Renault: a turbo saga for 40 years
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Formula 1 victory of the first turbo engine, Renault invites you to discover, or rediscover, an exceptional range of turbocharged vehicles. The show is a chance to find out more about Renault’s central and pioneering role in the introduction and use of turbo engines in Formula 1 racing as well as the transfer of this technology from motorsport to production vehicles.
The principle of supercharging that later gave rise to the turbocharger was devised back in 1902 by Louis Renault. In that year, he filed an invention patent on the means of “increasing the gas intake pressure in cylinders [via] a fan or a small compressor”.
Renault sees motorsport in general, and Formula 1 in particular, as a laboratory and showcase for its technological know-how. In addition to Renault’s passion for sporting challenges and its taste for victory, motorsport is a fantastic opportunity for developing leading-edge technologies that later benefit production vehicles, either directly or indirectly.
Since 1977, Renault’s Formula 1 commitment has made it a major player in the discipline, recognized not just for its titles but also for the innovations featured on its single-seaters and those that it has powered to success. The heritage of this major innovation having revolutionized Formula 1 continues today, as seen in the return of the V6 hybrid turbo engines to Formula 1 in 2014. This achievement pays testament to Renault’s vision.
By taking up the challenge of the new regulation, Renault has drawn on all of its expertise as a Formula 1 engine supplier to further technological innovation. This is a major advantage for its production models, and has been for 40 years now.
The transfer of technology from F1 to production cars is embodied by a selection of models selected by Renault Classic.
Renault is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its first, revolutionary Formula 1 victory, a 1979 RS 10 together with a selection of emblematic production cars.
These models show how Renault, starting in 1980, transferred the technical expertise in turbocharging acquired in motorsport to its production range.