F1 Type RS11

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F1 Type RS11

Another example of Renault’s capacity for technical innovation, the RS 10 with an RS11 chassis recorded the first Formula 1 victory for a turbocharged engine.

In the 1977 English Grand Prix at Silverstone, Renault took a bold step: for its first outing in Formula 1, the company dispatched a car fitted with a 1,500 cm3 turbocharged engine. The other teams were still hanging onto the alternative allowed by the regulations, 3 litre engines which were heavier but more reliable and easier to control. It took two years for the Renault Sport engineers to overcome all the problems associated with the turbo. Their commitment was rewarded on the first of July 1979 at the French Grand Prix in Dijon-Prenois: Jean-Pierre Jabouille, after having claimed pole-position, outflanked the Ferrari of Gilles Villeneuve throughout the race and was the first over the finish line! René Arnoux, finished 3rd in the RS 12 chassis. The first victory for Renault in F1, was also the first victory for a singleseater with a turbo engine. The other teams did not take long to react to this technology and turbos were soon in use across the whole of the starting grid. Renault had made the right choice…

Displayed model : Four RS10 type chassis were developed (RS10, RS11, RS12, RS14). The example here is the fourth in the series, the RS14. 

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