Renault’s 2016 F1 chassis passes crash test


Preparations for Renault’s return to Formula 1 as a constructor in 2016 are in full swing after its chassis passed the compulsory FIA crash test earlier this week.

Renault confirmed in December that it would be going ahead with a takeover of the financially-beleaguered Lotus F1 Team and reviving its works operation at Enstone, England.

Although little more is to be firmed up about Renault’s comeback until the beginning of February when announcements are due, plenty has been coming out over the past few days that hints at what may be to come.

Firstly (and most importantly), the chassis – likely to be called the R32 – has been homologated after passing the FIA crash test, as confirmed on the Lotus F1 Team account on Wednesday.

Renault also released a 30-second teaser video on Wednesday ahead of its F1 return called “Hear Us Coming”, which you can view at the top of the page.

Finally, in the latest issue of British magazine F1 Racing, a mock-up render of what the new Renault car could look like got tongues wagging on Twitter.

The design is very similar to the one used by Renault the last time it raced in F1 with its own team back in 2010, featuring the company colors of black and yellow.

However, the team was quick to confirm that this was only a representation of what the new car may look like and not a final design, before calling on its followers to submit their own efforts.