excel on all fronts, regardless of the discipline or country in which they compete. We thank them for their trust and remain attentive to their needs. This success would not be possible without the immense talent and resources of our teams based in Dieppe and Viry-Châtillon, but also those of our partner suppliers. Everyone’s involvement in this project has contributed to its success, notably by meeting unprecedented challenges during a pandemic to meet growing demand while maintaining extremely fast delivery times. And we are happy to see that our customers are returning the favour with new victories every week!"