Another classic Formula One race car has been announced for F1 2017, this time the winner of the 2006 F1 Driver’s and Constructor’s championship: the 2006 Renault R26!
11 years ago, the 2006 F1 Championship was one for the ages. Legendary driver Michael Schumacher had announced that this was to be his “final season”, and he intended to go out with an 8th championship win. After a hard fought battle which came down to the final race, Spanish driver Fernando Alonso took home the championship in the Renault R26, putting a thorn in Schumacher’s “final season” (well… until Schumacher returned 4 years later).
The Renault R26 won 8 out of the 18 races run in the 2006 Formula One season, winning more than any other car. The car is powered by a V8 engine, mated to a 7-speed flappy paddle gearbox. The car also featured a controversial piece of engineering, called the “Tuned Mass Damper”. Using technology similar to what buildings use to dampen the forces from an earthquake, the Tuned Mass Damper was used to keep the front of the car stable over bumps and curbs. This led to an aerodynamic advantage, and was later deemed illegal by F1 stewards at the halfway point in the season. It’s not known if the version of the R26 in F1 2017 will be the Tuned Mass Damper version or not, but we will find out for ourselves when F1 2017 is released next month (August 25th 2017).
The 2006 Renault R26 will join the already announced roster of the 1992 Williams FW14B, 1995 Ferrari 412 T2, 1996 Williams FW18, 2002 Ferrari F2002, 2004 Ferrari F2004, 2007 Ferrari F2007, 2010 Red Bull Racing RB6, and the 1988 McLaren MP4/4, which is pre-order DLC.
Which car are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!