With preparations for World Series by Renault in full swing and the new single seater, developed from the Dallara chassis, right on schedule, yesterday saw the new car take to the track for the first time at Italy's Vairano circuit, under the keen eye of all the Renault Sport staff and partners.
With Jonathan Cochet behind the wheel, the roar of the new 425bhp 3.5l V6 engine was soon to be heard trackside at Vairano, just south of Milan, and the first few kilometres were reassuring to watch. The engine has already demonstrated its potential in the course of exactly 18 hours of bench tests. "We are happy with this first outing, commented development manager Jerôme Mortal. This was very much a warm-up. The result is as expected and we're confident for the future."
The new single seater, intended for the 30 drivers participating in the World Series 2005 championship, is now to embark on an exhaustive development process. "On the track, we'll be making sure that the technical performance is compliant with the initial specs, pointed out Jean-Paul Mari, Renault Sport's Motor Racing and Communications director. Now the car's on the track, we can really roll up our sleeves and get to work on getting the reliability and the dynamics right."
With an intensive schedule ahead, the Renault Sport development team has organised several test sessions before the end of the year. Jaime Alguersuari, Chairman of RPM Racing, was keen to stress: "the World Series 2005 is in full swing - racing schedule, teams, the car, we've got everything in place to be able to stage superb meetings next year".