I was so rapturous when I found HotWheels’ R.S.01 in Italy last July. I’m still very happy with HotWheels recreating this and although Small Scale Sydney already had put one aside for me I had to get it. I needed two as I wanted to customize it into the flat black “test car” of it. So is this what you’re seeing here?
Don’t be ridiculous. I haven’t got Philipilihp-like skills. I just found out there already is a 3" test car of the Renault R.S.01... By Norev. So no need to molest a HotWheels trying to replicate it. And a great opportunity to do a little compare.
But what is the R.S.01 in the first place? It’s a race car created by Renault Sport (hence the “R.S.”) in the former Alpine factory in Dieppe. It’s design was heavily inlfluenced by the Renault Dézir but Akio Shimizu, responsible for designing it, proclaimed being influenced by the ‘56 Etoile Filante as well. Hmmm... Okay?
He had to follow some hard points as well as underneath that body is a Dallara carbon monocoque chassis. So naming it a Renault is bold. Especially if you know what engine it houses. Yep. It is family but it is Japanese. Nissan’s (or rather: Nismo’s) own GT-R 3.8 V6!
And with 500hp, 600Nm and a weight of barely 1,100 kgs it, well, flies probably. That wing is there for a reason. It uses a Sadev 7 speed sequential gearbox and pushes all those horses to the rear wheels. Other race dedicated companies like Cosworth, Pectel (ECU), Öhlins (suspension) and ZF (clutch) are involved as well.
And all this to have it competing in its own one-make Renault Sport Trophy series. To supersede the Eurocup Renault Mégane V6 Trophy. And skipping that Euro-part as it is a Renault World Series. Although it still was only driven on European tracks as a supporting event to the European Le Mans Series. Still with me?
The series was ended after 2016 but in 2017 it will reappear. As Renault Sport de-tuned it to have it compete in GT3 class action. Haven’t heard of actual races but it is supposed to be/go racing in Dubai and Australia.
A compare might not be that fair. The Norev is more expensive and that surely shows in the details. Still, one pays about 4 or 5 euros for a 3" Norev so it’s not as expensive as a TLV. And HWs are 2 euros over here.
Ms Giochi did bill me for 3.50 Euros for the HotWheels but that was in a highly touristic area so there was a big raise on that one. The packaging alone makes the Norev a winner to me. I highly appreciate HW’s card art but I tend to store most of my casts in their boxes, if applicable.
And it’s easy to mistake those black corner pieces on the HW’s frunk for it’s headlights but it’s just part of it’s livery. And the headlights disappear a bit in the cast somewhere. The Norev really is clearly the winner here. And an amazing little piece. This might be my favorite Norev 3" along with the A110-50 and the original A110.
I never was a fan of the wheel-type on the HW, I doubt there to be many fans at all over here on LaLD when it comes to those. They look so... Unrealistic. And just look at the paint and those a-pillars on the Norev. The HW is just out of it’s league. So no need to start complaining about the off-position of the Renault Sport tampo on the tip of it’s wing...
So that’s it for this week. Next week we probably hear more about the newly to-be-introduced Alpine at the 2017 Geneva Car Show. If so I’ll probably have to do a post about an Alpine. Again. Let’s just wait and see.