Renault's V8 on time
21 November 2005 –
Renault's new V8 is 'on time', engine technical director Rob White has insisted. The Briton said the current target with the novel 2.4 litre formula is to be 'perfectly prepared' for the season opener in Bahrain next March. "The engine was fired up this summer on the exact planned date," White explained. "We have since accelerated our work to hit our performance and reliability milestones. There is still a lot of work to do, but we are on target."
Renault, although drivers' and constructors' champion of 2005, has been criticised for opting to leave the V8 on the dyno while most rivals have already clocked up actual miles.
In fact, the '06 Renault V8 won't hit the track until January. White explained: "We have planned the project in a prudent, pragmatic way. We are confident we have the correct answer for our team."