Green News: Renault In Future Car Challenge

Green News: Renault In Future Car Challenge

OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
28 Oct 2010

Renault’s least polluting current production vehicle, the 98 gram CO2 per kilometre 1.5-litre dCi 86 Clio, takes to the road this weekend in the inaugural RAC Future Car Challenge, pitting its talents against a field of around 60 of the greenest cars on the market.

The RAC Future Car Challenge involves following the London to Brighton Veteran Car Run route, but in the opposite direction, and is open to the latest electric, hybrid and low-emission passenger cars, light commercial vehicles and motorcycles. The challenge starts at Madeira Drive in Brighton on Saturday 6th November at 8am and ends 57 miles later in London’s Pall Mall, where each vehicle will be assessed to measure its energy usage.

The pair of ‘eco’-Clios will be driven by two high-profile motoring journalists; Simon McBride from Parker’s and Richard Aucock from Motoring Research, both of whom have a keen interest in ‘green’ technology.

As the French brand’s greenest model yet, emitting just 98 grams of CO2 per kilometre, the chic supermini attracts no Vehicle Excise Duty, 100% capital write-down allowance and low 13% benefit-in-kind (BIK) rating for business customers.

Its headline low-emission figures have been achieved thanks to a wide range of technical enhancements, including aerodynamic aids at the front and rear, revised engine mapping, taller gearing and reduced rolling resistance tyres. The fuel-sipping Clio can achieve 76.3 miles per gallon on the combined cycle, meaning the duo should be able to complete the challenge using under a gallon of fuel.

The Clio 98g is just one of Renault’s pioneering vehicles when it comes to lowering the emissions of its car and van range. At the Paris motor show, as well as showing its Z.E. (Zero Emission) family of four vehicles, which launches next year in the UK with the Kangoo Van Z.E., followed by the jaw-dropping two-seat Twizy quadricycle, Zoe supermini and Fluence Z.E. saloon, it also unveiled its ‘eco-champion’ models and new 1.6-litre 130hp diesel engine.

Over the course of the next 12 months, Renault’s so-called ‘eco-champions’ will launch across several ranges as ‘green’ flagships for their respective models. Initially, these will include the Twingo dCi 85 FAP at 90g/km, Clio dCi 90 FAP at 90g/km, Mégane dCi 110 FAP at 106g/km, Grand Scénic dCi 110 FAP EDC (Efficient Dual Clutch) at 130 g/km and Laguna dCi 110 FAP at 120 g/km.

The new 1.6 dCi 130, the latest in a series of downsized Renault powertrains, including its 1.2 and 1.4-litre petrol TCe (Turbo Control Efficiency) engines, is initially destined for the Mégane and Scénic ranges next Spring, and boasts 30 grams less CO2 emissions, plus 20% greater fuel economy, than its 1.9-litre predecessor.

The Future Car Challenge is organised by Motion Works for the RAC who believe the event is the biggest of its kind in Europe.

Credits: wilswong

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