Renault has unveiled the futuristic R.S. 2027 Vision concept racing car at the Shanghai Auto Show.
The design study embodies Renault’s vision of Formula 1 in the year 2027, when the French carmaker says there will be a greater focus on the drivers and more electric racing.
As a result, Renault designers have created a transparent cockpit as well as a transparent helmet that allow the drivers to be seen in the heat of the action. There will also be more interaction between the cars and greater connection with spectators. For example, fans will be able to view the telemetry data of their favourite driver.
But more importantly for drivers, racing in the R.S. 2027 Vision will be a lot safer thanks to an autonomous mode that can be activated in the case of an accident, along with an ultra-resistant polycarbonate cockpit canopy to protect against impact.
The race car also gets four-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and high-energy density batteries; Renault envisages a more ‘environmentally-friendly’ form of F1 where fuel tank capacity has been halved over the coming 10 years. There’s also a full-electric mode for use along the pit lane.
As for the car’s exterior, things look more spectacular, with active LED lighting incorporated into the wheels and moving aerodynamic parts such as the car’s active wings.
The R.S. 2027 Vision also features the C-shaped lighting signature that has become a familiar hallmark of Renault’s road vehicles.
“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,” says Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing. “We look forward to generating inspired conversations with the racing community, fans and enthusiasts through this concept that highlights our ideas and desires.”