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.

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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 DĂ©zir but Akio Shimizu, responsible for designing it, proclaimed being influenced by the ‘56 Etoile Filante as well. Hmmm... Okay?

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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!

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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.

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And all this to have it competing in its own one-make Renault Sport Trophy series. To supersede the Eurocup Renault MĂ©gane 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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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...

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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.

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Bon Week-End!