Picking a favourite from the 20 or so models from Renault Sport’s range of race and road models is perhaps impossible. The driver line-up wasn’t too shabby either with the Renault Sport Formula One Team’s past and present represented in Jolyon Palmer and Rene Arnoux along with the manufacturer’s rallying legend Jean Ragnotti. All turned heads. Here are just some of the highlights:
The car that utterly decimated the 48-hours distance/speed record in 1938. Previously the benchmark had been 6300 kilometres (average 82kph) over two days – the Nervasport took it to 8037km (104mph). The car was on off-shoot of the luxury Nervasport ‘limo’, using an in-line eight-cylinder engine.
Thanks to its futuristic streamlined design and a 270hp turbine engine, ‘Shooting Star’ achieved more traditional land speed records for Renault in 1956 with figures of 306.9kph over one kilometre and 308.85kph over five kilometres across America’s famed Bonneville Salt Flats.
RS 01, RS 10, RE 27B, RE 30 & RE 40
Renault’s first Formula 1 cars dating back to 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982 and 1983 respectively. RS 01 is where it all started as Renault entered F1 with pioneering turbocharged technology at the British Grand Prix at Silverstone in 1977; RS 10 gave the manufacturer its first victory in F1 at the 1979 French GP at Dijon; RE 27B was twice a winner in 1981 with Alain Prost who would then challenge for the title in both 1982 and ’83 aboard RE 30 and then 40.
R25 & R26
Renault’s two F1 title-winning cars… In 2005, with the 3.5-litre V10-powered R25, 2005 Fernando Alonso became the Drivers’ Champion and, with the help of team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella, Renault also took the Constructors’ crown. In 2006, the first year for F1’s new V8 engine regulations, there was more of the same as both Alonso and Renault made it back-to-back titles.
5 Maxi Turbo
One of World Rallying’s truly iconic cars of the Eighties… Jean Ragnotti drove the turbocharged, 1.4-litre machine with its flared arches and mammoth rear spoiler to a hugely popular victory on the 1981 Monte Carlo Rally. See Jean Ragnotti take on the hill climb in the 5 Maxi Turbo over the weekend in a full 360-degree experience here:
One of the most raved-about racing cars in recent years, particularly in sports/GT circles… The 550hp ‘silhouette’ R.S.01 (using a 3.8-litre twin turbo V6 engine) is the model used for the Renault Sport Trophy racing series across Europe and is a perfect example of Renault Sport’s engineering prowess.
After several attempts, this is the car that gave Renault its only win to date in the world-famous Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race. Two of the V6-engined machines were entered for 1978’s event and it was the one driven by French pairing Jean-Pierre Jassaud and Didier Pironi that took the win – a matter of great pride for Renault!
“As ever the Festival of Speed has provided the perfect backdrop to showcase the wonderful history of machines that has put Renault at the very forefront of motor sporting design and achievement for the last 116 years. It’s a heritage that only very few automotive manufacturers will ever be able to claim and we have enjoyed immensely meeting so many enthusiasts at the event,” commented Renault UK Communications Director Jeremy Townsend.