1995 Renault Espace F1 Concept

This Espace came on the scene in 1994, celebrating ten years of partnership between Renault and Matra with ten cylinders for birthday candles. To make the Espace F1, Matra used 1994 world champions Williams Renault’s power train unit.

This engine was fitted centrally in the Espace without changing the model. To do so, they took an Espace off the assembly-line, cut out its floor pan to replace it with a carbon body structure harbouring the 820 hp V10, sequential box and automatic attitude control.

With a special front end, ad hoc brakes and aerodynamic appendices to prevent it from flying away, it could get up to 300 kph!

In Detail

submitted byRichard Owen
price $$ Prototype
engineRS4 Grand Prix V10
displacement3500 cc / 213.6 in³
power596.6 kw / 800.0 bhp @ rpm
specific output228.57 bhp per litre
bhp/weight615.38 bhp per tonne
torque705.0 nm / 520.0 ft lbs @ rpm
driven wheelsMid Engine / RWD
front brakesVented Carbon Discs
f brake sizemm / in
rear brakesVented Carbon Discs
r brake sizemm / in
curb weight1300 kg / 2866 lbs
wheelbase2715 mm / 106.9 in
length4430 mm / 174.4 in
width2050 mm / 80.7 in
transmission6-Speed Sequential
gear ratios:1
top speed~312.2 kph / 194.0 mph
0 – 60 mph~2.8 seconds