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1974 Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works

1974 Renault Alpine A110 1800 Group 4 Works

The most famous Alpine ever made

The Renault-Alpine A110 is one of the most famous rally cars of the two-wheel-drive era. It reigned supreme in the days before the WRC became a thing and this, the 1800, built to Group 4 specifications, is the swansong of the A110 and ran in 1974 and 1975.

The original Alpine A110 was launched in 1961 as the successor of the A108 which shared parts with Renault’s Dauphine. This time by, Paul Redele and his men relied on parts from the compact Renault 8 sedan. The car had a similar design to the A108, again with a rounded nose and straight-cut rear as well as bulbous headlights.

The A110, in its later versions, claimed numerous rally wins which made Alpine the 1971 champions in the International Championship for Manufacturers. This A110 was built for the 1974 season as one of only nine works-supported cars that year. It managed a best finish of second in the Tour De Corse but proved to be overwhelmed by the newly-homologated Lancia Stratos with its mid-engine configuration.

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Renault R.S. 2027 Vision

Renault R.S. 2027 Vision

Looking to the future of top-tier motorsport

Formula 1 has always been a bastion of the high-tech, a series where futuristic ground-bound spaceships boom by at terrifyingly high speeds, challenging what we think is possible when a human pilot takes the helm on four wheels. For the past 40 years, Renault has taken part in this orgy of speed and technology, and now, we’re getting a peek at the French automaker’s vision of things to come. Long story short, expect even more of the heart-stopping pace we know today, plus more excitement, higher levels of spectator engagement, reduced costs, increased safety, and even a dash of environmental responsibility as well.

You gotta love it when a press release kicks off with the line “the year is 2027,” so I was keen to dive into the specifics as soon as I saw this thing roll across my desk. And while these sorts of design studies don’t always nail it in terms of predicting the real future, they almost always come with a nice set of interesting ideas that could gain some traction (in one form or another, at least) in the years to come. Not only that, but the aesthetic-driven renderings are a surefire way to light the imagination and set you off on a little sci-fi day dreaming…

Updated 09/18/2017: Renault R.S. 2027 Vision made quite an appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Hit the "Pictures" tab to see it on the auto show floor.

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Renault Sport Trophy Series Scrapped After Only Two Seasons

Renault Sport Trophy Series Scrapped After Only Two Seasons

Renault’s decision could be attributed to its return to Formula One

The Renault Sport Trophy racing series made its debut in 2015 to much fanfare. One year later, the series will only finish out the 2016 season before it’s officially cancelled. The decision to cut the cord on the series comes at a point in time wherein Renault, considered as one of the most engaged and actively involved automakers in motor racing, is in the middle of reconfiguring its racing programs.

The French automaker has already exited the Formula Renault 3.5 series and with the abrupt closure of the Renault Sport Trophy, it’s once thriving Renault Sport Series program is down to Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup. That said, the series departures doesn’t mean Renault is giving up motor racing entirely. Far from it, actually, because the automaker has increased its involvement in Formula E and has even jumped back into the Formula One fray as an actual team instead of just an engine supplier for the first time in six years.

Clearly, Renault is as involved in motor racing as it has always been; it’s just shifting its priorities from running its own make-series to heading back to the glamour and prestige of Formula One while also doubling down on its commitment to Formula E.

While it’s hard to make sense of the rationale in starting a hyped racing series like the Renault Sport Trophy and then cutting the cord before it can even get off the ground, it’s just as hard to argue against that decision when Renault is boosting its involvement in Formula E and Formula One.

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2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

2016 Renault Clio R.S. 16 Concept

The quickest and most powerful Clio in history!

The fourth-generation Renault Clio was unveiled at the 2012 Paris Motor Show with a significantly redesigned body and interior as well as brand-new and updated engines. Unlike its predecessors, it didn’t receive three-door hatchback and sedan versions, being offered only as a five-door hatch or five-door estate. The Clio IV is underpinned by the Alliance B platform co-developed by Renault and Nissan in the late 1990s, but features comprehensive updates that makes it suitable for the 21st century. The fourth-gen hatch also spawns a new track-ready model, the R.S. 200, as well as a limited-edition R.S. 220 Trophy EDC with output increased from 197 horsepower to 217 horsepower.

In 2016, Renault’s high-performance division has unleashed yet another R.S.-badged Clio. Unveiled at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix on May 27, the new beefed-up hatch wears the R.S. 16 moniker. Although new in this configuration, the "16" numeral was originally introduced on the first-generation Clio, with the 16S being used in certain markets for a performance-oriented version that replaced the 5 GT Turbo. The current name is actually identical to that of the 2016 season Formula One car.

Created to mark the Renault Sport’s 40th anniversary and to celebrate the brand’s return as a Formula One team, the new hatch is the highest performance road-going R.S. model in history and was developed in only five months. Unfortunately, it is only a concept for now and the French firm didn’t say whether it will spawn a production model or not.

“Our aim was to produce a concept car with genuinely outstanding performance credentials,” said Patrice Ratti, Managing Director of Renault Sport Cars. “On paper, producing a Clio R.S. powered by our most potent engine was an extremely appealing idea, but we had to make sure it was feasible.”

Until Renault gives us more information about the production potential of the R.S. 16 concept, let’s have a closer look at what it brings to the table in the detailed review below.

Continue reading to learn more about the Renault Clio R.S. KZ 01.

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2016 Renault RS 16 Formula 1

2016 Renault RS 16 Formula 1

The French automaker joins the hunt for ultimate open-wheel glory

Renault’s F1 history begins in 1977, back when turbochargers were first introduced to the series. In the four decades that followed, the marque saw varying levels of involvement, both as a constructor and as an engine provider. In 2005, Spanish driver Fernando Alonso helped Renault score its first Constructor’s Championship, an achievement that was repeated the very next year. After 2006, Renault saw less success, and in 2011, the marque withdrew as a constructor. Now, after five years as an engine provider, Renault is back, announcing it will purchase the Lotus F1 Team for a full-blown constructor’s bid in 2016.

The new F1 effort is part of a comprehensive plan to revamp Renault’s motorsports programs. According to Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn, Renault Sport will be replaced by two separate entities – Renault Sport Cars and Renault Sport Racing.

Renault Sport Cars will be an evolution of Renault Sport Technologies, taking responsibility for road car development, commercialization, brand appeal, and the Renault performance vehicle portfolio, including models like the Megane RS, Megane GT, and Clio RS.

As you can probably guess, Renault Sport Racing will be the automaker’s presence on the track, with series like Formula Renault 2.0 and Renault Sport RS01 Trophy falling under its jurisdiction, as well as customer racing and rally programs.

At the center of Renault Sport Racing will be the new Formula 1 effort. This year’s Renault RS 16 F1 car is heavily based on last year’s Lotus car, which means a lot of development is needed before the marque can expect to be competitive against F1 heavyweights like Ferrari and Mercedes.

Nonetheless, the team says it’s up to the challenge, so let’s take a look at the new Renault F1 car and see how it fits into the current regulations.

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Renault Paid £1 To Buy Back Its Lotus Formula 1 Team

Renault Paid £1 To Buy Back Its Lotus Formula 1 Team

You can’t buy much for a dollar these days, but Renault has amazingly proved otherwise. The automaker just purchased a 90-percent stake in the Lotus Formula One race team for a mere £1, or roughly $1.50.

The Lotus F1 team’s former owners, Genii Capital and Gravity Motorsports continue to hold the other 10 percent stake. However, in order for Genii to sell its majority stake in the team, it had to purchases 6,744,444 shares from Whiterock Allicance Ltd., which then allowed the company to give £98.2 million of shareholder loans to Lotus.

The business behind the purchasing is rather complicated, but will allow the Lotus F1 team to continue to operate thanks to the investments and debt relief that came with the acquisition. Lotus’ F1 team had long been searching for an investor that would help pay off its debts and allow for continued operation.

It seems Lotus lucked up with Renault coming in. The automaker has four F1 drivers’ titles under its belt, thanks to drivers Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso.

It will be interesting to see how the Lotus F1 team does this upcoming season. Stay tuned to TopSpeed for future news.

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Renault Completes Lotus F1 Team Takeover

Renault Completes Lotus F1 Team Takeover

In what may very well be the worst-kept secret in Formula One today, Renault’s return to Formula One as a constructor has now been signed, sealed, and delivered. The French manufacturer and Gravity Motorsport S.a.rl, an affiliate of investment group Genii Capital SA, finally put the ink on paper, completing the former’s re-acquisition of the Lotus F1 Team Limited after only three months of negotiations between the two parties.

Details about the team, including its new name, full management structure, sponsorship partners, and driver lineup have yet to be announced. The company said that a full announcement has been scheduled to take place in Paris in February 2016. The only announcements that have been made at this point are for the positions of chairman and managing director. Those roles will be filled up by Jerome Stoll and Cyril Abiteboul, respectively.

Renault’s return to Formula One means that the manufacturer will make its F1 comeback for the first time in five years. It’s last appearance as a full-blown team came in 2010. In the same year, the team was sold to Genii Capital, which renamed it Team Lotus. Renault remained in the sport, but only serving as an engine supplier to a handful of teams, one of which was Team Lotus. The team was competitive in those years, but another Renault-powered team, Red Bull Racing, ended up dominating the sport for four straight years — highlighted by Sebastian Vettel’s four world championship wins.

But, now that it’s back as a full-fledged team, Renault will be returning to a vastly different Formula One climate, one that has been dominated by Mercedes in the past two seasons. The team will have a new set of challenges on its hands, but with the right people in place, it could return with a bang and replicate its form of the 2005 and 2006 seasons when it won its two constructors titles.

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Renault Announces Formula One Return For 2016 Season

Renault Announces Formula One Return For 2016 Season

Back in September 2015, Renault announced the signing of a letter of intent with Lotus regarding the potential acquisition of a controlling stake in the British team. Three months have passed and the French company confirmed it will indeed return to Formula One as a constructor.

Renault said its takeover of Lotus had not yet been completed, but will be done "in the shortest time frame possible". More details about the brand’s new F1 program will be provided in January 2016, ahead of the 2016 season that begins next March.

"Renault had two options: to come back at 100 percent or leave. After a detailed study, I have decided that Renault will be in Formula 1, starting 2016. The final details supplied by F1’s main stakeholders gave us the confidence to accept this new challenge. Our ambition is to win — even if it will take some time,” said Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Renault.

The manufacturer returns to Formula One as a constructor after a five-year hiatus. Renault sold the team to investment group Genii Capital in 2010, but continued as an engine supplier. The team was renamed Team Lotus and used Renault engines. Red Bull, another team that bought Renault power units, won the constructors’ championship four years in a row between 2010 and 2013. Renault’s domination as a supplier came to an end in 2014.

In 2016, Renault F1 cars will be driven by Pastor Maldonado and Jolyon Palmer, both having piloted for Lotus in 2015 as main and reserve drivers, respectively.

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Renault Plans To Return To Formula 1

Renault Plans To Return To Formula 1

The ongoing saga surrounding Renault’s status in Formula One took another turn after it was announced that the French automaker has signed a letter of intent with Gravity Motorsports, an affiliate of Genii Capital SA, to acquire a controlling stake in Lotus’ F1 Team. The expected acquisition is considered the first step towards the company’s return to Formula One racing as a full-scale constructor since it sold a 75 percent stake in its old team to the Genii Capital investment company in 2009.

The automaker sold its remaining 25 percent stake to Genii in 2010. Since then, Renault turned its attention away from being a constructor, opting instead to keep its involvement in F1 as an engine supplier for a handful of teams, including Red Bull Racing, which dominated the series from 2010 to 2013.

Now it appears that Renault’s ready to throw its name back in the series as a constructor, fulfilling company CEO Carlos Ghosn’s promise that Renault would cease in its role as an engine supplier and turn its attention towards purchasing a team of its own or withdrawing from the sport entirely. The new agreement to essentially buy back the shares it sold to Genii means that the Renault’s back in business a full-scale constructor beginning in 2016.

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2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept

2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept

After years of rumors, a concept car, and a sudden cancellation of its partnership with Caterham, Alpine has finally unveiled a near-production version of its upcoming sports car. Brought into the spotlight six decades since the brand was established in Dieppe, France, and exactly 20 years since it had been declared defunct, the Alpine Celebration Concept made its maiden appearance ahead of the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The vehicle’s debut at the Circuit de la Sarthe is far from just a marketing move, as Alpine has a long and storied history with Le Mans, where its cars had raced in large numbers in the 1960s. What’s more, the Alpine A442B won the iconic race in 1978, defeating a horde of Porsche 936s ran by both factory teams and privateers. Lastly, the Celebration Concept made its rolling debut on the same track Alpine has been racing in the LMP2 class for three consecutive years.

Even though Renault didn’t say when the production car is due to arrive (I expect that to happen in 2016), the Celebration Concept will attend a number of special events throughout 2015, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Alpine Saga reunion in Dieppe. Meanwhile, let’s have a closer look at the concept that signals the return of Alpine as a road car manufacturer.

Update 10/7/2015: The Renault-Alpine Celebration Concept was recently filmed at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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This is How the Renaultsport R.S. 01 was Designed and Built: Video

This is How the Renaultsport R.S. 01 was Designed and Built: Video

For 2015, French automaker Renault expanded its racing program by creating yet another racing division with its own, exclusive race car. Developed separately from the already familiar, track-prepped Clio and Megane models, the 2015 Renaultsport R.S. 01 is Renault’s first racing supercar in a very long time. Designed on a clean sheet of paper, the R.S. 01 is both stunning to look at and incredibly fast. It features styling cues never-before-seen on a Renault and although it is unlikely it will inspire a road-legal sports car, the R.S. 01 does provide a preview of the company’s future design language.

The racer is equally spectacular underneath, carrying a Nismo-built, 3.8-liter, V-6 engine — yes, it’s the same twin-turbo power plant found in the Nissan GT-R — behind the seats and a Sadev, seven-speed sequential gearbox linked to the rear wheels. The R.S. 01 will make its official debut in 2015, but while we’re still waiting for the new series to get the green flag, Renault has released a nine-minute video that provides insight on the race car’s development, as well as footage from its numerous testing sessions in Spain.

Click the play button above to watch various members of the Renaultsport team talk about the new R.S. 01 before several drivers, including Alain Prost, climb inside to hoon it around the twisty Jerez race track.

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2015 Renaultsport R.S. 01

2015 Renaultsport R.S. 01

Although it doesn’t benefit from the same recognition surrounding the Ferrari brand, Renault is a big name in the world of motorsports. The French have been involved in top-tier racing for decades and, more recently, their World Series championships have helped numerous talented youngsters grow into professional racers. For 2015, Renault and its Sport Technologies arm have developed yet another racing division, one that comes with its own, exclusive race car.

Make no mistake though, this new racer is not another beefed-up Megane RS. The French have taken things up a notch with a vehicle that’s faster than the entire bunch of race-ready Megane RS and Clio RS hatches. Making things even more interesting is the fact that Renault’s new race car features a unique design, highlighted by a coupe-like shape with a fixed wing on the rear.

Updated 10/22/2014: The new Renaultsport R.S. 01 took its first public laps on October 18th at the Jerez track in Spain, for the last leg of the World Series By Renault. Behind the wheel was Alain Prost who apparently was very impressed by the car: "The Renault Sport R.S. 01 is magnificent, and that’s important in terms of image. This is a new step forward for Renault, since it is launching what is actually a typical Endurance car. It’s a real race car, while being closely linked to the product since its design was largely inspired by the new production models." The car will make its racing debut in mid-2015.

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Video: Gaming Vs Reality On The Race Track

Video: Gaming Vs Reality On The Race Track

Ant lover of racing games has wondered at on time or another just how close the game is to real racing. Imagine, taking the same car you are using in the game and putting it head-to-head with the real car on the real-life version of the track you are racing on; what a fantastic idea, right?

To date, we have never seen this test, but the folks over at Viagame did just that in order to find out which crosses the finish line first, the virtual racer or the real-life on..

To perform this crazy test, they recruited one of Sweden’s best gamers and put him in a Renault Mégane Red Bull Edition with gaming system installed in it. They then took a real-life race car driver and put him in the driver’s seat of the Renault and headed for the Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona to see who wins.

Check out the above video to see who wins, it’s pretty neat to see real versus virtual in a head-to-head battle.

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2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

2014 Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup

Renault just unveiled its all-new Clio Renaultsport 200 Turbo road-going car in Paris and we all knew it was in for big things. Well, now we know exactly what plans Renault had for it, as the French automaker has announced that a racing version, the Clio Renaultsport Cup will be offered for competition in time for the 2014 British Touring Car Championship.

The Clio Renaultsport Cup will feature an Oreca Magny-Cours-tuned 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-banger that pumps out a stout 220 horsepower and 270 Nm (199 pound-feet) of torque mated to a 6-speed sequential gearbox via an AP Racing clutch. The power is delivered to the wheels via a limited-slip differential. Buyers can opt for a paddle-shift interface, if they desire.

Bringing this high-performance Clio to a halt are 320 mm (12.6-inch) AP Racing front rotors, which are squeezed by quad-piston calipers. One-way ZF-Sachs adjustable dampers are on the corners with custom-built aluminum wishbones. Also on the corners are 17-inch Speedline Corse alloy rims, wrapped in performance rubber to keep the Clio glued to the track. Keeping up with the times, Renault will fit the Clio Cup with a data acquisition system integrated into a color TFT screen, so the driver can pull all of his race data immediately.

The body boasts a large rear spoiler that puts down about 40 kg (88.2 lbs) of down-force at 125 mph, helping keep the tires on the ground at high speeds. The press car is draped in white with checkered livery, but we figure you can snag up the Clio Renaultsport Cup in a variety of color schemes.

There’s no mention of pre-installed safety equipment, so we are left to assume that this is something that you need to install to fit whichever racing series you choose to run the Clio Renaultsport Cup in.

This awesome racer will be ready for delivery in the UK in September 2013, so we have a while to wait. You’ll need all of that extra time to save up the whopping €37,800 (about $49,286 at the current rates), plus VAT, attached to this hot hatchback.

Click past the jump to read Renault’s presser.

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A Renault Twingo R.S., a Fish and a Cute Blonde Passenger Equals a Crazy Commercial

A Renault Twingo R.S., a Fish and a Cute Blonde Passenger Equals a Crazy Commercial

Okay, car commercials tend to get just a little extreme and us Americans only get to see a fraction of them, due to certain makes not being sold in the States. One automaker that is not currently selling cars in the U.S., but does well in other markets around the world, is Renault. Part of its success may be due to its crazy commercials, like the one above.

Two women of near equal beauty – racecar driver and French TV presenter, Margot Laffite and a cute blonde known only as “Jenny” – whip a Twingo R.S. around the Nürburgring. The racing is great and the women are superb, but Renault had to add in a slight twist. That twist was to challenge “Jenny” to hold a fish bowl full of water and a fish while Laffite winged this hot hatch around the `Ring.

The reactions of “Jenny” are classic and the enjoyment in Laffite’s face as she scares the crap out of this “Glam passenger” are priceless. To make things a little more interesting for the guys, this well-built passenger is wearing a white shirt, and we all know what a white shirt plus water equals...

Put your tongues in your mouths, guys, she’s wearing a blue bra, so there’s nothing to see, unless wet lingerie is your deal.

In all, the video is pretty sweet and we can’t wait to see the next edition in Renault’s “Challenge Us If You Can” video campaign. Keep it here to get the latest videos as the become available.

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Video: Racecar Driver Removes His Steering Wheel at Full Tilt

Video: Racecar Driver Removes His Steering Wheel at Full Tilt

We often rave about the brass cojones that racecar drivers have, particularly rally drivers. Formula drivers, on the other hand, get very little recognition, as they drive on paved surfaces and most people think they just drive fast. In reality, these guys and gals behind these open-wheel machines have some guts themselves.

Enter in Jeroen Slaghekke, a driver of a Renault 2.0, and you have a guy that not only has the set required to race, but also to make split second decisions that could result in tragedy to avoid having to pit and lose position. The back story is that he had an electrical issue with his steering wheel that required repair, but pitting would have forced him to give up precious places in the race. So, instead of pitting, this guy removes the wheel himself at full speed, repairs the obviously simple issue, and slaps the wheel back on in time for a left turn.

We understand that these wheels are quick release and it’s just a matter of pulling a two tabs to release them, but to do this at speeds in excess of 100 mph and continue accelerating as he does it is simply incredible. We all know people that can barely drive in a straight line at 20 mph with both hands on the wheel. We bet that Mr. Slaghekke has no issue with keeping his daily driver straight.

To see this gutsy gamble, check out the above video and pay close attention to the 11-second mark.

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Renault to tackle Goodwood with new Alpine A110-50 Concept

Renault to tackle Goodwood with new Alpine A110-50 Concept

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the ultimate expression of speed, power, and noise when sports cars, supercars, hypercars, luxury cars, and hot hatches tackle the legendary 1.16-mile hill climb. Additionally, the Festival of Speed also gathers a huge collection of current racing cars and their drivers and past racing cars and their drivers together.

Despite Renault’s recently launched Alpine A110-50 concept being one-of-one, Renault recently announced that it’ll be tackling the legendary hill climb in the car.

This announcement comes in line with Renault’s recent announcement that it’s planning a ‘big surprise’ for the Festival, but we can confirm that that big surprise is not in fact that the Alpine will be competing.

Nevertheless, the French brand also confirmed that an extensive list of other racers will compete at the hill climb, including the R5 Maxi Turbo, Megane trophy racer, Alpine A443 and two of the brand’s most historic Formula One cars, being the RE40 and RS01.

We can confirm that Renault obviously won’t be attempting to break the current hill climb record as the A110-50 ‘only’ pumps out 400 horsepower whereas other racers competing will produce in excess of double that.

Either way, it’s certainly going to be a very special sight to see and will hopefully be the first of many racing events the Alpine A110-50 Concept will take place in the coming months.

Full story after the jump.

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2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

2012 Grand Prix of Monaco is in the books

As always, the Grand Prix of Monaco provided a fairly spectacular showing, likely one of the few in this year’s F1 series. As most would expect, Circuit de Monaco lap-time record holder and five-time winner, Michael Schumacher took the pole position, but officials forced him back five grid positions after he caused a collision during qualifying. With the technical nature of Monaco, that pole position is very important and Schumacher’s penalty was an ominous sign that this would not be a good race, as he retired due to fuel issues 63 laps in.

Schumacher’s penalty propelled Red Bull’s Mark Webber into the pole position. Webber held onto that pole position, despite a lead change during a pit stop, and took home the checkered flag on a rain-coated Circuit de Monaco. As we said in our preview of the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco, this race had some serious overall points influence, as the leaders were only separated by a few points each.

This victory for Webber places propels him up to a second place tie with Sebastian Vettel at 73 points and puts Fernando Alonso, who finished third, in the points lead at 76. An impressive run by Nico Rosberg placed him in second, just behind Webber, proving that his wide margin of victory in China was not just a one-time deal. This superb finish by Rosberg jumps him up two slots to fifth place overall.

From the looks of it, this season is shaping up to be a rather close points race with a few new faces near the top. Unfortunately, the leader board, for the most part, looks identical to the 2011 and 2010 seasons. The lack of parody in F1 has really been its Achilles heel in recent history. An overall points victory by Nico Rosberg would certainly be a push in the right direction for F1, so we’ll keep a close eye on his performance.

Click past the jump to see the complete placement board for the 2012 Grand Prix of Monaco and the overall points standings.

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Grand Prix of Monaco Preview

Grand Prix of Monaco Preview

Rarely is something both the slowest and the hardest at the same time, but that all goes out the window when you’re talking about the Grand Prix at Monaco. For the majority of the F1 season, the drivers get to open up their cars a good bit. At Monaco, those chances to go wide open are limited to about three, as there are only a three extended straightaways on the track.

Besides those three straights, drivers get to deal with a plethora of intense twists and blind turns that require great care to negotiate correctly. These tight turns all amount to Monaco being the lowest average speed course on the F1 circuit, and arguably the hardest one on the circuit.

Well, the 70th running of this ultra-technical road course is due to start on May 27, 2012 and we’re going to provide a quick preview of what’s to come.

Click past the jump to read all about the Grand Prix at Monaco

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There is a new lady in Sebastian Vettel's life

There is a new lady in Sebastian Vettel’s life

There is a new woman in the life ofFormula One driver Sebastian Vettel. Her name is Randy Mandy and she is the newest machine in the driver’s life. There was Kate’s Dirty Sister and then Luscious Liz, but now, Randy Mandy is the new thing on Vettel’s Renault-powered Red Bull Formula One car.

One of Vettel’s superstitions is to christen each of his cars with a girl’s name. These names have to be in ascending alphabetical order. Reporters asked Vettel what the name of his new car would be in Istanbul and the driver replied with a smile, “Randy Mandy”.

"It’s difficult to say [how much difference it made]," Vettel said to ESPN. "I think it explains a lot and, on top of that we found, also other things that weren’t in proper shape anymore. It doesn’t mean that we come here and everything is solved, we still have to work hard and try our best to be at the front again."

Sadly, the first race for Randy Mandy didn’t go as planned. Halfway through the race, Vettel and teammate Mark Webber collided when Vettel attempted to overtake Webber for the lead as the pair headed for Turn 12.

After the race, analysis of the incident dominated Formula One headlines, but both drivers want to put the past behind them.

"The team had got us into a great position and it wasn’t good for them what happened - so I’m sorry for them that we lost the lead of the race," Vettel said.

One race doesn’t mean a whole lot though and it should be interesting to see how Vettel and Randy Mandy perform in Montreal, Canada.

"We have a great team and the spirit is very strong. I’m looking forward to Canada,” said Vettel to Sky Sports.

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2010 Renault Twingo RS R1 and R2

2010 Renault Twingo RS R1 and R2

One of the more often overlooked cars out there is the Renault Twingo, sure it is still a compact city car aimed at the European masses, but you must admit that it has come a long way from the frog eyed micro car that was introduced at the Paris Motor Show back in 1992. The French in house tuners at Renault Sport Technologies are trying to get their little people mover a bit more exposure by releasing two new purpose built racing cars that can be driven to and from the racetrack as well as be competitive on it each with their own level of hardcore status.

The Twingo RS R2 begins life as a mere Twingo Renaultsport 133 road car powered by a special 1.6 Liter 16V four banger that develops 160 HP and is shifted via a five speed sequential gearbox. Taking the Twingo even further is the R1 version, complete with bolt in protective roll cage this is the model that Renault will present to the FIA in order to get it homologated for sanctioned racing competition. Using the same high performance suspension components as the R2, the R1 takes the daily driven race car to a whole new level, and although you can still use the R1 to go get groceries, you might want to think about investing in a trailer because you will definitely be going racing.

Press release after the jump.

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This could be Giancarlo Fisichella's last opportunity to shine in Formula One.

This could be Giancarlo Fisichella’s last opportunity to shine in Formula One.

Giancarlo Fisichella’s last year in a Renault.

Is this Giancarlo Fisichella’s final go at being number one in the Formula One Championship.

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