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Renault’s take on the future of Formula One

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Renault's take on the future of Formula One

Renault has flagged some controversial ideas for Formula One. 

The French brand has outlined its vision for the pinnacle of motorsport with a new R.S. 2027 Vision concept shown at the 2017 Shanghai motor show. 

The concept shows plans to move in the same direction as many car makers are aiming to direct future production cars with electric and autonomous features at the forefront. 

Renault's take on the future of Formula One

Renault shows the 2027 Vision having a fuel tank half the size of current cars as racers will rely more on electric power, with a fully electric mode to be used in pit lane. 

An autonomous driving feature is flagged to take over when there has been an accident with the idea of making racers safer along with an ultra-strong cockpit canopy made of polycarbonate to protect drivers during impacts. 

The concept also breaks down some ideas on how to bring more fans into the sport. One idea is to incorporate active LED lighting into the wheels and moving aerodynamics to create a theoretical moving light show. While another suggestion would be create transparent cockpit and helmets while also being able to view live telemetry data, which will give audiences unbridled access to drivers during the action. 

Renault's take on the future of Formula One

While the concept might seem a bit farfetched the managing director of Renault Sport Racing, Cyril Abiteboul, said, “One role of Renault Sport Racing is to anticipate the future of Formula 1 so that it draws a maximum number of fans in an environment consistent with Groupe Renault’s objectives.

“We look forward to generating inspired conversations with the racing community, fans and enthusiasts through this concept that highlights our ideas and desires.” said Abiteboul.

Formula One is currently investigating its next generation of rules under new commercial rights holders, Liberty Media. New engine and aerodynamic regulations are likely to be introduced for the 2021 season.

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