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Car companies always amaze us with some new and cool concepts. Most of them are used to show innovations, while others are there to show how insane a car company can be. And the most insane of all has to be the Renault’s Espace F1.

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Credit: Motor1.com

You know a company is mad when they decide to stick an F1 engine in a minivan. When the Espace was first introduced, people saw it as a perfect car for a family roadtrip. Today, we think about this car as the godfather of MPVs. Since it was very popular, Renault made a special version to celebrate 10 years of this model. And so, this behemoth was born.

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Credit: CarDesignNews.com

On the outside, the Espace F1 featured a huge spoiler, new wheels, slick tires, new front bumper and big side air-intakes. Other than that, it looked very similar to the standard one. But, on the inside it’s a totally different story.

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Credit: Motor1.com

The F1 had 4 bucket seats, lightweight F1 carbon-fibre chassis and carbon-fibre reinforced body. Its engine was borrowed from the 1993 F1 car Williams-Renault FW15C. The new 3.5-litre V10 heart was producing 800 HP. Just to clarify, the original output was 700 HP, but it was increased purposely for the Espace F1.

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Credit: CarDesignNews.com

Since most of the weight had been shed, the numbers were crazy. It could reach 100 km/h in 2.8 seconds and 200 km/h in 6.9 seconds. Apart from that, its top speed was 312 km/h. This is supercar territory! Most of modern supercars produce very similar numbers.

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Credit: Motor1.com

Moreover, thanks to its huge carbon ceramic brakes, the Espace F1 could accelerate to 270 km/h and decelerate back to a complete halt in just 600 meters.

This is what happens when engineers lose their minds-a minivan with an F1 engine. The Espace F1 concept was so popular that it was featured in the famous Gran Turismo 2 simulator game. This insane concept currently lives in the Matra Museum in France.

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