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Tamiya F1 preview part 1: Renault RE-20 Turbo

Tamiya has some re-releases planned for the upcoming year. Three 1/12 scale formula 1 model kits and one 1/20 scale model kit. In this 3 part series i will preview the kits.

Tamiya F1 preview part 1: Renault RE-20 Turbo in 1/12th scale

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.

The Tamiya Renault RE-20 Turbo 1/12 scale kit was first released in 1981. This is the 2nd re-release of this 1/12 scale model kit. This kit has been released this month and is available at your local hobby store!

  • This is a 1/12 scale plastic model assembly kit of the Renault RE-20 turbo that was active in the 1980 F1 championship.
  • Overall length 389 mm, overall width 184 mm.
  • It is a large precision scale model with plenty of workmanship and spectacularness.
  • Coil springs are built into the front and rear suspensions, and they operate with the same mechanism as the actual vehicle.
  • The V6 turbo engine is precisely modeled including the turbo system such as turbocharger and intercooler, as well as wiring and piping such as ignition cord and fuel pipe. The drive system such as the transmission is the same as the actual vehicle.
  • The body cowl and nose cowl are removable. Even after completion, you can see the internal structure such as the frame configuration and the cooling system placed in the side pontoon.
  • You can change the direction of the front wheels to the left or right by turning the steering wheel.
  • The side skirt can also be moved up and down.
  • The tires are made of hollow rubber with a realistic texture that accurately reproduces the characters on the sidewalls.
  • The cockpit has a dense finish that reproduces the seat belt, shift knob, and ABC pedal.
  • A set of photo-etched parts for radiators, intercoolers, oil coolers, and brake discs.

Want more information about this kit? Check out the Tamiya website.

Next week part 2: Tyrrell P34 1976 in 1/12 and 1/20 scale!

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