07/06/2017

Wow! Stunning Renault Sport line-up for Goodwood Festival of Speed

Renault Sport’s ‘40 years in Formula 1’ celebrations will continue at next month’s world-famous Goodwood festival of Speed with moving and static displays of evocative and ground-breaking cars from across a variety of classes
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The four-day event (29 June-2 July) comes just two weeks before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone which is where, on 16 July 1977, Renault made its race debut in F1.

That was with the iconic model, the car the first in F1 history to use turbocharged technology.

It comes therefore as no surprise that two of the iconic R.S.01s will be at the Festival of Speed – one on the Renault stand, the other being fired up and going into action up Goodwood’s famous hill course.

So, too, 2017’s R.S.17 as well as the 1983 RE40 with which Alain Prost won four times (including at Silverstone) and finished a close second-up in the F1 drivers’ championship.

Another R.S.17 plus the sensational Vision 2027 concept car – Renault Sport’s recent take on what F1 cars could be in ten years’ time – will also be on the manufacturer’s stand.

Back to the hill, Renault Sport’s heritage will be further celebrated with the appearance of the intriguing 1902 Renault Type K Paris-Vienna and mind-blowing 1985 Renault 5 Maxi Turbo.

The Type K is the car with which Marcel Renault – one of the brothers who founded Renault – won the 1300km Paris-Vienna race, long distance races being all the rage some 115 years ago. The gruelling event, which included crossing the Alps at 1500 metres, was won at a startling average of 62.5kph!

The 5 Turbo meanwhile is synonymous with one driver, the incredible Jean Ragnotti. ‘Jeanno’ powered car, from rallying’s outrageous ‘Group B’ era, to a glorious victory on the ’85 Tour de Corse (Corsica), covering almost 1100km of twisting asphalt mountain roads in just under 12 hours and 55 minutes – almost 12 minutes clear of second place.

To more modern times, Renault Sport’s excellence in electric vehicle technologies will be highlighted with the all-conquering Renault e.dams Formula E car (which has won five of the opening six races of 2016/17’s FE championship) and the phenomenal ZOE e-sport concept both performing on the hill.

The ZOE, two-seater and with all-carbon fibre bodywork, will be of real interest given the performance figures it has achieved. Its electric motors produce 340kW and 640Nm giving it a power output equivalent to 460hp!

Backing those claims up are a 0-62mph time of just 3.2 seconds with 130mph reached inside ten seconds.

Joining Renault at Goodwood will be long-time ‘sporting partner’ Alpine with the first sighting of the new A110 on the hill course in the ‘First Glance’ class and a second version on static display. Also on the hill will be the 1977 Alpine A310 group 5 – the car was a winner in racing and rallying circles – as well as the 1978 Alpine-Renault A442B which won the Le Mans 24 Hours sportscar endurance in the hands of Jean-Pierre Jaussaud and Didier Pironi.

Those of a certain age will perhaps recall owning model of both these cars as a child…