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Renault to participate in 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed after a five year break

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Goodwood Festival of Speed will once again have Renault back after a short absence. Renault has been one of Goodwood Festival of Speed’s earliest supporters and they will be returning to hold the world’s largest celebration of motor sports and car culture. Renault has chosen the 2012 Festival of Speed to celebrate 110 years of its engine expertise and will be bringing out a number of interesting and much sought after models and concepts.

Renault will also put on display some of their iconic vehicles at Goodwood. Among these will be the Type K which is fitted with Renault’s first 4 cylinder engine and which went on to win the Paris to Vienna race in 1902. Also on display will be the 1935 Viva Grand Sport and Alpine A110, Megane Renault sport and Clio Renault sport.

Other Renault vehicles will also participate and will include the Renault Alpine A110-50 concept which was built to mark the company’s 50th anniversary of Alpine A110 Berlinetta. RS01, RE40, R5 Maxi Turbo and Alpine A443 Megane will be seen driven by Carlos Tavares, COO of Renault and Alain Prost, Jean Ragnotti and other Renault drivers.

News release: RENAULT RETURNS TO THE GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Renault return to the prestigious event to commemorate 110 years of engine excellence. The event will he held from June 29 to July 1 in the grounds of Goodwood House, 100km south of London.

• Landmark vehicles in Renault’s sporting heritage (Renault Maxi 5 Turbo, Alpine Renault A110, Renault Alpine A443) will be introduced to the crowds by drivers who have made important contribution to the company’s history, including Alain Prost who was named Ambassador for the Renault Brand in February 2012, Jean Ragnotti, Michel Leclère and Emmanuel Guigou.

• Significant vehicles from the brand’s past and present will be on display in a dedicated pavilion. From the first victory for a Renault engine in the 1902 Paris- Vienna road race, to the brand’s 10th Formula 1 Constructors’ World Championship in
2011, more than 110 years of Renault engineering excellence – for both road and competition use – will be on display.

• In addition to other surprises, vehicles from the current range will be displayed, notably including Renault Twizy and the Renault ZOE and particularly ZOE « 24 H Challenge », which recently established a new record for the longest distance covered by an electric car in 24 hours.

Renault is a volume manufacturer which has consistently redefined the limits in keeping with a single undertaking which has always been to bring innovative powertrains that combine reliability and performance to as broad a public as possible.

Goodwood: a very English garden party

Following six consecutive participations between 2001 and 2006, followed by a five-year break, Renault is making its comeback as a partner to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Speed and Goodwood have gone hand in hand for many years. The first motor racing was held there in 1936, when the ninth Duke of Richmond organised a hillclimb through the house’s grounds. The Second World War put an end to things, however, but paradoxically it also gave the venue a boost with the construction of Goodwood circuit, which originally formed the perimeter road of a military airfield. The first race was held there in 1948, and the last in 1966.

In 1993, Charles Gordon-Lennox, the current Earl of March and a true petrol head, wanted to restart motor racing in the region – but couldn’t obtain permission to reopen the circuit. He therefore decided to stage his own festival, in the grounds of his home. It was an immediate success, with 30,000 visitors – and soon grew to welcome 180,000 people every year.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is now a hillclimb which runs alongside many other attractions: a concours d’élégance, a technical display pavilion featuring technologies of the future, exhibitions through the day and even specific events for younger visitors. The meeting also provides the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of the greatest drivers in motorsport history.