Renault Sport Technologies has named Arnaud Boulanger as its new Director of Motorsport. With 20 years of experience in Formula One behind him, Boulanger takes over the post from Jean-Pascal Dauce, who has been appointed Engineering and Projects VP at the newly created company Alpine Caterham.

After leaving the French graduate engineering school ENSAM with a degree in engineering, Arnaud Boulanger began his career at Renault Sport Formula One in 1992.

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In January 1995 he took charge of Benetton’s engine testing team and then took over as the Enstone-based team’s Chief Race Engineer for the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

In 1999 Arnaud Boulanger joined the Renault Formula One Team as its Principle R&D Engineer before becoming Head of Renault Liaison and Advanced Projects and then taking the helm at the Process Engineering and Reliability department, during which time he contributed to the two consecutive world titles Renault won in 2005 and 2006.

When Renault Formula One Team became Lotus Formula One Team, Arnaud Boulanger stayed on as Head of Process Engineering prior to taking charge of the team’s external projects. He joins Renault Sport Technologies today as its Director of Motorsport.

“After 20 years in Formula One, this opportunity will allow me to take on new challenges,” he said.

“Thanks to the work carried out over the last few years by Jean-Pascal Dauce and his team, Renault Sport has gone about its motorsport activities while focusing on the basics, namely a level playing field in terms of sport and technology, cost control and the development of a range that meets customer expectations.

I am delighted to be applying my experience and passion for motorsport for the benefit of Renault Sport Technologies.”

Meanwhile, Jean-Pascal Dauce has taken on a new challenge as Alpine Caterham’s Engineering and Projects VP.

He said: “The five years I have spent as the head of motorsport at Renault Sport Technologies have allowed me to share my passion with a number of motorsport stakeholders.

I am satisfied with what we have built and developed as well as the development formulae in rally and the World Series by Renault. Through this unique concept, Renault has shown just what motorsport can bring to a car manufacturer.

Our team has been totally committed to training young drivers, and we are proud that 50 percent of drivers in Formula One today have emerged from our development programme.

After Renault, Renault Formula One Team and then Renault Sport Technologies I am now joining the Alpine Caterham project, which the Renault Sport Technologies and Caterham Technology and Innovation teams have been working on for several months now.

It is a highly motivating challenge for me.”

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