A Formula One car is easily recognizable in this day and age, but what lies ahead for the sport will quickly change the look and feel of these vehicles faster than we can say, "regulations suck." The FIA has already stated that these vehicles need to utilize a 1.6-liter turbo engine starting in the 2013 season and teams will also need to reduce their fuel consumption by 35%. So what happens to these cars when they have to be nipped, pulled, tweaked, and downsized?

Former Executive Director of Engineering of the Renault Formula One team, Pat Symonds, wanted an answer so he took it upon himself to design the 2020 Renault Formula One car. The car is being featured in Issue 179 of F1 Racing Magazine and offers up some unenthusiastic power figures. The design is characterized by low-profile tires on bigger wheels, the return of ground effects aerodynamics, Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) that produce 250bhp, and a standard, non-downforce rear wing. We may have glazed over the 250bhp rather quickly, but that’s because we aren’t too jazzed about the decrease in power. However, these changes will need to be made in order to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

"Taking into consideration all the variant motivators that drive regulations, I expect that the F1 car of 2020 will demonstrate much more change than has been seen over the past 10 years. A few simple assumptions can determine the basic architecture of the car. By the time we add a few changes, such as larger wheels and low-profile tires, we start to get a fairly clear picture of what the car might look like."

"The illustrations we’ve produced are certainly an artistic impression, but they capture the essential characteristics of a car that will be contesting the Formula 1 World Championship in 2020."

We have a feeling that unless some major changes are made, the thrill of Formula One will start to vanish soon. Let us know what you think about this in the comment section!


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  (401) posted on 05.24.2011

Yeah, I think so too. There probably won’t be a dramatic increase in the speed here. The changes are more like centered on weight and fuel efficiency rather than performance.

  (473) posted on 05.20.2011

The said changes based form the Renault will probably won’t help to increase the speed of the car. I was thinking if they are going to change the engine that they been using.

  (553) posted on 05.20.2011

Well, I really don’t think that a smaller version of Renault would help to have a good ranking in Formula race. I want to see them come up with more powerful engine.

  (399) posted on 03.11.2011

Kinda looks like one of those kit cars that you put for touring the tracks. And since F-1 is also imposing fuel cutoffs this season, it might also be rather slow.

  (446) posted on 03.9.2011

Ha, that one looks like it is nothing more than a stripped down car. But then again, it would be really surprising to see what Renault can come up with for the next seasons.

  (473) posted on 02.14.2011

The weight and the torque would be a great main factor for the great torque of the car! well, that’s nice.smiley

  (447) posted on 02.13.2011

This concept is somewhat similar to the future concept of the Peugeot! They make it smaller to make the torque better?

  (206) posted on 01.27.2011

The 250bhp rating is for the KERS system only. The engine will likely make 500+hp. So once in a while you will have 750hp.
Still, I am not a fan of a 4 cylinder engine. At least ground effects are back.

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