This is what a Renault LMP1 racecar would look like
At this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA and ACO came together to announce the most detailed 2020/2021 Hypercar rule book we had seen to date. Unfortunately, that means this absolutely amazing Renault LMP1 car render has been rendered redundant.
That most certainly doesn’t take away from its beauty though. Designed by Finnish designer, Esa Mustonen, the Renault prototype racer is a perfect blend of a Group C shape with futuristic styling queues and aggressive openings.
In fact, from the side, the Renault Le Mans Prototype could almost be confused for a Porsche 962C Long Tail, albeit with a yellow paint job. The front end meanwhile, is like an Aston Martin Valkyrie with even more gaps for air to pass through supposedly generating more downforce.
Forgetting for a minute about the insanely cool central driving position, the render shows perfectly the level of detail that goes into Le Mans racers and their rawness. In many ways, this design is very similar to the VW ID.R with its focus on downforce whilst having an eye on the car’s aero efficiency.
In fact, there aren’t many complex elements on the car. Instead, one can imagine the majority of the car’s grip comes from the underside thanks to those huge gaps in the front end and massive rear diffuser.
The most intriguing part of the design sits towards the rear of the main teardrop cockpit. It looks like a turbine which would imply the car being powered by a jet engine. However, I would like to offer up the possibility of it being a fan making the concept an actual fan car.
Obviously, with the switch to slower cars based on road-going hypercars in the top class of the FIA WEC, there’s no chance of seeing this car compete at Le Mans. Although, we could see a real world version of it taking to racetracks around the world with the goal of beating lap records, similarly to the ID.R.