FORMULA RENAULT CAR
Making its appearance in 2000, Formula Renault 2.0 quickly established itself as an obligatory port of call for young drivers hungry for a career at the very highest level, among them Kimi Raikkonen, who made the switch straight from the category to Formula One. Likewise, Heikki Kovalainen, Lewis Hamilton, Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Kamui Kobayashi, Jean-Eric Vergne, Daniel Ricciardo, Romain Grosjean, Jules Bianchi, Paul Di Resta, Charles Pic and Pastor Maldonado have all cut their teeth at the wheel of an FR 2.0 before going on to a bigger stage.
A no-nonsense yet high-performance single-seater, the Formula Renault 2.0 has been designed to respond to a specific set of requirements, including a season budget cap, fair competition between drivers, excellent reliability and a performance potential that allows the very best drivers to shine. Providing significant scope for mechanical and aerodynamic adjustments, the FR 2.0 gives aspiring drivers every chance to learn the ropes. And in prohibiting modifications to the engine and the electronic control unit, among other parts of the car, Renault Sport ensures identical performance for everyone. It’s behind the wheel where the difference is made.
Following a rigorous study and development programme, in 2010 Renault Sport introduced a revamped single-seater offering improved performance and handling more akin to cars higher up the formula racing pyramid.
Assembled at the Alpine factory in Dieppe in line with an optimised process, each car is inspected and race-prepared prior to delivery. Driver safety is also a core feature of the FR 2.0, the first single-seater to be homologated to FIA F3 2011 standards. With considerable enhancements made in this respect, the FR 2.0 is the benchmark for others to follow.
Derived from the Clio Renault Sport 2.0 16V, the F4R engine is very similar to the production version. The main modification is the use of a semi-dry sump to avoid oil outages in long bends. The dynamic air intake, off set cam timing and specific electronic management guarantee superior performance to the production version. The engine is sealed on delivery.
The six-speed sequential gearbox is designed by Sadev. Drivers can chose from three sets of ratios (short, medium and long).
The Formula Renault 2.0 has a Tatuus carbon-fibre monocoque chassis. It complies with “1999 FIA F3” standards. The nose cone, made of a deformable crash structure to absorb front impacts, complies with “2008 FIA F3” standards.
The Formula Renault 2.0 has a new body this year, inspired by its “big sister”, the Formula Renault 3.5. Apart from the rear wing and the engine hood, everything is new: the nose cone (1) and front wing (2), ‘barge boards’ (3), sidepods (4) with integrated chimneys to expel hot air (5), ‘tyre ramps’ (6), undertray (7), diffuser (8) and rear spoiler fi ns (9). This is the second major aerodynamic change since 2004. Although improving the performance was not the purpose of this change, the Formula Renault 2.0 has also become more stable in the fast bends thanks to greater effi ciency of the front wing.
The compression and rebound-adjustable Oram spring-shock absorbers are longitudinally mounted and pushrod-actuated. Mono-shock absorber is used at the front with twin-shock absorbers at the rear.
- Chassis: Carbon-fibre Monocoque, carbon bodywork
- Engine: Type F4R – 4 cylinders – 16 valves – 1998 cc
- > Bore x stroke (mm) : 82.7 x 93
- > Maximum power : 144 (196) Bhp at 7000 rpm
- > Maximum torque : 222 Nm (21.6 mkg) at 4750 rpm
- Transmission: Sequentially controlled, dog-clutch box with 6 forward gears, changeable ratios, self-locking differential
- > Front : push-rod, single strut with adjustable compression and expansion
- > Rear : push-rod, twin strut with adjustable compression and expansion
- > 4 pistons callipers, ventilated discs ø275 x 17.5 mm
- > Pedal assembly with dashboard brake distribution adjustment
- Wheels: Single piece with single central nut 8 x 13 alloy (front) and 10 x 13 (rear)
- Tyres: Michelin FR2.0 (dry) and P220 (rain) 16 x 53 x 13 (front) and 23 x 57 x 13 (rear)
- Dimensions, weights andcapacities:
- > Wheelbase : 2645 mm
- > Track width : 3772 mm (front) - 1675 mm (rear)
- > Fuel tank : 38 litres
- > Weight : 490 kg