1982 Renault RE30 formula 1 (B)SOLD
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Estimate: 90,000£-125,000£
Estimate: €127,000 - €182,000
Estimate: $175,000 - $250,000

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of £83.813

From the Brazilian Collector Mr. Abraham Kogan

560bhp at 10,500 rpm, 1,492cc V-6 90° engine with twin intercooled KKK turbochargers, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, Renault type 30/Hewland five-speed gearbox, top rocker arms, lower wishbones, inboard springs, front and rear suspension, hydraulically assisted vented steel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 107.4in. (2,730 mm).

Renault began building racing cars as long ago as 1899. One of the brothers who founded the company, Marcel, was killed in the infamous ‘Race of Death’, the 1903 Paris–Madrid, and the company went on to win their first Grand Prix in 1906. It would be a long time before Renault got serious about racing again.

By the end of the 1960s the company was becoming interested in motor racing once more. A sporting division called Alpine Renault was set up at Viry-Châtillon in 1970 and began developing engines under the Renault-Gordini name, with part of the finance coming from oil company Elf. Alpine-Renault sports cars dominated the 2-litre class of 1974’s European Championship. In 1975 the company entered Formula 2, with René Arnoux winning the European Championship for Renault in 1977.

The same year, Renault entered Formula 1 with their RS01 car, driven by Jean-Pierre Jabouille. The first race was the British Grand Prix, but the season was unsuccessful with most of Renault’s resources concentrated on winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans. After winning the coveted race at La Sarthe in 1978, Renault switched all its attention to Formula 1.

When the company entered F1 in 1977 the rules permitted 3.0-litre, naturally aspirated engines, with a clause for a 1.5 litre supercharged or turbocharged engine. Renault decided to go the turbocharged route much to the derision of the other teams. They were all to be proved wrong.

1978 was a development year for Renault with many retirements. But in 1979 Jabouille scored the team’s emotional maiden victory at their home Grand Prix at Dijon. In 1980 he won again at the Austrian Grand Prix. René Arnoux had joined the team in 1979, and in 1980 he won twice, in Brazil and South Africa. 1981 was another disappointing year; 1982 would be better.

The Renault RE30B was a development of the previous year’s RE30 and already other teams had realized that Renault’s decision to pursue the turbo route was correct. 1982 saw Ferrari, Toleman, Brabham, and Alfa Romeo all entered with 1.5-litre, turbo-charged cars. The RE30B won three times during 1982, Arnoux winning in France and Italy and Alain Prost winning in South Africa.

Renault RE30B/F1 B7 – the chassis offered here – was used by René Arnoux from the Brazilian Grand Prix until Zandvoort, a total of eight races, and while the results were mixed, Arnoux showed the car’s potential by taking a third and second on the grid, and three pole positions at Imola, Monaco, and Zandvoort, where he famously ‘parked’ the car on the tyre wall. In 1982 Renault took pole position 10 times in 16 races.

RE30B/F1 B7 was subsequently used by Eddie Cheever in testing. The car was kept by Renault Sport where it was re-tubbed, and in 1987 it was sold to Jean Sage, who was Renault’s team manager in 1982. Nine years later Jean Sage had Dominique Bachard rebuild the engine before selling the Renault to Antoine Raffaelli in 1997. In 2002 Abba Kogan acquired the Formula 1 car from Raffaelli and has maintained it in race ready condition, finished in the correct Renault livery – although it should be noted that it wears the identification of Alain Prost’s otherwise identical sister car. It is well presented, with the engine ready to run, and fitted with a new set of slicks from a recent test. The car comes with a history file that covers everything from ownership and race history to starting and set-up instructions.

The ‘Turbo Era’ of Formula 1 was perhaps one of the sport’s greatest periods with engine power escalating to incomprehensible levels – 1200 bhp or more at the end. With such enormous output, few were properly maintained, and consequently usable Formula 1 cars from this period are very hard to come by.

The Renault RE30B is not only one of the most desirable Renault F1 cars of the period, but Chassis F1 B7 is in top running order and believed to be the only example of its type in race ready condition.

Reference Number 13184

as of 9/14/2007

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