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Tech analysis: Renault R26

The Renault R26 is a clear development of the successful R25, and in recent testing the car has been quick and reliable. Craig Scarborough analyses the design and philosophy of the reigning champions' 2006 challenger

Renault hit the jackpot in 2005. Their car dominated the opening races, and it was only by mid season that the pressure from McLaren really left the Anglo-French team behind on the pace. Renault brought the fight back to McLaren at the end of the season to secure both championships. However, largely reported as a reliability run to the championship, the more conservative solutions on the Renault car belied its speed.

Ahead of their formal 2006 launch, Renault began testing their all-new R26. The first tests were significant, as the V8 engine had not run in a car up until that point. Instead, Renault ran the engine solely on the dyno in France, and the 2005 chassis ran with a V10 engine tuned to mimic the V8 power delivery.

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