Renault, who returned to the Goodwood in 2012 after a short absence, have unveiled their plans for the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Rather than celebrating their glorious past as they did in 2012 when 110 year of engineering expertise was honoured and visitors got to see models like the Type K, which won the Paris to Vienna race in 1902, and the Alpine A110 from 1961, the French marque will use the festival to look to the future.
Two new concept cars will be unveiled during the festival which runs from 11th to 14th July. Although details have been withheld we understand that both vehicles are “performance oriented” and that one uses an electric powertrain. These two new models will be shown amongst a collection of Renault’s finest cars including the RS01 from 1978 and the Alpine A442B.
Displaying concept cars at Goodwood shows just how far the Festival of Speed has come in the past twenty year. In 1993, the festival really was only about historic racing cars. On display that year was the Alpine Renault A442 that Derek Bell and Jean-Pierre Jabouille drove at Le Mans in 1977 and 1978. Today the same manufacturer is preparing to unveil a pair of concept cars to the press and public at the show.
Road cars on display include the Clio Renaultsport 200 and the Captur crossover vehicle. According to unconfirmed reports Alain Prost will be amongst the famous former racing drivers taking Renault machinery up the famous hill climb course.