Technical Highlight Formula Renault 2000--High technology, controlled costs The Formula Renault 2000 Championship will get underway this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, and the North American Championship represents the newest market...
Formula Renault 2000--High technology, controlled costs
The Formula Renault 2000 Championship will get underway this weekend at Phoenix International Raceway, and the North American Championship represents the newest market for the Formula Renault 2000 platform, which is used in two international championships as well as ten domestic championships on four continents--Europe, South and North America, and Asia.
The one-make category provides teams and drivers with equal performance, high safety standards, and reduced running and maintenance costs. Extremely innovative, it incorporates the kind of technology and know-how that was hitherto F1's exclusive preserve and also offers unrivalled vale for money in performance terms. It even has the look of a scaled-down F1 car, with its elegant carbon and aluminum honeycomb chassis, striking aerodynamically efficient lines, raised nose, protective cockpit surrounds and light weight.
The car was designed to be a useful learning tool for drivers across the globe and so was designed with driver safety as a priority, as the monocoque, crash-box, and roll-hoop meet the strict safety standards the FIA applies to F3 cars.
Taken from the 2.0 Clio Renault Sport, the four cylinder, 16-valve engine develops 180 bhp and features a dry sump. It is mated to a six-speed sequential dog gearbox and the car gets the power to the pavement via a limited slip differential and features a twin-plate hydraulic clutch.
Four large ventilated discs with four-piston calipers ensure powerful durable braking and the system incorporates a cockpit-mounted bias adjustor. The suspension is easily adjusted to suit any kind of track and is attached to the chassis in such a way so as to not perforate the monocoque in the event of an accident.
The North American Formula Renault Championships are sanctioned by Grand American, and provide a ladder for drivers to develop their talent, with a full in-house open-wheel progression available. The 2004 season will get underway April 8-10 at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Formula Renault V6 Championship is the top rung on the North American Formula Renault Championship ladder, which also includes the North American Formula Renault 1600 Championship and the North American Formula Renault 2000 Championship. The Formula Renault V6 is expected to make its North American competition debut in the latter stages of the 2004 North American Formula Renault 2000 season.
<pre> Formula Renault 2000 Technical Information:
Dashboard LCD Display, Programmable Bodywork Fiberglass Engine In-line four cylinder 16 valves Capacity 1998cc Bore x stroke 82.7 x 92 MM Compression ratio 12.2 Horsepower 180 @6300 RPM Electronic Management Magneti Marelli Transmission Six forward speed dog box, sequential gear selection, limited-slip differential Suspension Front: Push-rods and single damper, adjustable for rebound and compression Rear: Push-rods and two dampers, adjustable for rebound and compression Brake Calipers Four-Piston Brake Discs Ventilated discs: 274 x 17.5 MM Brake Balance Cockpit adjustable Wheels Front-8x13 inches Rear-10x13 inches Fuel capacity 38 Liters Wheelbase 2645 MM Weight 1067 lbs