Modern sports cars to but the Renault Sport Spider was the stripped-down hardcore track of the . Inspired by the Alpine A110 it has fantastic styling but not much else. Renault didn’t include a radio, a trunk, a roof, or even power steering.

The Sport Spider which means only first-generation cars can be. As far as any owner concerns, the first generation other than the curiously missing windshield which made goggles and a helmet pretty much mandatory if a driver didn’t want bugs flying in their face. As a trade-off, the Spider was light, under 2,000 lbs light meaning it is lighter than a modern MX-5 Miata by a few . It also comes with supercar butterfly doors for the icing on the cake.

Designed from the outset as a driver’s car, the chassis was made of aluminium for its combination of and substantial strength, while the actual bodywork is a plastic composite. Unusually, the Spider did not have a roof, either folding or hard-top. The gearbox and the engine were one unit transversally fixed in an oscillating hinge (an arrangement inspired by aeronautical design), which all but eradicated the interference of engine vibration with the chassis, and the pedals of the Spider were adjustable as well as the seat so the driver could achieve a better driving position. Power for the Spider came from a version of the 2-litre F7R engine from the Clio Williams and Mégane Coupe, producing 150 PS (110 kW; 148 hp). Either a windscreen or a small wind deflector was fitted, with the driver wearing a helmet in vehicles without a windscreen.

From the outset the Spider was intended to be the basis for a new one-car racing series. A special Spider Trophy edition was designed and built for the purpose, with the engine tuned to produce 180 bhp (134 kW). for having produced one of that series’ top drivers of recent years.

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