Renault Sport Formula One Team launches the R.S.17 in London
Renault Sport Formula One Team today launched its 2017 challenger, the R.S.17, at a showcase event in front of international media and team partners, in London, England. Highlighting new partners and sponsors including BP, Castrol and MAPFRE, the launch was also the first public revealing of the new Renault Sport brand identity, designed to provide a stronger link between Renault Sport Racing and Renault Sport Cars.
Powered by Renault Sport Racing’s R.E.17 power unit, the R.S.17 has no carry over parts from the R.S.16. The team has worked from a clean sheet of paper to respond to Formula 1’s latest regulations. It is the first Formula 1 car designed from the outset by Renault Sport Racing from its two locations in Enstone, England and Viry-Châtillon, France.
Present at the launch were Thierry Koskas, Groupe Renault Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Jérôme Stoll, President and Cyril Abiteboul, Managing Director of Renault Sport Racing, as well as Renault Sport Formula One Team’s senior management and drivers, and Alain Prost as Renault Sport Racing Special Advisor.
The R.S.17 was unveiled by race drivers Nico Hülkenberg and Jolyon Palmer, whilst Third and Reserve Driver Sergey Sirotkin was also announced today.
The car was unveiled with the hashtag #RS17Launch.
The 2017 Renault Sport Academy line-up was also confirmed, with Jack Aitken, Max Fewtrell, Jarno Opmeer and Sun Yue Yang all being supported by Renault Sport Racing through their 2017 seasons. Jack will contest the GP3 Series, whilst Max, Jarno and Sun will contest the Formula Renault Eurocup in an historic-high 30-cars-grid.
Jérôme Stoll, President of Renault Sport Racing:
“The R.S.17 is the first car which Enstone and Viry have been able to plan and develop from the outset and we’re satisfied by the fruits of this interaction. It’s a beautiful car. As well as the excitement of the R.S.17 itself, we also have a highly important new partner FOR MORE INFORMATION: Renault Sport Formula One Team press office email@example.com Renault Sport Formula One Team media site www.renaultsport.com Username: renaultsport Password: mediaf1 in BP through their BP and Castrol brands. For 2017 our performance targets are clear. We want to take a definite, tangible step forward in performance and results. Fifth position in the Constructors’ Championship is our goal.”
Cyril Abiteboul, Renault Sport Racing Managing Director:
“For 2017 we are perfectly placed to take the step forward we all desire. The R.S.17 is the result of many long working hours spent over our two integrated locations and the result is a car we can be proud of. We have a strong line-up of personnel at all levels of the team and we’re proud to see Nico and Sergey join Jolyon in 2017. We are joined by a strong group of partners with BP, Castrol, MAPFRE and SMP Racing representing the best pre-season sponsorship acquisition campaign in the paddock. We are the fastest growing F1 team and we now need to prove our performance on track. Our objective is to score points at every round.”
R.S.17 technical specification
|Chassis||Moulded carbon fibre and aluminium honeycomb composite monocoque, manufactured by Renault Sport Formula One Team and designed for maximum strength with minimum weight. Renault Sport power unit installed as a fully-stressed member.
|Front Suspension||Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones operate an inboard rocker via a pushrod system. This is connected to torsion bar and damper units which are mounted inside the front of the monocoque. Aluminium uprights and OZ machined magnesium wheels.
|Rear Suspension||Carbon fibre top and bottom wishbones with pull rod operated torsion bars and transverse-mounted damper units mounted inside the gearbox casing. Aluminium uprights and OZ machined magnesium wheels.
|Transmission||Eight-speed semi-automatic titanium gearbox with reverse gear. “Quickshift” system in operation to maximise speed of gearshifts.
|Fuel System||Kevlar-reinforced rubber fuel cell by ATL.
|Electrical||MES-Microsoft Standard Electronic Control Unit.
|Braking System||Carbon discs and pads. Calipers by Brembo S.p.A. Master cylinders by AP Racing.
|Cockpit||Removable driver’s seat made of anatomically formed carbon composite, with six-point harness seat belt. Steering wheel integrates gear change paddles, clutch paddles, and rear wing adjuster.
Dimensions and Weight
Front Track: 1600mm
Rear Track: 1550mm
Overall Height: 950mm
Overall Width: 2000mm
Overall Weight: 722kg, with driver, cameras and ballast
R.E.17 technical specification
|Number of cylinders||6|
|Pressure charging||Single turbocharger, unlimited boost pressure (typical 5 bar abs)|
|Fuel flow limit||100kg/h|
|Permitted Fuel quantity per race||105kg|
|Number of valves||4 per cylinder, 24|
|Fuel||Direct fuel injection|
|Energy Recovery Systems|
|MGU-K rpm||Max 50,000rpm|
|MGU-K power||Max 120kW|
|Energy recovered by MGU-K||Max 2 MJ/lap|
|Energy released by MGU-K||Max 4 MJ/lap|
|Energy recovered by MGU-H||Unlimited|
|Number of Power Units permitted per driver in 2017||4
|Total horsepower||More than 900hp|