Motorsport challenge for Renault Conversions
Renault F1® Team is saving money, time and manpower with a new bespoke vehicle transporter, developed to meet its unique requirements by one of over 30 Accredited Converters in the UK.
Based on a 3.5-tonne Master FWD Platform Cab, the closed transporter joins a fleet of Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles already in use by Renault Sport. The newcomer will be used to move show cars between the team’s base in Oxfordshire and over 200 events across Europe each year.
The conversion was undertaken by newly-accredited converter Advanced KFS (AKFS), working in close collaboration with the team. Show cars are based on the previous season R.S. 17 racing car, but with the engines removed and replaced by a space frame, and bodywork emblazoned with the latest team livery.
Working with AKFS enabled the Master to be fitted with unique features, including a shallow-angled ramp to accommodate the car’s low ground clearance, a shelf for the removable nose cone, and an electronic winch for loading and unloading. It can be driven on a car licence, unloaded in 15 minutes by a single person in and is better suited to the narrow roads near the team’s headquarters than the trailers and 40-tonne trucks used previously.
In turn, it’s enabled the team to be much more flexible with vehicle movements. The 844kg payload is not only enough to move a 350kg show car, but for a 700kg F1® car in full race trim. Between scheduled events, the transporter has been used to take a racing car to Valencia for last-minute testing, as well as delivering and collecting vehicles from local suppliers.
Tim Baston, the team’s Static Show Car Supervisor, said: “Having the transporter has made a major impact on the efficiency of our show car operation. The sheer speed in which the Master can be loaded and out on the road also allows us to take advantage of last minute opportunities in terms of transporting our vehicles for additional purposes, while there’s also been a great deal of positive feedback on the actual drive and the quality of the conversion. It’s simply made moving our show vehicles a whole lot easier and more cost-effective.”
Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, added: “To have Renault F1® Team as a customer of our accredited converter programme is a superb illustration of how our specialised, bespoke vehicles are created to the highest standards and tailored to our clients’ individual requirements.”
The Renault F1® Team Master uses a 170hp 2.3-litre dCi 170 twin-turbo diesel, offering 37.7mpg on the combined cycle, and Business trim includes a standard alarm and immobiliser, Grip Xtend traction control for loose surfaces, Bluetooth®* and a DAB digital radio. Like all Accredited Conversions, it includes a 100,000-mile, three-year warranty^ matched by AKFS, reflecting the quality of the work.
“The Master simply made moving our show vehicles a whole lot easier and more cost-effective.”
Static Show Car Supervisor
Renault’s Accredited Conversions programme offers tailor-made solutions to the most diverse business requirements, available via the Renault Pro+ commercial vehicle dealer network.
Supplied via our dealer network and factory-built, choose from dropside, tipper, box van and Luton LoLoader bodystyles, or minibus and trabus passenger vehicles. All include a full manufacturer warranty^.
Complementing our factory-built products, accredited conversions offer even more flexibility, developed in partnership with converters rigorously assessed and accredited for their technical and quality standards.
For fleets with unique requirements our network of over 30 Accredited Converters can produce one-off or multiple orders, backed up by specialist support from Renault, to your exact specifications. Conversions usually match the base vehicle warranty^.