The Renault RS16 has appeared in testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. The car is closely based on the design the team used last year, when it was Lotus, with alterations at the rear to accommodate a Renault power unit instead of a Mercedes.
This has resulted in “major changes are at the back of the chassis” according to technical director Nick Chester, “particularly how we have laid out the cooling system”.
Although much of the rest of the car is evolutionary, Renault already plans to introduce a substantial upgrade for at the next test.
“We have a comprehensive development plan over season,” said Chester. “Our aero programme is ongoing and we’ll be trying to bring bodywork updates to put even more downforce on the car.”
“In parallel we also have a suspension programme to bring mechanical updates, with sizeable upgrades scheduled for the first test after Barcelona. Other than that we aim to have a normal winter testing programme, putting the mileage on the car and parts and building confidence in all systems.”
Renault is using an interim testing livery on the car.
Renault RS16 pictures
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