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2007 Renault ING R27 news, pictures, and information
ING Renault F1 Team Unveils the New R27The ING Renault F1 Team roars into F1 wîth the launch of its R27 racer, aiming for continued on-track success. The ING Renault F1 Team nailed its new colors to the mast wîth the launch of the all-new R27 F1 car and a striking visual identity.
The ING Renault F1 Team signales its arrival in Formula 1 in style, wîth a spectacular media presentation in front of 600 VIPs and media in Amsterdam today (1/24/2007). Winners of consecutive world championships in 2005 and 2006, the team proudly unveiled new title partner ING and the striking new livery that will adorn the R27 cars throughout the 2007 season and beyond.
Renault F1 Team President Alain Dassas spoke of 'exciting challenges' for the coming season, which will see the team's championship campaign spearheaded by Italian Giancarlo Fisichella, in his third season wîth the team, and Finnish rookie Heikki Kovalainen.
'Double championship success in 2005 and 2006 has earned Renault its status as a major force in Formula 1,' asserted Dassas. 'Our Formula 1 championship success is a benchmark of excellence that we aim to meet in every area of our operations. The Renault F1 Team's performance culture reflects the ambitious objectives of our company-wide plan, Renault Commitment 2009. Consecutive double championships are concrete proof that Renault can win in a demanding environment where success demands quality, technical excellence and reliability.
'We must now live up to that reputation. The team will present a fresh face to the world wîth the arrival of ING as our new title partner, and we are proud to welcome this major, global financial institution to Formula 1. But on track, our challenge will remain the same: we will be asking our technical teams and drivers to make Renault a championship contender in 2007.'
|Engine : 2.4 L., 8-cylinder|
The ING Renault F1 Team's 2007 challenger has been christened R27. The new car represents an evolution of the design philosophy that won world championship success in 2005 and 2006. Every part of the car has been designed to meet demanding performance criteria that will enable the team to maintain its front-running performance. The aerodynamic packaging represents a further step forward over its predecessor in terms of overall efficiency, and innovative solutions have been employed in a number of areas to achieve improved performance under stable technical regulations. The car also features a new ‘instantaneous gearchange' seven-speed gearbox, and has been designed wîth maximum set-up flexibility in order that its dynamic characteristics can be tuned to suit the Bridgestone Potenza tires that will be used by every team in 2007.
'I am very proud of the team's work on R27,' commented Technical Director Bob Bell. 'We have enjoyed two seasons of remarkable success, but there is no complacency at all at Renault. Finding performance under stable regulations always obeys the law of diminishing returns, but our technical group has worked hard to innovate and ensure that the new car represents a genuine step forward over its predecessor in every area.'
The new car will be powered by the 2.4L V8 RS27 engine, which has been designed to the requirements of the ‘engine homologation' regulations which will be in force for 2007 and beyond. Conceived to limit expenditure on engine development, these rules specify that no performance improvements can be made to the engine relative to the definitive specification that will be submitted to the FIA by 1 March 2007. The engine is based on the RS26 V8 engine that competed in the Chinese and Japanese Grands Prix last season, and has been re-tuned in line wîth modifications permitted by the regulations for the new maximum rev limit of 19,000 rpm that will be imposed on all competitors.
'Our work for 2007 has been very different to previous years,' revealed the team's Deputy Managing Director (Engine), Rob White. 'Rather than designing a new engine, as we have done every season since 2001, the regulations have limited our work to optimizing how the engine operates within the new 19,000 rpm rev limit. Our development work has been conducted within the framework of the new rules and although the engine will be called RS27, it contains just 10% new parts – compared to over 95% in previous years. However, it remains one of the most advanced competition engines in the world, operating in an extreme environment, wîth tiny margins for error. As always, our goal will be to achieve the only acceptable objective for a topline Formula 1 engine: zero-defect reliability. We have worked hard to blend this wîth competitive performance for the season ahead.'
The RS27 engine will also equip the cars of Red Bull Racing during the 2007 season, under the terms of a new engine supply agreement. The agreement specifies that both teams will use the same specification of engine, and a team of Renault F1 Team engineers will provide trackside support to Red Bull Racing. The new agreement marks the continuation of a tradition that begin in 1983, and which has seen customer Renault engines win 80 Grands Prix since that time. 'We are very much lòòking forward to the new challenge, which is part of Renault's racing tradition,' explained the team's Head of Engine Track Operations Denis Chevrier. 'We will be lòòking to derive maximum benefit from every kilometer completed by a Renault engine, to improve the performance and reliability of all four Renault engines on track. But Red Bull Racing will remain a competitor like any other for the ING Renault F1 Team. We have established very clear operating principles for the new relationship, and look forward to an honest, trusting collaboration wîth our new partners.'Source - Renault
Renault's R27: Team goes 'Orange'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.
When looking at the R27 it is easy to see that the nose remains practically the same from that of a year ago. The wider nose shape continues along with the full-length cascading wing. The V-keel also appears untouched, but the R27 unveiled at the launch is minus the nose flaps that appeared a few times last season. The overall design from this point back remains rather unchanged in appearance to the R26. However, the R27 does include some refinements to maximize efficiency of airflow.
The sidepods are taller overall. The radiator cooling inlets have been redesigned. Of course, one of the obvious changes and revolutionary ideas has been the incorporation of the rear-view mirrors with the sidepod flicks. Ferrari's 248 of last year employed rear-view mirrors placed further out on the sidepods. This gave the drivers a better view of the rear tires and how they were wearing. Renault took this design a step further. Since sidepod flicks have become a mainstay design feature, incorporating the mirrors into the design was logical. Another interesting design innovation also included the sidepod flicks. Instead of there being the sidepod flick and the rear-wheel flicks as two separate pieces of the bodywork, the Renault R27 brings the two components together, and thus, helps to direct airflow.
The R27 maintains the double-deck rear flicks as used last year, as well as, the chimney and T-wing arrangement. The airbox, above the driver's head has been redesigned with a larger mouth opening. Missing on the R27 for the first time in a few years are the shark-like gills or louvers that had been featured on previous Renaults to aid in cooling. The smaller V8 and the fact of the chimneys being retained could mean all the aid necessary to keep the R27 cool under the cowling. The R27 includes a redesign of the exhaust pipe chimneys from the R26. And given pre-season testing, Renault also looks to be experimenting with the controversial rear-wheel aero-shrouds.
At the rear of the car, not all that much has changed. The rear end of the cowling is again tightly wrapped with the dorsal fin style cowling being on display prominently in its new color scheme. During testing, the R27 has been seen with a double post rear-wing support setup, but no doubt will run with the single center post design. At last year's high speed events Renault's rear wing sported the single post design, relying on the endplates for extra support. Given the fact that the R27 was unveiled with the same style rear-wing and center-post arrangement, it is fair to say that the same wing design will appear throughout this season.
Of course the other keys to the R27's performance lay underneath the cowling and in areas out of sight. The same V8 that powered the team to the driver's and constructor's championships lies under the hood. The engine has proven itself to be powerful but also very reliable, suffering only two major breakdowns. Then, of course, the other component meant to harness that power and reliability is the seam-less gearbox.
For the past two years Renault has been at the top of the Formula One world. However, this year marks something new for Renault, and not just a new car. This will be the team's first year without the man that earned the team the driver's championship—Fernando Alonso. Have the tweaks and new designs done enough? Do Fisichella and Kovalainen have the talent and the machine to be champions; to help ING's investment payoff? It takes commitment to be successful in Formula One, especially financial. Over the 2007 season it will be seen whether Renault has the capital necessary to keep its place at the top.By Jeremy McMullen
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ING Renault F1 Team2007 Season
Engine: Renault RS27
2009 Entry: R29
2008 Entry: R28
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