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Re-release: Renault RE-20 Turbo c/w Photoetched Parts from Tamiya

Febrauri 2nd 2022 update: Today Tamiya announced this set on their website. It will be released again with kit number 12033!

Tamiya is going to re-release the Renault RE-20 Turbo from the 1980’s. It is a 1/12 scale kit and it comes with PE parts. This set will get the numer 12033 (again?).

The Renault RE20 was a Formula One car raced by the Renault team in the 1980 season. The car was designed by Francois Castaing and Michel Tétu and designed using Ground effect aerodynamics. The car was powered by the 1.5L turbocharged Renault Gordini EF1 engine, which by 1981 was producing a reported 520 bhp (388 kW; 527 PS). This was roughly 50 more than the 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 still in wide use at the time in Formula One, though Renault’s power did lag behind the new 560 bhp (418 kW; 568 PS) turbocharged engine being used by Ferrari. In keeping with everything French on the car, the tyres used by Renault were Michelin.
The driving lineup for the all French team was made up at the time entirely of French drivers. Driving the RE20 in 1980 were Jean-Pierre Jabouille and René Arnoux, while in 1981 Arnoux continued with the team but Jabouille was replaced by a young Alain Prost who had made his Formula One debut in 1980 for McLaren.
The Renault RE20 achieved three Grand Prix wins during the 1980 season. Arnoux won both the Brazilian and South African races while Jabouille was the winner of the Austrian Grand Prix.
A modified version of the car, the RE20B, raced in first five races of the 1981 season. The RE20B was replaced by the Renault RE30.

  • Super-detailed turbocharged 6 cylinder engine
  • Moveable Side Skirts
  • Semi-pneumatic rubber tires
  • Moveable front & rear suspension
  • Steerable front wheels
  • Detachable cowling
  • Model depicts No.16 Rene Arnoux&39;s RE-20 Turbo at the 1980 Long Beach GP
  • Includes photo-etched parts to depict radiator, intercooler, oil cooler and brake disc

May 6th 2022 update: More kit information has been released!

Here Comes a Turbo
Three wins in 1980 for the Renault RE-20 Turbo were a great reward for the French company’s work on the turbocharged engine, and proved to the world that turbo technology had the potential to win races. Renault was the first manufacturer to enter a turbo engine car in the top class of racing, in 1977: the RS-01, and by 1979 they had developed it further into a twin turbo design, employed in the ground effect RS-10, which scored the first ever turbo engine car victory. The following year, it was the turn of the RE-20, which weighed in 30kg lighter than the RS-10 and employed a 1.5-liter twin turbo V6 DOHC engine; limited by regulations to half of the capacity of naturally aspirated rivals, it nonetheless provided around 520hp. The car featured a ground effect design with a slimline central monocoque flanked by side pontoons, and its success arguably paved the way for the turbo era of top class racing.

  • This is a 1/12 scale plastic model assembly kit. Length: 389mm, width: 184mm.
  • Front and rear suspension setups feature internal coil springs and mirror the mechanism of the full size car.
  • A highly detailed recreation of the V6 turbo engine features renderings of turbocharger and intercooler details, and even has cables and tubing depicted.
  • Body and nose cowlings are removable, and internal features such as frame and side pontoon cooling systems can be admired after completion.
  • Front wheels are steered via the wheel in the cockpit.
  • Side pontoons can be moved up and down.
  • Realistic synthetic rubber tires also feature sidewall detailing.
  • Cockpit details such as seatbelt, shifter and pedals add an extra layer of authenticity.
  • Photo-etched parts are included to recreate radiators, intercoolers, oil coolers, and brake discs.

This kit was first released with number 12026 in 1981 and was already re-released with number 12033 before in 2007. More info on the Tamiya website.

Release expected around may 2022!

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