31/01/2018

A lot to look forward to – and reflect on – for R.S. fans in 2018

For Renault Sport fans, 2018 is full of significant anniversaries. Here’s a sneak peek of just a few of them and don’t worry – we’ll be taking a closer look at each as the year unfolds.
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25 years: Prost & Hill join Williams-Renault

For 1993 there was an all-new driver line-up for the Williams-Renault team. Nigel Mansell had won the title in 1992 but had been ousted to make way for Alain Prost who had unfinished business with Renault after their near miss ten years earlier. Gone, too, was Mansell’s ’92 team-mate Riccardo Patrese and that paved the way for young British driver Damon Hill to join Prost. What a year it would prove to be…

                                                                                      

25 years: Renault enters British Touring Car Championship

Think Renault in the BTCC and images of Menu, Plato and the all-conquering Laguna of 1997 immediately come to mind. Rather fewer folk recall 1993 – the year the French manufacturer first chose to enter the championship with, of all things, a modified version of its 19 model with reigning 1992 Champion Tim Harvey and emerging Swiss star Alain Menu. What could possibly go wrong…

 

20 years: ‘Maxi’ Mégane wins British Rally Championship

Renault had wowed UK rallying with its sensational looking (and sounding) Mégane when it first introduced it in 1996, but the car wasn’t eligible to score points – the Maxi regulations which it was designed around would not be officially adapted until 1997. In 1997, now fully homologated, it came agonisingly close to winning the title with Martin Rowe and co-driver Bryan Thomas. In 1998 it would not be defeated…

 

25 years: Birth of an icon: Clio Williams

There doesn’t seem to be much more to say about the Clio Williams except, yes, it really is a quarter of a century since it burst onto the motoring scene. Think of every so-called ‘hot hatch’ since – whether Renault Sport or not – and it still stands the test of time.

 

35 years: Prost & Renault just miss out on F1 title

With just four of the season’s 15 grands prix to go, Alain Prost and Renault looked odds-on favourites to win 1983’s Formula 1 world title. It would be the first for a French driver, the first for a French team and the first for turbo technology. Nelson Piquet and Brabham didn’t have a hope…