Drivers of Renault Sports Technologies’ latest racetrack monster have been quite busy. After appearing in Renault’s World Series for the first time, the Renaultsport RS 01 has gone on ahead to compete over the weekend in the GT Tour season finale at Circuit Paul Ricard.
Renault Sports Technologies’ engineers had to make some changes to the RS 01, which was built to be raced only within the Renaultsport Trophy. One of these changes is the replacement of steel brakes instead of the standard carbon brakes that were first installed in the RS 01.
Engineers also added in 50 additional kilograms of ballast and gave the racing car a higher ride height. In addition, they also installed an additional restriction to the engine. The Renaultsport RS 01 had advantages when it came to drag and downforce factors.
However, engineers had to factor in changes to the RS 01’s aerodynamic profile. As a result, the RS 01 now generates additional drag and lesser downforce than the initial design. Two RS 01s competed in the FFSA championship, the first time the Renault Sports Technologies vehicle has done so.
The first RS 01 was piloted by Eric Clément, Ange Barde and Bruce Lorgere-Roux. These three drivers dubbed Team Duqueine are regulars in the GT Tour races.
Eric Vaissière and Olivier Grotz piloted the second RS. 01 for the Boutsen-Ginion team. The second RS 01 joined in the Open Challenge. The Motorsport Director for Renault Sport Technologies, Jean-Pascal Dauce, said that there have been many positive responses for the Renault Sport R.S. 01 after it was first revealed.
Dauce also said that the parties most interested in the racing car had been teams and promoters. As for the R.S. 01 joining competitions outside of the Renaultsport Trophy, the Renault Sports Technologies exec said that he has no doubts about their new vehicle’s performance against the competition.
He even added that he is certain the R.S. 01 will be a hit among both drivers and event spectators, and thanked ORECA Group President and GT Tour promoter Hugues de Chaunac for his confidence in the company.
Dauce also hinted that the R.S. 01 might make an appearance as an entrant in other championships. For his part, de Chaunac expressed confidence that the R.S. 01 will foster positive reactions from the audience when the two teams piloting an R.S. 01 will take on the competition in the racetracks.