Renault explores future of F1 with RS 2027 Vision Concept

Renault has a pretty clear idea of what it wants Formula One to look like in the future. At the Shanghai auto show, the French automaker unveiled the new RS 2027 Concept as its idea of what F1 will look like a decade from now. 

That begins with making the driver more visible to spectators, thanks in part to a transparent cockpit with a polycarbonate roof. That’s right: in a bid to increase safety and protect drivers from impacts, Renault envisions a future in which our current open cars have been abandoned to history. A transparent helmet is also part of the mix, though it’s unclear how that technology will work.

Renault has also included an autonomous mode, to be activated in the event of crash.

The company doesn’t say too much about what powers the concept, but we do know there’s a hybrid drivetrain onboard, as Renault says an electric motor will take over for pit stops. We also know the car boasts all-wheel drive and four-wheel steering.

The hybrid powertrain is part of what the company calls an “environmentally respectful” form of Formula 1, in which competitors see their fuel capacity halved over the next 10 years. The company believes a reliance on electric power and high-density batteries will make up the gap.

Much of this sounds less than appealing from a spectator’s point of view, though Renault does throw fans a bone in the form of visibly active aerodynamics, LED lighting in the wheels, and instantly viewable telemetry.

How much of this will come to fruition? Only time will tell. But it’s a fun mental exercise in the meantime, and Renault’s concept certainly has some ideas to make us think.

For more Shanghai auto show coverage, check out our dedicated hub.

Check Also

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s dream of an electric Hummer H1 comes true thanks to Kreisel

Arnold Schwarzenegger was influential in getting AM General's military-duty Humvee converted for civilian use in the 1990s. Since then his environmental consciousness has grown, making his beloved Hummer H1, the name of the civilian Humvee, quite the contradiction. Now, thanks to Austrian firm Kreisel, Schwarzenegger's dream of an electric H1...

Jay Leno shows off his 1911 Christie Fire Engine

Jay Leno is known for his collection of cars, and he has a lot of diverse machines in his Big Dog Garage. Most are cars you'd expect to find in such a large collection, but occasionally you come across something a bit different. Today, Jay has pulled out his fire engine for some play time, and the machine dates all the way back to 1911. It's called a...