Alonso complains about little testing: “F1 the only sport in which you are not allowed to train”

Fernando Alonso has destroyed the ever-diminishing amount of testing allowed in Formula One. At the start of the Spaniard’s career, teams tested thousands of miles per season, including between races. To cut costs, testing has now been severely restricted, with most being banned completely in the season and even dropping winter testing from six days in 2020 to just three days before the 2021 season.

One and a half days of testing per driver

The 39-year-old Alonso will return to Renault next year in F1, after two years inactive in the premier class of motorsport. Speaking to the Spanish newspaper AS, he says: “Yes, F1 is very contradictory. It is the most advanced sport in the world, with millions in investment, but the only sport in which the athlete is not allowed to train.”

“Next year there will be a total of one and a half days of testing per driver with the new cars, and from that moment on the championship of 2021 will start. Play leaves, but it is what it is. “

“We have to look for alternative methods such as the simulator and make other investments as a team to replace them.”

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Renault Mégane arrives as a crossover. The new boss sees him as a business success

In the past, the Mégane range also included models such as the three-door hatch, convertible or MPV. In the future, it should also include a crossover.

Luca de Meo took over the management of Renault in July, the current head of Satt, who immediately began working to revive the brand. It expects massive cuts in the future, but also with investments in commercially interesting models. Except Capturu Renault is not doing very well in the field of popular SUVs and crossovers, which de Meo would like to change in the future.

The French carmaker is therefore counting on expanding the range of such models. The first was announced this week when Renault officially announced it in the first half of 2021, Arkana will start offering the expected SUV coupe in Europe, still available on the Russian market.

So far, another novelty is being talked about unofficially. According to behind-the-scenes sources familiar with the situation, de Meo is counting on a new compact crossover that would expand the Mégane model line. Its appearance is not yet known, but there is talk of a sports-shaped car. “Luca de Meo wants to develop slightly different silhouettes to add value,” says one of the sources.

If a few months ago there was talk that Mégane could have it tilted for the future in the current concept and be completely replaced by a crossover, the new boss has indicated that he continues to count on this compact model. Only its offer will be further expanded. In the future, it should even be one of the key pillars of the brand. De Meo sees this segment as an opportunity for higher margins than today’s successful Clio and Captur models, which allows Renault to earn more.

The arrival of the crossover in the Mégane family is to be part of extensive changes in Renault’s offer. As part of the restructuring, the new CEO wants to focus primarily on segments with high business potential. That’s why the models that don’t do well in the store should end – whether it’s the Talisman middle class model or the MPV Scénic and Espace. They are to be replaced by cars with greater potential, such as the Arkana or the compact crossover.

By the way, Renault Mégane has been part of the French brand’s offer since 1995, when it gradually replaced the 19 model. Over the years, however, the offer has narrowed in response to interest, today’s fourth generation Mégan is as affordable as a five-door hatchback, station wagon and sedan.

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Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid, the hybrid with the Formula 1 system

Renault Clio for years now it has been the best-selling foreign car of segment B in Italy. The current fifth generation of the Clio comes with the innovative E-Tech Full Hybrid engine, the synthesis of Renault’s experience in electric vehicles and in Formula 1. All Renault’s electric know-how has been applied to hybrid vehicles to build a revolutionary technology thanks also to racing experience. The points of contact between Formula 1 and production vehicles are numerous and among these stand out: the recovery system energy and its reuse, as well as the adoption of an innovative Multi-mode automatic transmission with tooth engagement, a first for production vehicles.

Formula 1 technology

The architecture of the motorization E-TECH Hybrid by Clio, predicts two electric motors – an “e-Motor” and a high-voltage starter type HSG (High-Voltage Starter Generator) – a 1.2 kWh (230V) lithium-ion battery and an innovative Multi-mode transmission with free tooth clutch of friction associated with a 1.6 liter petrol engine new generation, specially revisited for the occasion. The main electric motor ensures starting the car and traction to the wheels in fully electric mode up to 75 km / h. The revolutionary combination of electric motors and toothed transmission allows for the optimization and smoothness of gear changes, energy management and improved energy efficiency.

The absence of the clutch in this innovative transmission it allows to start the engine at 100% in electric mode without stressing the thermal engine. It is the main electric motor that systematically ensures starting of the Clio E-Tech Hybrid, offering the added benefit of immediately available torque and a particularly responsive start.

Ideal for city use

The Clio E-TECH Hybrid shows its maximum effectiveness during city use. The ability to regenerate the battery being deceleration and braking similar to that of electric vehicles is maximized by the new driving mode B-Mode, which allows to further increase energy regeneration. These features allow you to optimize consumption and driving in electric mode. With Clio E-Tech Hybrid you can drive up 80% of the time in the city in full electric mode, with a reduction that can go up to 40% compared to heat engines in the urban cycle. In mixed cycle, Clio E-TECH Hybrid, consumes 4.3 liters / 100 km (combined cycle WLTP).

Energy recovery and reuse are key components of the Clio E-TECH hybrid system. Energy recovery during braking allows you to recharge the battery “for free”, but also to avoid using the brakes and therefore wearing them out. After recovering the energy, it can be reused to run the car without consuming even a drop of petrol. You can therefore drive in full electric or thermal mode and, if the thermal power exceeds the need, the battery is recharged by accumulating energy, to be used at a later time.

The prices of the Renault Clio E-Tech Hybrid

Clio E-Tech Hybrid is available with a price list starting from 21.950€ in the ZEN setting. For the launch of the Hybrid Clio technology, the LIMITED SERIES E-TECH.

This exclusive limited series is distinguished not only by additional equipment than the INTENS level, but also by a series of details that enhance the design of the vehicle, such as specific badges, copper tones at the level of the air intakes of the front bumper, rims and hubcaps. Inside, the design is completed by exclusive upholstery. There E-Tech Limited Series is available from € 25.400.

Legislative decree M1 CO2 61-90 of 2020 provides purchase incentives for cars with emissions between 61 and 90 g CO2 / km in the NEDC cycle. Clio full Hybrid is fully part of the category with 83 gr of CO2 / km of emissions in the NEDC cycle (WLTP 96 gr) and therefore benefits from state incentives linked to the decree equal to € 1,000 or € 1,750 in case of scrapping.

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The Renault Group will launch a new SUV for seven passengers

He Renault Group begins to launch its new launch schedule planned for this unprecedented decade, which started badly hit by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, while we wait in Argentina for the arrival of the second generation Duster and the new Captur, in Europe, Dacia, the Romanian firm of “low cost” models presented the new generation of Sandero, Logan and Stepway, family that is expected to arrive in the next time.

With a notorious evolution compared to the models currently offered in our continent, this trident will not be the only novelty of Dacia for this year, but now the next news will come from the hand of a new seven-seater model that seeks to combine space with the number of passengers.

According to Automotive News, the new sport utility would be bigger than Duster (also marketed under the Dacia brand) and would target models such as Chevrolet Spin, a family that is expected to become SUV in the next generation. The future model of the Romanian company will lead to a twin of the Renault brandAs with the vehicles mentioned above, it will be offered in emerging markets.

The platform still does not know if it will be the B0 (used by the new generation of Duster, Captur, Sandero, Stepway and Logan) or the low-cost CMF of the new compact family. In design there is not much data, but inside it would have to follow the same path as the new Duster. In dimensions, it could offer a length 4.60 or 4.65 meters and one 2.72 meter wheelbase.

In our region it will be necessary to see what measures are taken since there are several future projects, either for Renault or for its partner Nissan. Under the hood, I’d adopt the new mechanics 1.3 turbo TCe of approximately 150 hp.


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Renault Arkana is finally heading to Europe. The SUV coupe bets on hybrid drive

The SUV coupe originally introduced for the Russian market will be available on Western European markets with three engines. They will all be hybrid.

Renault will finally expand its offer in the European markets with the Arkana SUV coupe. It first debuted in 2018 in Russia, where a year later it also started selling. Since then, there has been talk that this model will also expand the brand’s European offer. Now we know when that will happen.

The French carmaker has finally officially announced that it will also offer the Arkana model in Western Europe. Sales are scheduled to begin in the first half of 2021.

At the same time, the carmaker admitted what the European range of engines will look like. We will have three drive units available, all of which rely on hybrid drive. Two of them (TCe 140 and TCe 160) will be mildhybrid petrol four-cylinder 1.3 TCe with 12V on-board network, which will be a novelty in Renault’s portfolio. The E-Tech Hybrid 140 will then be a full-hybrid, the same unit has already appeared in the Clio model.

The carmaker is not talking about turbodiesel for this model. In Russia, by the way, the Arkana is available with an 85 kW petrol engine with an output of 156 Nm and a torque of 156 Nm and a four-cylinder 1.3 TCe with 112 kW and 250 Nm. All-wheel drive or CVT transmission is available for Russian specifications.

In addition, both variants differ in their technical basis. While the design for the world’s largest country shares technology with Dacia Duster, the European version uses the more advanced CMF-B architecture, known from Clia or Captur.

The main difference between the two models will be the interior. In the case of the European version, it will use two digital displays, one in the instrument cluster and the other for the multimedia system. The solution with a free-standing screen for infotainment (7 “or 9.3” depending on the version) has already been suggested by the sister Samsung XM3 for the South Korean market, while the Russian model has a simpler solution with a multimedia system screen integrated into the dashboard.

The car belongs to the category of compact SUVs. It measures 4,568 mm in length, the wheelbase is 2,720 mm, 90 mm more than in the case of Captur. The already original sporty expression will be further emphasized by the offered RS Line variant with a distinctive bumper with a bar inspired by Formula 1 monoposts.

In addition to electrified motors, a more advanced foundation will make it possible to offer the most modern safety systems. A highway and convoy assistant will be available, combining adaptive cruise control with stop & go with lane keeping assistance, blind spot monitoring, speed limit recognition, speed camera, active parking assist for parallel, inclined and vertical parking.

Renault Arkana for European markets will be manufactured at the Busan plant in South Korea, alongside the already mentioned Samsung XM3.

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The collection of André Lurton dispersed

The Artcurial house is auctioning off, on September 27 in Gironde, the civilian and military vehicles of this great Bordeaux figure.

A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros.
A Fisson 8HP 3 liters “Tonneau” from 1898 estimated between 120,000 and 200,000 euros. Peter Singhof

Sales follow each other but do not resemble each other. Fifteen days after the dispersal of André Trigano’s automobiles, the Motorcars department of Artcurial sells the André Lurton collection. Deceased last year at age 94, this great Bordeaux figure, long president of the Syndicat viticole AOC Entre-Deux-Mers and administrator of the Interprofessional Bordeaux Wine Council (CIVB), owner of Château Bonnet, in the heart of Entre-deux-Mers, had built a collection vehicles which certainly had neither the prestige nor the richness of that of Trigano but which recounted his personal journey.

Passionate about mechanics from a young age, André Lurton had for many years assembled vehicles revealing his story, that of his family and that of his wife, Elisabeth Garros. The Simca 6 reminded him of the car from his honeymoon in Chamonix. On the way back, the breakage of a shock absorber had forced them to wait two days on the banks of the Loire for the arrival of

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Renault intends to revive the production of passenger cars in Zaporozhye, Ukraine

ZAZ or Zaporizhia Automobile Plant (modeled after the domestic LIAZ or Russian VAZ) is an automaker operating in today’s Ukrainian city of Zaporizhia. During the Soviet era, it was most famous for models adapted to the disabled, who were called negatives according to the place of production. In recent years, however, it has discontinued the production of passenger cars when it has focused on the production of buses or trucks.

Now, however, ZAZ is returning to the production of passenger cars, thanks to the Renault group, which has announced that the carmaker in Zaporozhye will produce its cars for the local Ukrainian market. The aim is to revive the Ukrainian car market, which, after the annexation of Crimea by Russia and the outbreak of war in the east of the country with pro-Russian separatists, found itself in a serious crisis for many years.

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The first spy photo of the interior of the new generation of Renault Sandero and Logan appeared

It is expected to be in Mercosur under the Renault brand by 2022 (Photo: Dacia).

The new generation of Sandero and Logan was known by official photos days ago. Shown in Europe under the Dacia brand, they could only be seen from the outside and the interior was left as one of the great unknowns. Until now, the first spy photo appeared.

The French portal L’argus obtained the image and published it, thus demonstrating that indoors they looked for inspiration in the European Clio, from which they also take the platform (called CMF-B).

First spy image of the interior of the new Sandero and Logan.  (Photo: L'argus).
First spy image of the interior of the new Sandero and Logan. (Photo: L’argus).

Dacia is Renault’s Romanian “low cost” brand. Until now, the Logan and Sandero (which were born as Dacia) in Argentina were sold with the Renault logo. Hopefully that will continue, although there is no official release date.

In the image you can see a four-spoke steering wheel, and the multimedia screen on top of the console. It is not integrated but is “floating”, tablet type. The dash is shown very similar to that of the new Duster.

The adventurous version should also be seen by Mercosur (Photo: Dacia).
The adventurous version should also be seen by Mercosur (Photo: Dacia).

Currently these models are manufactured in the region in Argentina (province of Córdoba) and Brazil, but the brand did not report if that will continue.

The brand also showed the version Stepway del Sandero, which, like now, is the one that shows a more adventurous look, with black plastics in various parts of the body, such as the fenders. It also sports roof bars and specific tires.

There was no talk of mechanical, but everything indicates that in the region they use the new three-cylinder engines and TCe of 1.0 and 1.3 liters, with turbo. These engines will make their debut in the new Duster.

The new Logan, the three-volume version of the model (Photo: Dacia).
The new Logan, the three-volume version of the model (Photo: Dacia).

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Driving the Engine World: Renault and Dacia boast popular models

Renault has recently launched a new generation of its popular Clio and Captur models. You will be able to try them on the Rides of the World of Engines.

Driving the World of Engines they are starting this weekend. This is a unique event that allows visitors to test hot news from selected car manufacturers. Renault and Dacia will also be among the 11 confirmed exhibiting brands at the stop in Prague, which will take place on the weekend of September 12 and 13.

They will be presented by the Prague dealer Auto Avant, which will bring eight copies of Dacia and Renault cars to the premises in front of the Letňany Shopping Center. At the same time, it will be possible not only to statically inspect them, but also to test them.

In all cases, you can look forward to extremely popular models. Dacia boasts Duster, one of the most popular SUVs in our country, which will complement Sandero. This is again one of the best-selling hatchbacks on the Czech market.

The parent Renault will present the news of the B segment, ie small hatchback Clio a Captur city SUV. Both have recently had a new generation, so you will be able to test on the spot how successful this intergenerational transformation was.

Let us remind you that the Prague stop of the Rides of the World of Motors event takes place this weekend on September 12 and 13 in the premises of the Prague OC Letňany. Cars will be on display in the car park at the main entrance to the Tesco store on Saturdays between 10:00 and 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 until 17:00. Next weekend, the event will move to the Brno OC Olympia (on the weekend of September 19 and 20) and the whole tour will end with a weekend in the Pilsen OC Olympia (September 26 and 27).

If you want to follow the behind-the-scenes preparations while staying in the center of events, we definitely recommend it official facebook event and ours instagram profile @ Auto.cz.

Rides of the World of Engines (program)

Prague OC Letňany

  • Saturday 12.9. 10-18 hours
  • Sunday 13.9. 10-17 hours

OC Olympia Brno

  • Saturday 19.9. 10-18 hours
  • Sunday 20.9. 10-17 hours

OC Olympia Plzeň

  • Saturday 26.9. 10-18 hours
  • Sunday 27.9. 10-17 hours

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Luca de Meo: “A beautiful story to tell”

Why did you choose to rename the Renault team to the Alpine F1 Team?

F1 must be a constructors’ championship with prestigious brands which have made the history of the category, but more generally the history of the automobile. There must be a possible connection between Sunday’s results and Monday’s sales. A physical link that the customer can see and touch on the street. This is how Ferrari, Mercedes and Aston Martin work. Alpine fits in with this spirit, naturally including the association with Renault as an engine manufacturer. It is a choice which is part of the idea of ​​the reorganization of the group announced a few days ago. We make Alpine one of our business units. The idea is to put F1 at the center of a 360 ° system with activities related to engineering, the Alpine brand itself, the products and the Dieppe site. It is made one of the pillars of Renault’s recovery strategy. The F1 platform will be able to accelerate the notoriety of a brand that is much more focused on Europe, especially France. I am convinced that this will ensure the sustainability of motorsport activities. Every manufacturer goes through ups and downs, and some people don’t necessarily share a passion for motorsport. They see competition as an expense item only. I want to transform it to integrate it into a new business model.

Renault has confirmed its commitment to F1 in the long term, but was it hard won internally?

We always have discussions on these subjects, especially in such a difficult economic climate. The easiest thing to do would be to perceive running as an expensive hobby. But I’m a car lover and I won’t be the one to end Renault’s 43-year F1 presence. I am here to start a new dynamic. Sometimes you don’t need to change the ingredients, just put them together in different ways to create a whole new recipe.

Find the full article in AUTOhebdo N ° 2277 available in digital version and on newsstands.

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