02/06/2016

Rare Renault F1 prototype among Renault’s planned Goodwood line-up

Renault’s first Formula 1 prototype from 40 years ago is set to be among the stand-out attractions among a dazzling array of competition and road cars – running and static – being sent by the French manufacturer to the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed event later this month (23-26 June).
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The A500, from 1976, was the fore-runner to Renault’s entry into F1 in 1977. It was track-tested relentlessly that year by Frenchman Jean-Pierre Jabouille and remains a highly significant part of F1 history for it brought turbo-charging technology to the sport for the first time.

Renault has a knock-out line-up of machinery planned for Goodwood including close to 20 competition cars spanning 110 years These range from the 13-litre Type AK (winner of the 770-mile French Grand Prix in 1906) to the fascinating Etoile Filante (land-speed record-holder for gas-turbine cars in 1956) to the R26 (F1 title-winning car from 2006). The company’s latest R.S.16 F1 challenger and highly successful all-electric Formula E racer, the Renault e.dams Spark Z.E.15, are also expected.

It is widely acknowledged that much of Renault’s know-how from its motor sporting activity this past century or more has traditionally filtered down to its road models.

Indeed its high-profile stand at Goodwood will also highlight the latest All-New Mégane Sport Tourer and All-New Scenic.

“From Formula 1 to rallying, endurance racing to land speed records and our latest innovative road products – our 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed line-up, full of excellent heritage and pioneering breakthrough, promises to be one of our best yet. We are certain it will keep the huge numbers of people who flock to the event each year thoroughly enthralled,” commented Jeremy Townsend, Renault UK’s Communications Director.

Renault will officially announce its final line-up of 2016 Goodwood cars and drivers in the near future.