Published on : April 20th 2017
R.S.2027 Vision, a concept-car exploring the future of F1
April 20th 2017

R.S. 2027 Vision: 50 years of Renault Formula 1 drawing from the past, envisioning the future

As Renault prepares to celebrate 40 years of involvement in Formula 1 in 2017, the R.S. 2027 Vision concept envisions F1 at 50. Renault’s design team created it in collaboration with Renault Sport Racing. In addition to all the fundamentals expected from a Formula 1 car, it also features Renault and Renault Sport cues, including the logos and emblems of both brands.

  • The R.S. 2027 Vision concept carries over some of the classic attributes of Renault’s very first Formula 1 car the RS01 from 1977 such as its V6 turbocharged engine. Elements like its peripheral rear wing and livery provide similar flashbacks.
  • Like the Espace F1 in the mid-1990s, the R.S. 2027 Vision comes in Renault Sport’s traditional yellow-and-black Formula 1 colour scheme. In this case, the colours are embellished with a metallic finish that enhances the car’s visual appeal. The yellow particularly stands out for its gold leaf effect embodying quality, technological prowess and high performance.

The R.S. 2027 Vision concept not only seeks to pay tribute to four decades of Renault dedication, innovation and success in Formula 1, but also underlines a strong commitment to the future.

Renault: passion for life - customers backed by 40 years of success in Formula 1

An commitment driven by innovation

Renault sees motorsport as a formidable opportunity for the development of cutting-edge technologies that go on to benefit its road vehicles, either directly or indirectly.

Since its Formula 1 debut in 1977, Renault has consistently played an important role in the sport, pioneering ambitious, avant-garde technologies fuelled by its passion.

  • The V6 turbo engine that powered the Renault RS01 in 1977 sparked a revolution in its day and went on to feature twin-turbo technology from 1979.
  • The introduction of air valves in 1986 enabled engine speeds to be increased with no detriment to reliability.
  • In the 1990s, gear-driven camshafts led to higher-revving engines.
  • Direct fuel injection appeared in 1995 (Renault RS7 engine) to optimise intake efficiency and fuel consumption.

The heritage of all these revolutionary innovations is still visible in today’s Formula 1 with the return of the V6 turbo in hybrid formin 2014. By meeting the challenge of the new regulations, Renault has contributed its extensive expertise and skills as an F1 engine supplier to boost technological innovation, an invaluable asset when it comes to the brand’s upcoming road models.


Renault has been active in Formula 1 for almost 40 years. In addition to racing as a team, it has also been an engine supplier to the sport’s leading teams over the years, harvesting no fewer than 12 Constructors’ world titles and 11 Drivers’ crowns in total.