Renaultsport Presents New Formula 2.0 Car

It seems that Renault really likes motorsports as it has its own Formula 1 team, it’s involved in both the GP2 Series and the future GP3 Series, and still has time and resources to organize Formula Renault 1.6 and Formula Renault 2.0 championships worldwide, as well as World Series by Renault (ex Formula Renault 3.5).

Ever since the French automaker took over Formula France in 2000, its cars have used a chassis made by Tatuus. Now, they decided it was time to replace the chassis and so they did. The new one is built in-house by Renaultsport and is made of carbon fiber.

The race car features a 2.0 liter engine from the Renault Clio RS and a seven-speed semi-automatic gearbox. The car costs about 57,000 euros, and running costs are 10 percent lower than with the old model. Just in case things don’t go as planned, the new chassis meets the FIA's crash standards laid out for Formula 3.

The new Formula Renault 2.0 car was intensely tested by 2007 UK Formula Renault Champion Duncan Tappy, who said: "I last tested the outgoing car in 2008 which meant I had something fresh to compare the new car too. My first impressions are that it is a much more together, more stable car which I believe drivers will find more enjoyable and ultimately more rewarding to drive.

"The car lends itself to more of an F3 driving style and at high speeds you can really feel the aerodynamics working. The paddle-shift gearbox is also very easy to use with smooth changes both up and down. Overall I have to say it's a better all-round package," said Tappy.
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