French brand predicts what the F1 racer of tomorrow will look and perform like; connected and autonomous tech included

The Renault RS 2027 Vision concept is the French brand’s prediction of what motorsport’s top category racers could look like in 10 years time.

Revealed at the Shanghai motor show, the car uses a hybrid powertrain that produces 1341bhp (1 megawatt), giving the 600kg RS 2027 Vision a power-to-weight of 2235bhp/ton which is around 1000bhp/ton more than today’s racers.

The drivetrain is made up of a turbocharged V6 engine and two-part kinetic energy recovery system that produces up to 500kW – more than four times the output of today’s systems. It sends power to all four wheels and can be driven in all-electric mode in the pits and during safety car periods.

Renault expects future races to be shorter, so has given the car a fuel tank that can carry 60kg of fuel instead of the 105kg of today’s cars.

The car’s structure retains a conventional singe-seater layout but adds a protective polycarbonate canopy, allowing for a wider cockpit opening and therefore better view of the driver. The car itself is made from 3D printing technology and uses recycled materials to boost sustainability.

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Autonomous modes are used during safety car periods to ensure the car holds its position evenly with others, and car to car communication enables drivers to keep track of their rivals at all time.

This connected technology also gives fans access to each car’s data, and allows connected gamers to participate virtually in real time. Renault’s plan for F1 also takes inspiration from Formula E, adding fan boost which rewards the driver that’s received the highest social media action during a race with extra power on the final laps.

The car is purely a concept and demonstration of what Renault’s racing arm thinks F1 could look like in a decade. Cyril Abiteboul, managing director of Renault Sport Racing 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.”

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