Published on : January 11th 2019
Rétromobile 2019 – Renault presents its saga Turbo
January 11th 2019

July 1, 1979, Grand Prix de France on the Dijon-Prenois circuit: Jean-Pierre Jabouille imposes his Renault RS10 and offers his first victory to Renault in the Formula 1 World Championship, while René Arnoux (Renault RS10) completes the success of Renault taking the 3rd place, after a Homeric battle with Gilles Villeneuve (Ferrari 312T).

Renault has just revolutionized motorsport: for the first time, a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine is needed against the traditional 3.0-liter atmospheric engaged in the premium category. All competing competitors will follow Renault in this direction and the current technical regulation of Formula 1, based on a 1.6-liter turbocharged V6 engine, is a form of recognition of the vision of Renault (vision whose genesis dates back to 1902 , the year in which Louis Renault filed a patent on the means "to increase the gas inlet pressure in the cylinders [via] a fan or a small compressor"!).

40 years later, Renault celebrates the anniversary of this revolutionary victory and exhibits at the 2019 Rétromobile show the 1979 Formula 1 RS10, surrounded by a selection of emblematic series vehicles, illustrating how from 1980, Renault has transposed in its range of series vehicles technological achievements from the competition.

11 Renault models equipped with a turbo engine are thus exposed on a surface of more than 700 m²: Formula 1 RS10, 5 turbo, 18 turbo, 5 Alpine turbo, Fuego turbo, 9 and 11 turbo, 5 GT Turbo, 21 2.0 turbo , Safrane Biturbo and Megane RS In addition, a Estafette (model celebrating its 60th anniversary in 2019) decorated in the colors of the Formula 1 team of 1979 hosts a shop.


More information about Retromobile:

The first classic car show in France and one of the flagship shows in Europe, Rétromobile took place from Wednesday 6 to Sunday 10 February 2019, in Pavillons 1, 2 and 3 of the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Center (1, Place de the Porte de Versailles) in Paris (75,015).


  • Wednesday 6th and Friday 8th February: 10h - 22h
  • Thursday 7, Saturday 9, Sunday 10 February: 10h -19h

Entry price: 22 €

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