How to celebrate the New Year: Renault’s R26 F1 hot hatch

How to celebrate the New Year: Renault’s R26 F1 hot hatch

What better way to celebrate the New Year than a blat in Renault’s rather amazing R26 F1? It is Renault’s self-congratulatory model for winning the Formula 1 championship in 2005 and 2006, and they have quite ruined the look by plastering cheap-looking stickers all over it. But, you can get it without the stickers (and I would), but then it wouldn’t turn heads. I don’t know whether it was turning heads because people thought, WOW there’s a fast car!, or whether people were just thinking, What plonker put all those stickers on a perfectly good car. It certainly is not the engine note either that turns heads because it’s woolly and dreary.

But, those are the only major problems with the car – it handles well, goes quick, and is comfortable but in a supporting way. I’ve decided that if I had to choose between the Golf GTI, Ford XR5 and the Renault I’d probably choose the Renault, even though it has far too much power for the front wheels alone. I think it was a Jaguar engineer that said 220hp is the limit for what you should put through the front wheels. Well, Renault didn’t listen, and it’s New Year’s Day, so in celebration of horsepower, however delivered, let’s raise a glass. Happy New Year.

What better way to celebrate the New Year than a blat in Renault’s rather amazing R26 F1? It is Renault’s self-congratulatory model for winning the Formula 1 championship in 2005 and 2006, and they have quite ruined the look by plastering cheap-looking stickers all over it. But, you can get it without the stickers (and I would), but then it wouldn’t turn heads. I don’t know whether it was turning heads because people thought, WOW there’s a fast car!, or whether people were just thinking, What plonker put all those stickers on a perfectly good car. It certainly is not the engine note either that turns heads because it’s woolly and dreary.

But, those are the only major problems with the car – it handles well, goes quick, and is comfortable but in a supporting way. I’ve decided that if I had to choose between the Golf GTI, Ford XR5 and the Renault I’d probably choose the Renault, even though it has far too much power for the front wheels alone. I think it was a Jaguar engineer that said 220hp is the limit for what you should put through the front wheels. Well, Renault didn’t listen, and it’s New Year’s Day, so in celebration of horsepower, however delivered, let’s raise a glass. Happy New Year.

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