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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.