Renault R.S. 2027 Vision concept predicts F1's future

Renault's R.S. 2027 Vision concept car will show the future of F1 cars at the Shanghai Motor Show

Renault has set its designers loose to come up with a vision for how Formula One racing cars could look in 10 years’ time - and the result is the R.S. 2027 Vision, which has been unveiled at the 2017 Shanghai Motor Show

The R.S. 2027 Vision is meant to improve the F1 spectacle for the fans - so it gets a transparent cockpit that would allow supporters a better view of the driver working behind the wheel. The driver’s helmet is also transparent, allowing fans to potentially see the faces of the sport’s top stars as they compete.

• Best concept cars at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show

The show car’s bodywork is 3D-printed and, Renault claims, tailored to the shape of the driver’s body. It incorporates LED-based information displays in the wheels, allowing the car to provide relevant information - its position in the race, or its remaining reserves of energy - every time it passes the grandstands. Telemetry data would also be available to spectators, giving them a better understanding of the action.

The concept’s powerplant is based on a turbocharged V6 engine - a development of the current set-up in F1. However, the R.S. 2027 gets a smaller fuel tank (60kg compared with today’s 105kg) and batteries with a higher energy density than the current F1 spec. They power a pair of 250kW electric motors that have enough shove for the car to be driven in all-electric mode during suitable parts of the race (such as the warm-up lap, safety car periods and pits activity).

The R.S. 2027 is purely a concept for now. But F1 is under new ownership and the sport’s bosses have vowed to make improvements to the spectator experience. Renault’s show car is a clear statement of intent from the French brand on how it would like the sport to develop over the next decade.

Beyond the physical concept, the company suggests that the F1 weekend could incorporate a shorter race, split into a longer segment and then a ‘final sprint’, and a rookie night race for up-and-coming drivers that could be held on the Friday evening of every race weekend. It also proposes standardised components that could be shared across all teams, cutting the costs of entry to the sport for new manufacturers.

What would you like to see from F1 in ten years' time? Let us know below.

Recommended

New Renault 5 electric car confirmed for production in 2024
Renault 5 at 2021 Munich show
Renault

New Renault 5 electric car confirmed for production in 2024

Retro-styled reborn R5 electric hatch will go on sale in 2024 with a starting price that could be around £17,500
7 Sep 2021
New 2022 Mobilize Limo unveiled with focus on car-sharing
Mobilize Limo
News

New 2022 Mobilize Limo unveiled with focus on car-sharing

Renault’s new Mobilize sub-brand has revealed the first of its four car-sharing models - the Limo
27 Aug 2021
New Renault 4 confirmed: retro electric crossover on the way
Renault 4 - front (watermarked)
Renault

New Renault 4 confirmed: retro electric crossover on the way

The new 4ever concept car will preview the forthcoming small, cheap and utilitarian EV
30 Jun 2021
Best 60s cars: the 30 greatest cars of the 1960s
Best cars of the 60s - header
Best cars & vans

Best 60s cars: the 30 greatest cars of the 1960s

The swinging sixties brought a vast array of unforgettable cars that would establish the path of the industry for decades to come. We pick our top 30 …
21 Jun 2021

Most Popular

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV
Range Rover leak - front
Land Rover Range Rover

New 2022 Range Rover leaks: first look at new Land Rover flagship SUV

Images of what could be the next Range Rover have appeared on social media ahead of next week’s reveal
20 Oct 2021
New Kia EV6 2021 review
Kia EV6 front tracking
Kia EV6

New Kia EV6 2021 review

With a sporty drive, 300-plus miles of range and plenty of tech - could the new Kia EV6 be one of the best electric cars on sale?
19 Oct 2021
Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911
Porsche 911
Porsche 911 Coupe

Friends reunited: buying back a Porsche 911

How perfect timing led a Porsche 911 fanatic to buy back his old car
14 Oct 2021