This Espace came on the scene in 1994, celebrating ten years of partnership between Renault and Matra with ten cylinders for birthday candles. To make the Espace F1, Matra used 1994 world champions Williams Renaultâs power train unit.
The chassis was made of lightweight carbon fiber, but some elements of the bodywork from the standard car were retained, such as the glass, roof panel, hood and tailgate.
The rest of the bodywork was swollen to accommodate the 3.5-litre, 40-valve Renault V10 engine from a 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C, leaving the poor Espace looking like it’d been stung by a horsefly.
The engine was fitted centrally in the Espace without changing the model. To do so, they took an Espace off the assembly-line, cut out its floor pan to replace it with a carbon body structure harbouring the 820 hp V10, sequential box and automatic attitude control.
Performance figures? Weighing just 1,300kg and with the V10’s wick turned up from 700bhp to 820bhp, this soccer-mom mobile could accelerate to 62mph in 2.8 seconds. And thanks to whopping carbon-ceramic brakes, could go from nought to 168mph and back to zero in less than 600 meters.
With a special front end, ad hoc brakes and aerodynamic appendices to prevent it from flying away, it could get up to 300 kph!
engine RS4 Grand Prix V10
DISPLACEMENT 3500 cc / 213.6 in³
POWER 596.6 kw / 800.0 bhp @ rpm
SPECIFIC OUTPUT 228.57 bhp per litre
BHP/WEIGHT 615.38 bhp per tonne
TORQUE 705.0 nm / 520.0 ft lbs @ rpm
DRIVEN WHEELS Mid Engine / RWD
FRONT BRAKES Vented Carbon Discs
TRANSMISSION 6-Speed Sequential
GEAR RATIOS :1
top speed ~312.2 kph / 194.0 mph
0 – 60 MPH ~2.8 seconds
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