Espace F1 is a unique, one-of-a-kind experimental model, the result of boundless know-how, daring engineering and limitless imagination.
A daring challenge, and a great success!
In 1994, Williams-Renault carried off the Formula 1 World Constructors’ championship for the third year on the trot. Renault V10 would go on to win three more constructors’ titles.
This resounding success was celebrated with one of Renault’s more eccentric developments: Renault Espace F1. The engineers at Renault and Matra took up the daring challenge of developing a Formule 1 MPV made of composite materials.
A somewhat eccentric Formule 1 car
The rear axle, gearbox and rear-centre positioned engine were taken from the Williams FW14 Formula 1 car that triumphed in the 1992 World Championship, while a special front axle was designed and the Espace structure was reinforced.
This Formule 1 car in city clothes was unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October 1994 and was mainly used by Renault for promotional purposes. A few well-known personalities were lucky enough to be taken for a drive in it by Eric Bernard or Alain Prost, and the Espace F1 was also used as a safety car on a few circuits.