Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

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Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
2016 FR Eurocup logo.svg
Category Formula Renault 2.0
Inaugural season 1991
Constructors Renault[1]
Engine suppliers Renault
Tyre suppliers Michelin
Drivers' champion United Kingdom Lando Norris
Teams' champion Germany Josef Kaufmann Racing
Official website www.renaultsport.com
Motorsport current event.svg Current season

Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 is a single seater motor racing series and Formula Renault 2.0 championship with a presence of many Formula Renault championships drivers. Eurocup races only on European circuits.

It served as a support series to the Formula Renault 3.5 Series as part of the World Series by Renault from 2005 to 2015. Renault Sport offered a prize of 500,000 € to the winner of the Eurocup until 2015.

History[edit]

The series was established in 1991, as the "Rencontres Internationales de Formule Renault", before switching to the "Eurocup Formula Renault" name in 1993.

In 2000, renamed to Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 since 2005 used up to now, excludes the 2003 season named Formula Renault 2000 Masters.

While a support series of the Formula Renault 3.5 many drivers stepped up to the senior category, for example the 2006 champion Filipe Albuquerque, fourth-place finisher Bertrand Baguette and 13th-place finisher Xavier Maassen being the first to do so that on the full-time basis for the 2007 season. 2007 champion Brendon Hartley did not follow suit however, and instead moved firstly to British Formula Three Championship. Meanwhile, Charles Pic and Alexandre Marsoin joined FR 3.5 for the 2008. 2008 champion Valtteri Bottas moved to the Formula 3 Euro Series, and only Anton Nebylitskiy who was placed 20th, made his debut in FR 3.5 in 2009. 2009 was the first season when the champion received money to graduate to FR 3.5 and Albert Costa used this opportunity. He was joined in the 2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season by sixth-place finisher Nathanaël Berthon. Like Costa, 2010 champion Kevin Korjus and his rivals Arthur Pic, Daniël de Jong and André Negrão moved to FR 3.5 in 2011. 2011 champion Robin Frijns not only graduated to FR 3.5 in 2012, he also became the first driver, who won both Eurocup and FR 3.5 Series consecutively. Other 2011 Eurocup graduates, who moved to FR 3.5 were Will Stevens and Vittorio Ghirelli. 2012 champion Stoffel Vandoorne and his contender Norman Nato headed to FR 3.5 in 2013. Pierre Gasly and Oliver Rowland, who fought till the last race for the 2013 Eurocup title, both graduated to FR 3.5 in 2014. They was joined by Luca Ghiotto, Matthieu Vaxivière and Roman Mavlanov. Nyck de Vries dominated the 2014 championship and moved to FR 3.5 in 2015. Egor Orudzhev, Aurélien Panis and Gustav Malja moved to Formula Renault 3.5 as well.


Current car specifications[edit]

The chassis is built at Alpine's Dieppe plant, a Renault subsidiary. The aerodynamic kit was designed by Tatuus.[1] All Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 cars use the same specifications.[2]

  • Chassis: FR2.0/13. Carbon-fibre bodywork
  • Engine: Renault F4R 832 – 4-cylinder – 16 valve – 1998cc. 210 bhp at 7,500rpm. 220Nm at 5,500rpm
  • Transmission: SADEV seven-speed sequential + reverse gear. XAP electric control gearshift, semi-automatic steering-wheel mounted
  • Front suspension: ZF Race Engineering single damper, two-way adjustable
  • Rear suspension: ZF Race Engineering double damper, two-way adjustable
  • Brakes: Four-piston calipers with 278 x 18 mm steel discs
  • Rims: Aluminium one-piece 9 x 13 (front) and 10 x 13 (rear)
  • Tyres: Michelin 20-54 x 13 (front) and 24-57 x 13 (rear)
  • Length/width/height: 4270 / 1740 / 950mm
  • Front and rear track: 1502 / 1440mm
  • Fuel tank: 50 litres
  • Unloaded weight: 506 kg

Champions[edit]

Season Series Name Champion Team Champion Secondary Class Champion
1991 Rencontres Internationales de Formule Renault United Kingdom Jason Plato United Kingdom Duckhams Van Diemen not held
1992 Spain Pedro de la Rosa Spain Racing for Spain
1993 Eurocup Formula Renault France Olivier Couvreur France Synergie
1994 United Kingdom James Matthews United Kingdom Manor Motorsport
1995 France Cyrille Sauvage France Mygale
1996 Brazil Enrique Bernoldi Italy Tatuus JD Motorsport
1997 Belgium Jeffrey van Hooydonk Italy Tatuus JD Motorsport
1998 France Bruno Besson Italy Tatuus JD Motorsport
1999 Italy Gianmaria Bruni Italy JD Motorsport
2000 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup Brazil Felipe Massa Italy JD Motorsport
2001 Brazil Augusto Farfus Italy Prema Powerteam
2002 France Eric Salignon France Graff Racing
2003 Formula Renault 2000 Masters Argentina Esteban Guerrieri Italy JD Motorsport
2004 Formula Renault 2000 Eurocup United States Scott Speed Germany Motopark Academy
2005 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Japan Kamui Kobayashi France SG Formula
2006 Portugal Filipe Albuquerque Italy JD Motorsport
2007 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Spain Epsilon RedBull New Zealand Brendon Hartley (Junior)
2008 Finland Valtteri Bottas France SG Formula Italy Andrea Caldarelli (Junior)
2009 Spain Albert Costa Spain Epsilon Euskadi Portugal António Félix da Costa (Junior)
2010 Estonia Kevin Korjus France Tech 1 Racing Estonia Kevin Korjus (Junior)
2011 Netherlands Robin Frijns Finland Koiranen Motorsport Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. (Junior)
2012 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne Germany Josef Kaufmann Racing Russia Daniil Kvyat (Junior)
2013 France Pierre Gasly France Tech 1 Racing France Pierre Gasly (Junior)
2014 Netherlands Nyck de Vries Finland Koiranen GP Norway Dennis Olsen (Junior)
2015 United Kingdom Jack Aitken Germany Josef Kaufmann Racing United Kingdom Harrison Scott (Rookie)
2016 United Kingdom Lando Norris TBD United Kingdom Lando Norris (Rookie)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Technical specifications". Formula Renault 2.0. Renault Sport. Retrieved 14 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Technical specifications". World Series by Renault. Renault Sport. Retrieved 20 October 2015. 

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