RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40

Renault had never come so close to winning the constructors’ championship as with RE40 in 1983, its best season during the turbo years.

RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40 front end

1983: the rise in power

Renault had been edging its way up the World Formule 1 ranking since 1980. After a lukewarm start, Alain Prost achieved a glittering victory in the French Grand Prix. By now there could be no doubt as to the supremacy of the turbocharged engine, pioneered by Renault back in 1975. The French brand was up against very stiff competition from Ferrari, Brabham-BMW and Williams-Honda.

An achievement for the Turbo

Prost fought his hardest to stay at the top, claiming first places at Spa, Silverstone and Zeltweg, and earning podium positions at San Marino, Monaco and Brands Hatch. But though the 1983 season was Renault’s best in the turbo period, it had to make do with second place in the constructors’ ranking.

RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40 at the starting line
RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40 with mechanics
RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40 racing
RENAULT F1 TYPE RE40 on the race track

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