Renault returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again this year, celebrating 40 years since its first Formula One Grand Prix.
As well as showing off its first major race-winning car, Renault will have an impressive display of other racing cars ranging from single seaters to endurance and rallying icons that celebrate its racing heritage.
Not only that, but also some very special concept models and production cars will be on show at Goodwood, showcasing Renault’s vision for the future.
This year’s Festival of Speed theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’. Renault’s history of motorsport involvement is littered with game-changing race cars. One such example certain to catch the eye of F1 fans will be the historic 1977 Renault F1 RS 01, the very first turbocharged Formula One car. Participating in arguably the most iconic aspect of the Festival of Speed, the Hillclimb, the remarkable car will be demonstrating its performance to motorsport enthusiasts once again.
Representing the very best of current Renault motorsport will be the R.S.17 F1 car, driven this season by Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer. The 2017 Renault-e.dams Formula E car joins the R.S.17 on the Renault stand as the current world champions arrive at the Festival fresh from victory at the Berlin ePrix. Inspired by three years of success in the FIA Formula E, the ZOE e-Sport Concept will be also present.
Driving last year’s R.S.16 F1 car up the hill – a car that signifies Renault’s return to Formula One as a Constructor – will be current Renault Sport Formula One Team driver Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport Racing Formula One Team third driver Sergey Sirotkin and former Formula One star Robert Kubica. Having returned to the cockpit to test the 2012 specification, Renault V8-powered E20 last month after a six-year absence, Kubica will take to the 1.6-mile hillclimb on Sunday.
The Renault Sport 2027 Vision Concept will also be on the stand, displaying Renault’s vision for the future of Formula One. Making its UK debut, the car provides a more human-centric centre to the sport. Environmentally respectful it is also safer, yet with higher performance.