The idea for the Renault Spider was formulated in the early
1990s during a revival after a difficult second half of the 1980s.
Renault wanted a car to promote it as a sporting brand (like the
Renault 5 Turbo from a decade earlier). The Spider was intended to
both serve as a racing car, in a one-make series organized by
Renault, and as a road car. The first prototypes for Project W94
were completed in mid-1994 and a concept version was presented to
the public at the Geneva Motor Show a year later. The concept
featured several differences to the version that ultimately became
the road car, most notably butterfly doors and the absence of a
windshield. The car went on sale in early 1996, assembled at the
Alpine factory in Dieppe with approximately 1,800 cars produced.
Designed from the outset as a driver's car, the chassis was made of
aluminium for its combination of low weight 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
two-litre F7R engine from the Renault Mégane Coupé, producing
This rare righthand drive 1997 Renault Sport Spider has had two
owners from new. The second owner, who acquired the car in 2014,
fitted with a two litre F7R engine mated to a five-speed manual
gearbox. The car is in excellent condition throughout and is
finished in the traditional yellow over grey with black interior.
This Spider is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT
test certificate which expires in October 2017, the original
handbook box with handbooks and a history file which includes old
MoT certificates, invoices and old tax discs. It has never been
raced but with its power to weight ratio, it would make an ideal
track day or a fun car for the summer.
For sale by auction on Saturday 26 November 2016 with Historics at Brooklands, Brooklands Motor Racing Circuit, Weybridge, Surrey, Call 01753 639170