Renault reveal their vision of F1 in 2027
Transparent cockpits, LED lights, cars which 'interact' with each other and spectators - this is the future of Formula One, according to one of its oldest teams.
Renault are celebrating their 40th anniversary of their first race in F1, and have marked the occasion by revealing a concept car, representing what they think the vehicles in 2027 will look like.
The team unveiled the spectacular car at the Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition, as well as through a series of striking photographs.
Renault proudly proclaimed on Twitter: 'That ladies and gents, is our vision of the future, as we celebrate 40 years in the sport.'
Among their innovations are a 'transparent cockpit and helmet', to give fans and viewers a better glimpse of the drivers, addressing one of the biggest problems F1 faces - a lack of a human touch - as well as making the drivers safer by enclosing them in their cars, rather than the current open seats.
Their other suggestions are for LED lights on the wheels and moving aerodynamic parts such as the wings, again to make the cars more interesting to watch.
Renault also want 'more extensive interaction between the cars', they claimed in a press release, and 'greater connection with spectators', such as allowing the data seen by drivers and pit crews to also be available to fans.
They have also proclaimed a vision of safer racing with an 'autonomous' mode in case of an accident, and to make the sport more environmentally friendly with a fuel tank half the size of currently, and an electric-only mode to be used in the pit lane.
Renault will certainly hoping that, by 2027, they will be more competitive in the sport than they currently are.
They last won the world championship in 2006 when they had Fernando Alonso in the race seat, and last season - returning as a sole constructor after four seasons out - they came ninth out of 11 teams with just eight points.