VIVE LA FRANCE

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Readers Write -

HOWabout a free plug for Re­nault and the French mo­tor in­dus­try, please? Re­nault has proved once again that it is the best en­gine maker in the world, hav­ing won an­other F1 GP — which is the tough­est prov­ing ground in the world for en­gine tech­nol­ogy.

Re­mem­ber too that Re­nault rein­tro­duced turbo mo­tors into the mod­ern GP era and when tur­bos were banned, it was Re­nault’s V10 con­fig­u­ra­tion that the likes of Fer­rari and Honda copied when they re­alised their V12s were un­suit­able. Re­nault in­tro­duced pneu­matic and elec­tro-pneu­matic pre­cise- valve ac­tu­a­tion which has been em­u­lated by all of the mod­ern en­gine mak­ers.

It was a French­man, Jac­ques Sch­nei­der, and his tro­phy that spurred on the de­vel­op­ment of the fa­mous Rolls-Royce Mer­lin V12 aero en­gine in time for WWII.

The Bri­tish proudly claim that win­ning the Battle of Bri­tain was the turn­ing point for them dur­ing the war — which means, by their own ad­mis­sion, Bri­tain was saved by a French­man.

An­thony Xuereb

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