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Renault envisions Formula 1 car of the future

By Cameron Kirby, 20 Apr 2017 Motorsport

Renault envisions Formula 1 car of the future

Renault R.S. 2027 Vision concept previews F1 in a decade, and celebrates 40 years in motorsport

FORMULA One’s 2017 cars are considered by many to be the best looking in the sports’ recent history, but Renault is already looking ahead, revealing a concept that depicts its vision for the F1 car of the future.

Named the R.S. 2027 Vision, the single-seater concept offers a thought-provoking preview of what teams could be racing in Grands Prix around the world a decade from now.

The car was created to help celebrate Renault’s 40 years of experience in F1, and includes glimpse at what the French manufacturer believes will appear on its race cars in the future.

Most striking is the cockpit canopy providing protection for the driver – something that remains a controversial topic of conversation in open-wheel racing.

The car also has active LED lighting, a front wing with active aerodynamic elements, and an autonomous mode, which Renault claims could be activated in the instance of an on-track incident – effectively replacing the need for a safety car.

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Renault would also like to see four wheel drive and four wheel steering introduced, along with increased electric and battery technology – with the car including an all-electric mode for pit stops.

The French manufacturer predicts fuel tanks in F1 cars to be halved in the next decade.

Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing, says part of the company’s ethos is to predict movements in the direction of Formula 1 heading forward.

“One role of Renault Sport Racing is to anticipate the future of Formula 1 so that it draws a maximum number of fans in an environment consistent with Renault’s objectives,” he said.

“We look forward to generating inspired conversations with the racing community, fans and enthusiasts through this concept that highlights our ideas and desires.”