Renault's R27: Team goes 'Orange'
By: Jeremy McMullen
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By: Jeremy McMullen
| To those who have ING accounts, ever wonder where the money goes when it is transferred to the big 'orange' bank? The answer is: It goes to help pay for the ING Renault F1 team. Proudly displayed as the team's title sponsor, ING looks to invest in the constructors champions for the past two seasons and hopes it will yield great profits. To achieve that return, ING and Renault invested much time and effort in its newest contender.
In the beautiful city of Amsterdam, where there quite possibly are more miles of waterways than roads, the new ING Renault team revealed its R27 chassis. Artistic and colorful dancing, as well as, an array of video and light presentations were part of the festivities leading up to the new R27 being lowered before the audience in all its new colorful majesty. Adorned in its new sponsor's colors, very little of the old yellow and blue paint scheme remains. And yet, it's not just the paint scheme that's new on the R27.
The Renault team is not just starting out 2007 with a new sponsor. There are many questions hanging in the air for the back-to-back constructors champions. Minus the talent and ability of two-time champion Fernando Alonso, it is easy to wonder whether the Renault team will remain at the top. Of course there has to be more pressure on Fisichella to pick up the mantle and take the team to victory. However, Renault believes that it has given their drivers a car capable of success.
The basis or capability for success comes from the fact that the R27 isn't entirely 'new'. The new Renault still bears many things in common with the R26 of a year ago. However, the R27 does sport some interesting and radical changes over the R26. Yet, many of the new design features on the R27 are refinements of already existing concepts. However, these refinements and the new paint scheme, no doubt, give the Renault the appearance of being something entirely new.