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F1™, the driving force for innovation

Formula 1™ is the beating heart of Renault. A 100% Renault-owned team where passion for competition reigns. Discover how technological explorations in motor sport have set the pace for efficiency in car manufacturing.

Working under pressure for results is essential to produce the best car for the drivers.

Cyril Abiteboul
Renault Sport Racing General Manager

An entire team at the wheel

When you see the Renault F1® Team race, you should think about the entire team, not just the driver of the car. The management of this exceptional team are constantly breaking their own records for agility. A deep dive into a world of millimetres.

Months of preparation

There would be no results without a team of the best engineers, mechanics and drivers. “Best” means expertise, of course, but it also means synergy. The team are like a family, meeting more than a hundred days per year. Year-round, the team advances with short-term objectives like the next Grand Prix™, but they also work towards mid-term objectives, like the development of the next Grand Prix™ single-seater. Explore all possible scenarios. Practice to perfection. Expect the unexpected. In other words, a long roadmap with constant pressure.

On the starting line

It's time for concentration in the paddocks. Everyone knows what they have to do. The start of the race is fast approaching. The team and the driver are one. Everything is under control. If they stick closely to their racing strategy, they should be capable of reacting in record time to the slightest unexpected event. The team have been analysing the 50 billion items of data captured by the 200 sensors on the car. Shortly, all of the work done by the 1,200 people at Renault Sport Racing will be translated to the circuit. With a cool head and team spirit, the team is ready to go.

Ready, steady, go!

The single-seater is smoking on the tarmac. In less than 3 seconds, the 15 people are on standby in the pit— they have less than three seconds to change four wheels. In admirable silence and with not a second wasted, the wheels are removed and replaced. The team acts like a single body with several arms and multiple skill sets. This is a technical and human feat that equals the driver's efforts during the race. An agile management performance!
Months of preparation
On the starting line
Renault rs 19 go
Ready, steady, go!

From the track to the road

Formula 1™ is like a laboratory for innovation, ensuring a head start across the board. It allows Renault to benefit from cutting-edge engineering technologies. How does F1™ inspire production vehicles?

Energy management

FROM THE TRACK...

Renault’s hybrid engines start with passionate engineers. Their research in energy management is focused on performance and the cumulative power of combustion and electric engines. The electrical energy is then recovered and used according to the conditions of the race. For example, electric motors are involved in braking in the single-seater.


...TO THE ROAD

The same Renault F1® Team engineers are also at the root of future hybrid models. Their energy management strategy is based on optimising consumption and CO2 emissions. Groupe Renault's experience in Formula 1™ also allows the company to offer drivers a sports mode for "driving pleasure" and a braking mode where energy recovery occurs during deceleration.

Agility

FROM THE TRACK...

Decisions are made quickly and the objectives are clear— solutions are required in the moment. Welcome to the agile ‘. Even critical situations are resolved by effective working groups. From slimmed-down validation processes to simplified decision-making procedures, Renault F1® Team is designed for efficiency.

...TO THE ROAD

Is there a method specific to F1™? On the contrary, agility is developed and then shared openly. Renault’s engineering is constantly evolving, inspired by our F1™ team’s working methods aimed at continuously improving efficiency. This collaborative exchange directly benefits production vehicles.

Data exploitation

FROM THE TRACK...

Sensors are in place to monitor consumption, pressure, temperature and different systems. This data is entrusted to our engineers. Everything that happens in the heat of the F1™ race is now processed. In the future, machine learning will even make it possible to optimise the time required to make decisions during a race.

...TO THE ROAD

And what difference does that make to you? Like in F1™, the engines of tomorrow's cars will be under a lot of surveillance! The goal is better preventive maintenance. In the future, you will be able to drive with complete peace of mind as engine conditions and battery life will be predictable and optimised.

Anticipating real driving conditions

FROM THE TRACK...

How can we respond to the constraints of test-track trials and the limited number of hours in the wind tunnel? By using aerodynamic, mechanical and thermal simulation models. Virtual or augmented reality and artificial intelligence are also being explored in depth by the Renault F1® Team in partnership with Microsoft.

...TO THE ROAD

Is this technological advance reserved for the Viry-Châtillon and Enstone plants? Far from it!
Our engineers are preparing to use these technologies in areas like safety and maintenance validation operations.

The hybridization of Clio E-tech inspired by F1™

You’ll notice its lively acceleration, very low consumption around town and unequalled versatility, but above all, the New Clio E-TECH is a true scion of F1™. Let’s take a look under the bonnet, some gems of modern technology await.
Sport mode
Driving pleasure optimised by blending electrical and internal combustion power. Directly inspired by F1™.
Claw gearbox
Efficiency and an end to unsuitable gear changes. An adaptable F1™ innovation implemented as a smart clutchless gearbox.
Regenerative braking
The smart mode that allows racing drivers to brake merely by releasing the pedal.Long live your brake shoes and discs!

#RSSpirit

Do you have a competitive streak? Renault Sport is lighting up social media.

#RenaultSport live


15 hours ago

Going out on the track, that's what it's all about. #RSspirit https://t.co/iczTyJUwjF


2 days ago

RT @RenaultF1Team: 🏁 Chequered flag 🏁 Daniel P7 / Nico P12 🇧🇷 #BrazilGP 🇧🇷 #RSspirit


6 days ago

We are paw-sitive, the #RSspirit never stops with these two. Feel reassured though, they bark but never bite! https://t.co/a1BS9sZI0B

The keys of performance

If you’re curious about the secret behind Renault F1® Team's excellence, read on for a detailed walk-through. Get into the mental state of our drivers. Get an insight into our drivers' mindsets. Take note of our mechanics' skills. One pit-stop later and, with our Formula 1™ record, you will have seen for yourself the passion that has driven Groupe Renault since the very beginning.

Renault has been involved in F1 for a long time because it makes sense. We believe in competition and we believe in F1 – not just for the thrill of racing but also for the opportunities it brings.

Jérôme Stoll
Président de Renault Sport Racing

The key players in our success story

Viry-Châtillon, Enstone and our Guyancourt Technocentre all have one thing in common: sheer determination. Drivers, engineers and technicians constantly interact with one another. Take a look at the work of our coordinated team.

Drivers

You might only see their list of wins on the track, but our drivers are as much involved in the race as in the development of their single-seaters.

Nico Hülkenberg

He is starting his third season with the Renault F1® Team. He already has four titles and he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015. Talk to him about winning and he will also remind you of the importance of energising the team and optimising the operation of the single-seater.

Daniel Ricciardo

He’s already an old hat in the racing world. He’s won seven Grand Prix, has appeared on the winning podium 29 times and has three pole positions. He’s getting familiar with a new team and a new single-seater. His experience and commitment benefit the entire Renault F1® Team. Observe the driver with his team and you will see a real catalyst of positive energy.

The two brains behind the operation

Meet the key staff in the Renault F1® Team. You might have great admiration for the driver, who fuses seamlessly with their R.S.19, but do you know about the mechanics behind the scenes? Let's go to Viry-Châtillon, where the Renault F1® Team's engines are developed and assembled and to Enstone where the single-seater is designed, assembled and tested. The Technical Advisor, Sports Director, Race Engineer and Engineering Director all share the same passion: innovation for excellence. The driver’s feedback is invaluable for technical improvements. The engineers at our sites are on a constant quest for innovation, embodying the technical performance of the team.

D-day: a symbiotic team

Training and teamwork are the essential ingredients for a well-oiled operation. Discover Renault's "Racing Spirit". The end results of weeks of work come to life during race weekends. On the ground, approximately sixty employees are in constant contact with their colleagues in Enstone and Viry-Châtillon. In less than a second, they remotely analyse the data transmitted by the single-seater's sensors. On-site, the well-drilled team reacts to stress with maximum efficiency. Adjustments are made in record time. Agile management is on full display.
Drivers
The two brains behind the operation
D-day: a symbiotic team
 

The R.S. 19

40 years of technological progress separate the R.S.01 and the 2019 single-seater.

Spotlight on achievements

Since the brand's creation, Formula 1™ has been part of Renault's history. A place in sporting history was guaranteed thanks to the legendary engine! Let’s take a look back.

Take part in the race

Motorsport for Renault means so much more than F1™. Read about our other commitments to motorsport. Who knows? You might even get hooked on one of these disciplines.

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