Renault motorsport put on an impressive display to delight packed crowds at the sun-soaked Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend as the company celebrated their involvement in 100 years of motorsport. Leading members of the Renault F1 Team...
Renault motorsport put on an impressive display to delight packed crowds at the sun-soaked Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend as the company celebrated their involvement in 100 years of motorsport.
Leading members of the Renault F1 Team were in attendance to demonstrate the performance of cars from past and present on the hill as static displays showed off more of the company's winning machinery.
After unveiling the new Mégane roadcar in its public debut, Renault F1 Team driver Jenson Button demonstrated the company's advanced technology from a century before by driving their 1902 Paris-Vienna race-winning car.
Button also drove a road-going V6 Clio from Renault's current range as well as his 2002 race car, while the Managing Director of F1 France, Jean Jacques His, played his part in the festival by driving the 1935 Monte Carlo Rally-winning Nerva Sport.
"It was a magnificent weekend!" His declared. "To have such an incredible array of machinery and passionate fans in one place made the event into something truly memorable. To walk around the paddock was like stepping into a fantasy world and having the chance to drive up the famous hill was a truly special opportunity."
Technical Director Mike Gascoyne also got his hands on some classic Renault equipment when he drove the Renault 5 Maxi-Turbo rally car that won Tour de Corse in 1985.
The amazing Espace F1 people carrier, designed in 1993 around the chassis and engine of a Williams-Renault Grand Prix racing car, made its on-track return almost ten years since it astonished crowds at the European Grand Prix in the mid-1990s.
That was just one of the 50-plus Renault machines on display as the company took centre stage in front of the Goodwood House stately home with an impressive array of cars to showcase their involvement in motorsport from its humble beginnings right through to the technologically-advanced present day.
Sculptor Gerry Judah worked with the head of Renault's road car design studio, Thierry Metroz, to create a dramatic structure in the shape of a feather, on which six Renault-powered world championship winning cars were suspended as the centrepiece of the display.
The steel 'canopy', based around a theme of movement, was astonishing and creator Judah said: "It appealed to Renault's sense of adventure in design, trying to achieve not just a car sculpture but a sense of fun and playfulness."