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The Renault R.S. 2027 Vision

How will tomorrow’s world look? This is the greatest of all imponderables, for the business of making predictions is freighted with the possibility of them dating quickly or proving to be glaringly wrong.

Yet despite this, Renault have recently taken the bold step of unveiling their vision for how a Formula 1 car could appear ten years from now. And rather than simply producing an illustration, they have gone as far as to build a mock-up machine, which they demonstrated at the Shanghai Motor Show in March.

The R.S. 2027 Vision exists for two reasons: to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Renault’s first F1 car, 1977’s RS01, and to underline their long-term commitment to F1 as a constructor. “There was an opportunity from our design department to celebrate both our heritage and to express our future in Formula 1, so we decided not to do just a styling exercise, but to actually go ahead and build something,” explains Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport.

“It’s appropriate to create something now, because with the arrival of F1’s new owners, there is a lot of talk about the direction the sport should take and how it should evolve. With this concept car, we have created a manifesto of our ideas and, actually, I don’t think we’ve done anything that is radically new. There are concepts in the R.S. 2027 Vision that are already in existence in road cars, or in other racing categories, or which are already being discussed for F1 – such as standardised parts or a canopy to protect the driver.”

WORDS James Roberts

 

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