While the Shanghai Motor Show hasn’t been barren of interesting concepts, probably the worldwide audience will be drawn the most towards Renault’s creation.
The French automaker, known for its involvement in the Formula One world, has taken a leap of faith in time for the Chinese show to present its vision for the F1 car from a decade onwards – the 2027 model is an EV with an even more focused driver approach. The concept R.S. 2027 is a 600-kg (1,322-lbs) closed-cockpit racer packed with 1,340 hp (1,000 kW) for a power-to-weight ratio never seen before in motorsport. This F1 car is even all wheel drive, complete with four-wheel steering, and still has a small internal combustion engine, but the larger battery systems are about five times as powerful as those currently used today.
Renault wants to still emphasize the driver in this sport, so the closed-cockpit design includes a transparent cockpit with a transparent helmet – while other perks include active LED lighting and active aerodynamic parts such as active wings. Safety is well served via the canopy, two titanium “pop-up” roll-over bars. “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,” has commented Renault F1 managing director Cyril Abiteboul.