|Renault Espace F1|
|Appears in||Gran Turismo 2|
|Manufacturer||Renault / Williams / Matra|
|Engine||Renault RS5 V10 engine as used in the 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C|
|Max Power||818 BHP|
|Max Torque||520.1 lb-ft|
|0-60 Mph||3.570 seconds|
|Standing Quarter Mile||11.167 seconds|
|Top Speed||312 kilometres per hour (194 mph)|
|Weight||1,300 kilograms (2,900 lb)|
|Power/Weight Ratio||1.59 kg (3.5 lb) per horsepower|
In 1995, Renault displayed a show car called the Espace F1 (created by Matra) to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Espace and Renault's involvement in Formula One racing. Though it resembled an Espace with substantial bodywork changes, the vehicle had more in common with a Formula One car. The vehicle used a lightweight carbon fibre F1 -style chassis in combination a carbon-fibre reinforce Espace J63-series body (as opposed to fibreglass on the standard model. Powering the Espace F1 was an 800 hp (upgraded from its original rating of 700 hp), 3.5-litre, 40-valve Renault RS5 V10 engine as used in the 1993 Williams-Renault FW15C. As with an F1 car, the V10 engine is mid-engined (as opposed to the conventional front-engined layout) and the power was transmitted to the rear wheels via a 6-speed semi-automatic gearbox, also used in the FW15C. The engine and transmission allowed the Espace F1 to accelerate from 0–100 km/h (0–62 mph) in 2.8 seconds, 0–200 km/h (0–124 mph) in 6.9 seconds and carry on accelerating to a top speed of 312 km/h (194 mph). With the use of carbon-ceramic brakes, the Espace F1's deceleration was no less impressive that its acceleration - it could accelerate from 0–270 km/h (0–168 mph) and brake to a complete halt in under 600 metres (1,969 ft). This version of the Espace was featured in the driving simulator, Gran Turismo 2. Frank Williams was a noted passenger of the Espace F1, being chauffeured by David Coulthard.
This description is taken from the NTSC version of Gran Turismo 2:
Welcome to the world's fastest minivan. Introduced at the Paris Motor Show in 1994, the Espace F1 was a bizarre hybrid of people carrier and Grand Prix racer. The familiar Espace body was lowered to a floor-scraping level and sprouted monstrous wings and air intakes and a riotous paint scheme. Underneath, Renault had simply thrown away the standard Espace's front-engined, front-drive chassis and gone to the Williams Grand Prix team for something a bit tastier. A carbon fiber tub with Formula One suspension made the basic structure, while the mid-mounted engine and gearbox were bolted to it. The engine was straight out of a World Championship-winning Williams, a 3.5-liter, 40 valve Renault V10 producing some 800 hp, and driving the rear wheels through an F1-spec transmission. Only driven by a select few Formula One drivers, the Espace F1 could annihilate the 0-60 mph run in less than three seconds. Top speed was close to 200 mph. Carbon fiber disc brakes ensured that it would also stop in an astonishingly short distance. Seeing this mad machine on a circuit was like watching a sped-up movie. The Espace F1 was only driven in anger on a few occasions and now rests in Renault's museum. It's good to know that there once was a minivan that could haul more than groceries.
The Espace F1 can be bought in the special section of the Renault Dealership for 2,000,000 Credits.
- ↑ Mid-engined; Rear-Wheel Drive