Renault Confident of Step Forward with R24

The Renault team are confident their new R24 chassis will be a significant step forward compared to this year's R23 machine.

Renault Confident of Step Forward with R24

The Renault team are confident their new R24 chassis will be a significant step forward compared to this year's R23 machine.

The design of the new R24 chassis which will be used in the 2004 season is already well under way and a 50 percent scale model of the car has already been tested intensively in the team's wind tunnel for a number of weeks, the French outfit said.

"The R23 is already very aerodynamically efficient," explained technical director Mike Gascoyne. "With the R24, we hope to make another step forward. The data we have already collected is encouraging, and there are still six months available to hone the project. We are pushing ahead at full speed.

"Tim Densham spent 2002 hard at work on the R23, which he has also developed this season. In parallel, Mark Smith began work on R24, the design of which began last December. And then, while Mark is developing the new car in 2004, Tim will begin the process again with R25."

Gascoyne said the car was painted with a dark colour in order to see the shadows better, which allows the team to spot quickly any possible problems in the wind tunnel.

"Strangely enough, the model is actually painted green," said Gascoyne. "The reasoning behind it is very simple: it doesn't make it any faster, but means we avoid any potential confusion with models from previous years when it comes to keeping parts in Stores."

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