Monaco

10 May 2014

Lot 113

1982 Renault RE30B Formula One

To be auctioned on Saturday, May 10, 2014

Sold for €229.600

  • Chassis no. F1 B7


560 hp, 1,492 cc 90-degree V-6 engine with twin intercooled KKK turbochargers, Bosch mechanical fuel injection, Renault type 30/Hewland five-speed gearbox, top rocker arms, lower wishbones, inboard springs, front and rear suspension, and hydraulically assisted vented-steel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,730 mm

  • Used by Rene Arnoux for eight races in the 1982 Formula One season
  • Achieved pole positions at Imola, Monaco, and Zandvoort
  • One of the greats of the mythical turbo era


Following a long absence in international motor racing, Renault entered Formula One in 1977. The first two years proved to be focused on development, as their first win came on home turf at the 1979 Dijon Grand Prix, with Jean-Pierre Jabouille driving. The following year, Renault secured two victories with driver René Arnoux, who was in his first year with the team. Alain Prost secured three wins for the team in 1981, and by 1982, the team was ready to be even more competitive.



The formidable driver pairing of Prost and Arnoux would stay on with Renault for 1982, and Renault presented a much improved version of the RE30, renaming the car RE30B. The car featured a redesigned nose and a new rear wing for better aerodynamics, and engineers coaxed an additional 20 horsepower from the 1.5-litre twin-turbocharged engine. However, the field definitely became more hotly contested, as Ferrari, Toleman, Brabham, and Alfa Romeo teams all introduced cars with turbocharged 1.5-litre engines for the new season.



Chassis RE30B/F1 B7, the car offered here, was used by René Arnoux from the Brazilian Grand Prix until Zandvoort, accumulating to a total of eight races. Within those races, Arnoux’s best result was 10th place at Detroit, where he put in a series of impressive performances in both qualifying and the race itself, and he also landed pole positions at Imola, Monaco, and Zandvoort.



That year’s Monaco Grand Prix was perhaps Arnoux’s best performance with this car. After posting the fastest time in qualifying, Arnoux sat in pole position on the Circuit de Monaco on the morning of 23 May 1982, which would surely be a memorable moment for any driver. Arnoux held the lead off the start, putting in an excellent first lap and keeping some of Formula One’s all-time greats in his rearview mirror. Arnoux would hold that position until the 15th lap, where he spun out and stalled exiting a corner, watching teammate and fellow countryman Alain Prost take the lead. Renault achieved pole position for an incredible 10 out of 16 races in 1982.



In 1987, RB30B, chassis B7, was sold directly from Renault Sport to former team manager Jean Sage, who commissioned Dominique Bachard to fully rebuild the engine some years later in 1996. Subsequently, it has passed through just three private owners, including noted Brazilian collector Abraham Kogan, and it has been a frequent sight at historic racing events. More recently, the current owner, a regular historic racer himself, commissioned Geoff Page Racing to install an electrical management system, which makes starting and running the car much easier at events. It has most recently been looked after by Matt Faults, of Tour-de-Force Power Engineering.



The RE30B is perhaps one of the most desirable Renault cars of Formula One’s turbo era, and this is believed to be the only example of its type in race-ready condition. It is beautifully presented in Renault’s distinctive period racing livery, and it is only appropriate that a car that once raced on the great street circuit of this very city be offered for sale here, during the fantastic Historic Grand Prix weekend.






Moteur V-6 à 90°, 1 492 cm3, 560 ch, deux turbocompresseurs KKK avec intercooler, injection mécanique Bosch, boîte Renault type 30/Hewland cinq rapports, suspension avant et arrière à balanciers et triangles inférieurs, ressorts inboard, freins à disques ventilés sur les quatre roues, assistance hydraulique. Empattement: 2 730 mm.



  • Pilotée par René Arnoux lors de huit courses de la saison 1982 de Formule 1
  • Pole position à Imola, Monaco et Zandvoort
  • Une des voitures emblématiques de l'ère mythique des turbos




A la suite d'une longue absence de la scène sportive internationale, Renault s'engageait en 1977 au Championnat du monde de Formule 1. Les deux premières années étaient consacrées à la mise au point, la première victoire étant signée dans le pays du constructeur, au Grand Prix de Dijon 1979, par Jean-Pierre Jabouille. L'année suivante, Renault remportait deux victoires avec René Arnoux dont c'était la première saison dans l'équipe. Alain Prost signait trois autres victoires en 1981 et, en 1982, l'équipe Renault était devenue vraiment compétitive.



Le formidable tandem Prost et Arnoux allait rester chez Renault en 1982 et le constructeur présentait une version très améliorée de la RE30, renommée RE30 B. La voiture comportait un avant redessiné et un aileron arrière modifié pour améliorer l'aérodynamique, et les ingénieurs avaient réussi à tirer 20 ch de plus du moteur turbo 1,5 litre. Cette nouvelle saison voyait toutefois la concurrence se durcir, les équipes Ferrari, Toleman, Brabham et Alfa Romeo étant toutes présentes avec de nouveaux moteurs 1,5 litre turbo.



La voiture que nous proposons ici, châssis RE30B/F1 B7, a été utilisée par René Arnoux depuis le Grand Prix du Brésil jusqu'à celui de Zandvoort, participant à huit courses. Lors de ces épreuves, le meilleur résultat remporté par Arnoux sera une dixième place à Detroit, où il réalisait une performance impressionnante tant en qualification que pendant la course. Par ailleurs, il signait la pole position à Imola, Monaco et Zandvoort.



Le Grand Prix de Monaco de cette année-là a sans doute été témoin de la meilleure performance d'Arnoux au volant de cette voiture. Après avoir réalisé le meilleur temps en qualifications, Arnoux plaçait sa monoplace en pole position sur la grille de départ du circuit de Monaco, le 23 mai 1982. Un moment probablement mémorable dans une carrière de pilote. Arnoux prenait la tête dès le départ, réussissant un excellent premier tour et laissant derrière lui quelques-uns des meilleurs pilotes de l'époque. Arnoux va conserver le commandement jusqu'au 15e tour où, victime d'un tête-à-queue, il verra son coéquipier Alain Prost prendre la tête. Au cours de cette saison, Renault a signé 10 fois la pole positon, sur un total de 16 épreuves.



En 1987, la RB30 B, châssis B7, était cédée directement à Jean Sage, directeur sportif de Renault Sport jusqu'à 1986. Quelques années plus tard, en 1996, il a demandé à Dominique Bachard de refaire le moteur. Par la suite, la voiture est passée entre les mains de trois propriétaires privés, dont le collectionneur brésilien reconnu Abraham Kogan, et elle a été vue souvent lors de compétitions historiques. Plus récemment, l'actuel propriétaire, lui-même pilote en courses historiques, a demandé à Geoff Page Racing d'installer un système de gestion électronique du moteur, ce qui rend nettement plus facile le démarrage et le fonctionnement de la voiture. Celle-ci a été récemment contrôlée par Matt Faults, de Tour-de-Force Power Engineering.



La RE30 B est sans doute la Renault de Formule 1 la plus désirable de l'époque des turbos, et cet exemplaire est probablement le seul de son type qui soit prêt à prendre la piste. Il se présente magnifiquement dans la livrée sportive spécifique de Renault à l'époque, et il est tout à fait de circonstance que cette monoplace, qui a couru sur le circuit de Monaco, soit proposée ici même, pendant le week-end fantastique du Grand Prix Historique.

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