quinta-feira, 4 de março de 2010

Renault RE30

Hoje temos um kit reproduzindo o Renault RE30, modelo usado pelo time francês em 1981 e 82, kit Tamiya escala 1/20. The Renault RE30 was designed by Michel Tetu and Gerard Larrousse. Very different from its predecessor, the RE20. It incorporated carbon fiber into parts of its construction, a material which was becoming more and more commonplace in F1 at the time. The turbocharged engine was developed further and produced around 540 hp, with twin KKK turbochargers. Renault was joined by Ferrari in developing turbo engines for their cars. The RE30 had advanced ground effect technology, with concessions given to the new rules which banned sliding skirts. Renault replaced Jean-Pierre Jabouille with promising young Alain Prost to partner René Arnoux for the season. After a slow start to the year, in which Prost gained only one podium finish, he broke his duck with a win at the French GP at Dijon-Prenois in changeable weather, and followed up with wins at Zandvoort and Monza, which gave him an outside chance at the world championship. Unreliability cost him his chance, but he finished a respectable fourth in the final standings. Arnoux had a very unlucky season and bore the brunt of most of the mechanical trouble that affected the RE30's development, most of which was done by Prost. The RE30 didn't suit Arnoux's aggressive driving style, which may have caused some of the problems with his car. Tamiya kit, 1/20th scale.

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