2018 Series – NSR Rally: Renault Clio R3 vs Abarth S2000

Series Manager: Mark
Period: Second half of 2018, July-Dec, once per month.

Our 2018 rally-car series will use high performance models from NSR with a chassis shared between the Fiat Abarth Punto 2000, and Renault Clio. With identical platforms and similar body characteristics, the race will focus on driver skill and less on engineering. The little Clio is a favorite rally car in Europe, most notably the British Clio Cup series, typically with an engine producing 200-300 HP. The Fiat Punto, enhanced with Abarth racing technology, is also a very popular high performance platform, with 250-300hp engines (depending on rules setting the engine size 1.5-2 liters, aspiration (turbocharged or natural) and other parameters). The small size of these cars make them favorites of drivers because they easily navigate sharp turns, while fans love them because they are like their “daily drivers” common in many European counties.

**** Provisional **** Final Rule-set due 05/07/2017 ****

FEES $5 for ASCC members; $10 non-members

MODELS // search eBay and PendleSlot for hard to find models

  • NSR Fiat Abarth S2000 Punto (NSR1164, 1030, 1040, 1043, 1057)
  • NSR Renault Clio R3 (NSR1011, 1012, 1013, 1014, 1015, 1016, 1025, 1029, 1035, 1045)


  • OEM hard plastic interiors, driver, and hard glass mandatory.
  • Body must start every race with all major parts intact incl. windows & wings. Antennas, mirrors, wipers, exhaust, tow hooks lost in accidents don’t need to be replaced.
  • Duplicate liveries must be made unique with different race numbers, decals, or wing colors.
  • Fantasy liveries allowed – white kits must be painted or decaled and have at least two numbers.
  • Body screws: OEM Steel or NSR/Slot.It brass smooth-shank allowed; Optionally taped.
  • Light Kits permitted.
  • Slight trimming of body in wheel wells allowed for tire clearance. “Excessive” material removal will be determined by Scrutineer.
  • Wings must be in place at heat start. Lost wings will not require a yellow-flag, but will add a 5-second penalty (one per race). Wings can be taped onto body for repair.
    Wings lost in the last lap (#40) will Not incur a penalty.


  • NSR3001(22k), 3003(25k) short-can allowed. Wrapper required at first tech inspection. Can-tattoo must be visible if wrapper has ripped or slipped off.
  • Motor modifications (armature or magnet substitutions, zapping) prohibited.
  • M2 x1 or 2mm grub-screw recommended to secure motor. Gluing to pod allowed.


  • Inline or Sidewinder Short-can NSR pods allowed. Any hardness allowed; Extra-Hard recommended: Triangle SW Red pod=NSR1264
  • Pod cannot protrude below chassis pan. Excessive trimming of pod prohibited.


  • Any hardness allowed; Extra-Hard recommended=NSR1484, 1327
  • Only modifications to chassis allowed is for sidewinder triangle pod – rear cross-brace must be cut out and cut-slag sanded smooth.
  • Minor trimming of chassis allowed to fit body. “Excessive” trimming determined by Scrutineer.
  • Traction magnets prohibited. Ballast allowed, must be above chassis pan~i.e. inside the car.


  • NSR guides mandatory; Rally Guide recommended: NSR4842  To fit tight curves, the blade must be trimmed to be 7mm long or less.
  • Guide spacers allowed and open choice.  Pick-up braids and motor-lead wires are open choice.


  • NSR pinions and drive gears mandatory. Gear ratio is open choice.


  • Front-NSR 5003, Rear-NSR5004 mandatory.   NSR Rally wheel inserts are mandatory (can be custom painted)


  • Front-NSR 5226 (18×8), Rear-NSR5206 (supergrip 19×10), 5207 (ultragrip 19×10) are the only part#s allowed.
  • Tires may be glued; trued; profiled/camfered.
  • Traction compounds prohibited.  Tires cannot protrude beyond wheel-wells/fenders when viewed from above.


  • OEM NSR axles and Oil-lite bushings mandatory.
  • Independent front axle modification allowed. Spacers/washers allowed and are open. Gluing axle bushings to pod is recommended.
  • Front axle height adjustment grub screws are open choice (i.e. brass or rounded nose)

POWER  Adjustable by racer, per heat (generally 10-13v)


Practice nights announced by Series Manager; starting in April.

40 lap heats.  Direction, lights on/off, and other conditions announced by series manager during Race-day practice.

If it is not mentioned – email or text Series Manager for legality (BEFORE the first race).