Although Formula One motor racing is as famous for all the hype surrounding the superstars of motor sport as it is for actual racing, it is less widely known why car manufacturers get involved with this hugely expensive form of entertainment. The answer is simple; in many ways the F1 cars of today are the test beds of automotive technology for the road.
The Limited Edition Megane
In this instance the French brand Renault are featuring here with the new, scorching hot limited edition Megane R.S Trophy-R, slated for release later this year. Who said hot hatches were a thing of the past? Almost certainly, they’re already all sold so don’t get your hopes up until that is, the fast few with start to appear as used cars.
This new car has recently achieved a new lap record for a front-wheel-drive car around the Nürburgring, where it seems all the latest cars go to show off. Although it is equipped with the same 300hp engine as the earlier Trophy edition, this new road monster managed to decimate the previous record thanks to significant weight reduction, improved aerodynamics and a highly developed chassis. It is this sort of development that demonstrates the importance of the connection between motor sport and the vehicles we see on the road.
The link between F1 and road cars extends much further, especially when it comes to hybrid technology and energy management, helping to bridge the gap between motor racing and road cars. Although knowledgeable F1 fans will be aware, most of the general public do not know that F1 cars are hybrid. Thanks to this, over the previous generation of internal combustion racing engines, there is a 35% reduction in terms of fuel consumption. This in turn has helped manufacturers like Renault to introduce hybrid variants and fully-electric vehicles into its mainstream line-up.
Is It The End Of Internal Combustion?
Fortunately no; at least not for the foreseeable future. The car industry produces some ninety million vehicles a year and EV’s, only constitute around two percent of this total, although sales are slowly growing. There will however always be motorists of the present generations who will remain attached to internal combustion-driven motors. The scope for choice remains wide and, as long as the car industry continues to work on the reduction of consumption and emissions, petrol power still has a bright future ahead. Then of course, there are the car owners who like the best of both worlds and that’s where hybrid technology comes in.
Drivers can use electricity in the city and the combustion engine when on longer journeys or just being out for a nice drive. Some of the latest hybrid models have shown also a corresponding increase in performance thanks to electric drives, weigh saving and aerodynamic design, some with the added benefit of regenerating brakes which convert kinetic energy into useable in-car electricity. For our entertainment it is great that car makers continue to use elite sport as a test bed for everyday consumer vehicles so that the high-tech advances will eventually trickle down from the track to the road. For now though, check out our selection of vehicles that have already benefited from such technology and that offer the latest in economy, safety and performance. Why not give our friendly team a call about your next car