Renault reveals 2027 concept Formula 1 car
The French group has revealed a striking closed-cockpit concept Formula 1 car in China. What do you make of it?
Unveiled at the Shanghai Motor Show, the RS 2027 Vision Concept Car is Renault's prediction of how the F1 cars will look like in a decade's time.
The car would use a hybrid powertrain, producing a power of 1341bhp for a weight limited to 600kgs - far less than the current weight of an F1 car.
It would come with a four-wheel steering, V6 turbocharged engine and two-part kinetic energy recovery system, producing up to 500kW.
Keeping the safety aspect of the driver intact, the French team has designed the car with a 3D-printed transparent closed cockpit, which will protect the drivers against any risk of a flying debris - much to avoid a situation like that of Justin Wilson, and or Felipe Massa.
Side view of how the closed cockpit would work [Copyright: Renault]
The ultra-strong impact and flame-resistant polycarbonate material will allow the driver to remain safe inside a capsule-looking cockpit, in case of a vehicle roll.
The C-shaped LED headlamps with an illuminated diamond badge of the Renault's brand icon on the nose keeps the 'wow' factor of the futuristic car very much in check.
It also comes with an active LED lighting in the wheels, which will display data such as the driver’s position in the race and the vehicle’s energy situation.
LED lighting on the sides showing the Lap number [Copyright: Renault]
Cyril Abiteboul, MD, Renault Sport Racing said: "One of our aims at Renault Sport Racing is to point the way to the future of Formula 1, helping this discipline pull in audiences in an environment consistent with Groupe Renault objectives.
"We’re very proud of this concept car, which addresses fans, motorsport enthusiasts and the public at large with a tantalizing expression of our ideas and aspirations for the future.”
[Image courtesy: Renault]