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Amsterdam launch for new Renault 08 Dec 2006

Heikki Kovalainen (FIN) Renault R26 Formula One Testing, Day 1, Jerez, Spain. 6 December 2006. World © Bumstead/Sutton.

Renault have announced that their 2007 challenger, the R27, will be unveiled in the Dutch capital Amsterdam on 24 January 2007. The car will be launched at ‘The Factory’, an industrial exhibition space in the Oostenburg area of the city.

Amsterdam is the home city of Renault’s new title partner, ING Group, and was chosen to mark their arrival in the sport. Accordingly, the R27 will sport a new livery, ahead of its race debut at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix - also sponsored by ING - next March.

The launch will not, however, be the first chance to see the new Renault. It is expected to make its first track appearance just over a week earlier in testing at Jerez in Spain, and according to technical director Bob Bell, development of the R27 is right on schedule.

“The first car will be built before Christmas, and will then complete several weeks of static testing here at the factory, while we progress with the build of the second chassis,” he said. “We will conduct an initial shakedown on 16 January in Jerez, followed by three full days of testing at the same circuit.

“We will aim to run two chassis from that first test onwards, in order to maximise our track time with the car and give both race drivers the best possible preparation for the new season.”

The R27 has a tough act to follow. Its predecessor, the R26, secured both the drivers’ and constructors’ world championships for Renault, as did the R25 before that.