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Renault: PURE MOTORSPORT PASSION

For more than 115 years, motorsport has constituted an integral element of Renault’s DNA. In Formula One, Renault has started more than 600 races and clinched 11 Drivers’ titles, 12 Constructors’ crowns and no fewer than 168 grand prix victories!

Renault Sport racing

THE BRAND’S MOTORSPORT NERVE CENTRE

In 2016, spurred on by this illustrious track record and eager to reaffirm its commitment to the sport, Renault launched an all-new entity encompassing all of the brand’s motorsport activities – Renault Sport Racing – and another to manage the development and sale of the Renault Sport Cars portfolio. The key objectives were to promote the company’s passion for motorsport to a wider audience while maximising the technological synergies between its racing and rally and its road-going sports models.
As of February 2016, Renault Sport Racing controls and co-ordinates all of Renault's motorsport activities, from Formula One and Formula E, to the Renault Sport Series.
Now under the same overall management to cover the staff and facilities at the company's two key sites at Viry Châtillon in France and Enstone in the UK, Renault Sport Racing firmly reinforces Renault's commitment to the motorsport.
Jerome Stoll
President of Renault Sport Racing
Motorsport represents a real opportunity to showcase French creative technical excellence, while testing new avant-garde innovations in the toughest of arenas.

Renault Sport Formula One Team

This year, Renault has returned to F1 as a manufacturer in its own right. The principal challenge of this first season is to further strengthen the working relationship and capacities of the brand’s two technological hubs, namely Viry-Châtillon in France for the development of the powertrain, and Enstone in the United Kingdom where the chassis is manufactured.

The Drivers

 
Jolyon
Palmer
Born on January 20th, 1991
British
After a promising start in GP2, Jolyon started his F1 career in 2015 as third driver with Lotus F1 Team. He moved up to become main driver with Renault Sport Formula One Team in 2016.
Other driver
Kevin
Magnussen
Born on October 5th, 1992
Danish
Kevin’s racing career started in Formula Renault 2.0, Formula 3, Formula Renault 3.5 Series, then McLaren. He made a sensational F1 début in 2014, claiming second place in the Australian GP. He joined Renault Sport Formula One Team as main driver in 2016.
Other driver

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Chassis
A moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque chassis, manufactured by the Renault Sport Formula One Team and designed for maximum strength with minimum weight.
Renault R.S. 16
Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard rocker via a pushrod system. This is connected to a torsion bar and damper units which are mounted inside the front of the monocoque. Aluminium uprights and OZ machined magnesium wheels.
Renault R.S. 16
Eight-speed semi-automatic titanium gearbox with reverse gear. “Quickshift” system in operation to maximise speed of gearshifts.
Renault R.S. 16
MES-Microsoft Standard Electronic Control Unit.
Renault R.S. 16
Removable driver’s seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, with six-point harness seat belt. Steering wheel integrates gear change, clutch paddles, and rear wing adjuster.
Renault R.S. 16
Kevlar-reinforced rubber fuel cell by ATL.
Renault R.E. 16
Displacement 1.6L V6
Renault R.E. 16
Rev limit 15,000rpm

The team

There is a real culture of motorsport within Renault.
Frederic Vasseur
Renault Sport Racing, Mettre Racing Director
There is a real culture of motorsport within Renault, which we see every day at both Viry-Chatillon and Enstone. Some of the staff there worked for the company during the title-winning years with Fernando Alonso.
We have to be realistic about 2016 and our F1 return.
Cyril Abiteboul
Renault Sport Racing, Managing Director
We have to be realistic about 2016 and our F1 return. In some areas we are playing catch-up. This is a year to re-build relations, re-energise both Enstone and Viry and create synergies within the Renault Sport Racing group.

Formula One season 2016

From November 11th to 13th, 2016
Brazilian Grand Prix
From November 25th to 27th, 2016
Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Renault e.dams

A pioneer of the all-electric vehicle with its Z.E. range and iconic models such as the ZOE and the TWIZY, Renault is by the same token a key player in the world of motorsport with an unrivalled track record for a mainstream manufacturer. In order to help foster the emergence and growth of a new, more accessible and environmentally-friendly area of the sport, Renault joined the nascent FIA Formula E Championship in 2014 in association with e.dams.
The FIA Formula E Championship, bringing motorsport to the centre of major cities
The FIA Formula E Championship is the world’s first all-electric single-seater series. It pits nine teams against each other at ten different circuits in iconic cities all around the globe. The season runs from October to July.

Renault e.dams scoops the Teams’ spoils as Sebastian Buemi is crowned Drivers’ champion

In the FIA Formula E Championship’s inaugural campaign in 2014/2015, Renault e.dams claimed Teams’ glory, before Renault did the double the following season with a second successive Teams’ title and the Drivers’ laurels for Sebastian Buemi.

The Drivers

 
Nicolas
Prost
Born August 18th, 1981
French
Nicolas Prost was born in Saint-Chamond, France. He started his motor sport career in 2003 with the Formula Campus Championship, before going on to Formula Renault 2.0 and 3.5, then Formula 3 in Spain, and Euroseries 3000. In 2009 his racing schedule was split between Endurance, the Le Mans Series, and the Le Mans 24-hour event. He signed as driver with the Renault e.dams in 2014.
Sebastien
Buemi
Born October 31st, 1988
Swiss
Sébastien began his Formula 1 racing career in 2009, with Scuderia Toro Rosso. With two points in the 2009 Australian Grand Prix he became the fourth youngest point-scorer in the World Formula 1 Championship. He joined Renault e.dams in 2014 and finished world champion Formula E driver in 2016.

The team

We have worked hard all year to put together the best car possible.
Alain Prost
Co-owner of Renault e.dams
I am extremely proud of the team today. Formula E is one of the most competitive environments I have ever experienced, and to win two titles today is an extraordinary achievement. We were fighting against top teams and drivers and never took it as a given that we could win. We have worked hard all year to put together the best car possible and Renault did a fantastic job with the powertrain. Two titles in two years is a fantastic tribute to everyone who has given their time and effort to the team.
We have built a professional and capable team.
Jean-Paul Driot
Co-owner of Renault e.dams
It is difficult to express emotions as you experience in these moments. You hope and you dream of these things, but when they actually happen you find it hard to get the right words. I am proud of each and every team member for contributing to these victories. We have built a professional and capable team that has risen to the challenge in the toughest of environments. We are proud of the team and our partnership with Renault.
The FIA Formula E Championship is an ideal platform for Renault to demonstrate the innovation and quality [...]
Jerome Stoll
President of Renault Sport Racing
We are absolutely delighted with the titles today. The FIA Formula E Championship is an ideal platform for Renault to demonstrate the innovation and quality of its electric vehicle technology. We look forward to transferring the developments we have seen on track this year to our Z.E. electric vehicle range.

Renault Sport Series

In 2016, Renault Sport Racing has refocused its customer competition activities around the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport Trophy. Alongside this, two national Formula Renault 2.0 championships (NEC and Asia) and eight domestic Clio Cup series are organised by promoters throughout the world. In rallying, four national Clio R3T Trophy competitions take place within Europe.
Formula Renault 2.0, a breeding ground for future F1 stars
Renault has been running Formula Renault championships for more than 45 years, with many well-known drivers having earned their spurs at this formative level, from Jacques Laffite, Jean Ragnotti and Alain Prost to Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, and Kevin Magnussen to name but a few!

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

From the age of just 16, budding young racing drivers can pitch themselves into a fiercely competitive and high-calibre arena. This is the ideal junior formula to learn how to handle the pressure of competition, get the most out of a single-seater and develop the necessary mental strength to become a champion! The winner of the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 is taken under the wing of the Renault Sport Academy. They then continue their apprenticeship as they climb the motorsport ladder, while being able to experience the facilities of the Renault Sport Formula One Team.

Renault Sport Trophy

A racing car with a concept car-inspired design, the Renault Sport R.S.01 is currently in its second season as the car used for the Renault Sport Trophy, a springboard for professional GT and endurance racing championships. This R.S.01’s extraordinary engineering qualities allow ‘Pro’ and ‘Am’ drivers to compete in separate classes. The prize for the Am category champion is a drive in the famous Le Mans 24 Hours, while the Pro title-winner is accorded a test with Nismo – Nissan’s in-house motorsport division – with the potential to become a full-fledged member of the team.

Clio Cup

A worthy successor to the Clio R.S., the Clio Cup racing car competes in a variety of championships throughout Europe in a fun and hospitable yet ultra-professional environment, as fields of up to 30 cars thrill spectators with their high-speed battles. The Clio Cup also represents an excellent means of getting into motorsport at a comparatively low cost.

Rallyes

The Clio R3T is similarly a descendant of the Clio R.S. and is prevalent in a variety of domestic Trophy series. The regulations provide young drivers with a platform from which to begin their careers, and more established crews with an inexpensive opportunity to enjoy themselves in a competitive car. The winner of each of these four Trophy contests will secure a drive in the R3 category at the 2017 Rallye Monte-Carlo. At the same time, Renault Sport Racing is running a Clio R3T in six rounds of the 2016 WRC3 campaign.

Renault Sport Cars

The experience that Renault has acquired over the years across the motorsport spectrum has enabled Renault Sport Cars to develop a range of potent and sophisticated sports cars that benefit from technologies honed on the racetrack and on rally stages. This range is available across the Renault network.
The New Mégane GT
The new Mégane GT is the first car in its segment to feature 4Control. Developed by the teams at Renault Sport Cars, its Energy TCe powerplant produces 205hp and 280Nm torque and is mated to Renault’s seven-speed EDC transmission with paddle-shift gear changes.
The Sandero R.S. 2.0
With a 2.0-litre engine generating 150hp, a sports chassis and all of Renault Sport’s hallmark styling cues, the first R.S. model designed and engineered outside of Europe is a sports car aimed at meeting the expectations of the Latin American market.
The Mégane R.S.
Since 2009, Renault’s most powerful sports car has consistently harnessed Renault Sport’s most cutting-edge technologies to guarantee first-class driving sensations both on the road and around circuits.
The Clio R.S.
This model boasts 200hp as standard or 220hp in its Trophy version, with a choice of three different driving settings and EDC transmission with paddle-shift gear changes that ensure exceptional levels of performance for a small sports car. What’s more, the Clio R.S. benefits from impeccable comfort and versatility in a package that truly showcases Renault’s motorsport prowess.
 
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