Renault RE20

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Renault RE20
Renault RE20B
Category Formula One
Constructor Renault
Designer(s) Francois Castaing
Michel Tétu
Predecessor RS10
Successor RE30
Technical specifications[1]
Chassis Aluminium monocoque
Axle track Front: 1,720 mm (68 in)
Rear: 1,630 mm (64 in)
Wheelbase 2,860 mm (113 in)
Engine Renault Gordini EF1, 1,492 cc (91.0 cu in), V6, turbo, mid-engine, longitudinally mounted
Transmission Hewland FGA 400 5-speed manual
Weight 615 kg (1,356 lb)
Fuel Elf
Tyres Michelin
Competition history
Notable entrants Equipe Renault Elf
Notable drivers 15. France Jean-Pierre Jabouille
15. France Alain Prost
16. France René Arnoux
Debut 1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Races Wins Poles F.Laps
20 3 5 4
Constructors' Championships 0
Drivers' Championships 0

The Renault RE20 was a Formula One car raced by the Renault team in the 1980 season. The car was designed by Francois Castaing and Michel Tétu and designed using Ground effect aerodynamics. The car was powered by the 1.5L turbocharged Renault Gordini EF1 engine, which by 1981 was producing a reported 520 bhp (388 kW; 527 PS). This was roughly 50 more than the 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 still in wide use at the time in Formula One, though Renault's power did lag behind the new 560 bhp (418 kW; 568 PS) turbocharged engine being used by Ferrari. In keeping with everything French on the car, the tyres used by Renault were Michelin.

The driving lineup for the all French team was made up at the time entirely of French drivers. Driving the RE20 in 1980 were Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux, while in 1981 Arnoux continued with the team but Jabouille was replaced by a young Alain Prost who had made his Formula One debut in 1980 for McLaren.

The Renault RE20 achieved three Grand Prix wins during the 1980 season. Arnoux won both the Brazilian and South African races while Jabouille was the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix.

A modified version of the car, the RE20B, raced in first five races of the 1981 season. The RE20B was replaced by the Renault RE30.


Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (note: results shown in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Engine Tyres Driver 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Pts. WCC
1980 Equipe Renault Elf Renault Gordini EF1
V6 tc
M ARG BRA RSA USW BEL MON FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN USA 38 4th
France Jean-Pierre Jabouille Ret Ret Ret 10 Ret Ret Ret Ret Ret 1 Ret Ret Ret
France René Arnoux Ret 1 1 9 4 Ret 5 NC Ret 9 2 10 Ret 7
1981 Equipe Renault Elf Renault Gordini EF1
V6 tc
M USW BRA ARG SMR BEL MON ESP FRA GBR GER AUT NED ITA CAN CPL 54* 3rd
France Alain Prost Ret Ret 3 Ret Ret
France René Arnoux 8 Ret 5 8 DNQ

* 48 points scored in 1981 using the Renault RE30

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