Ayrton Senna's 1986 Lotus Renault 98T by Peter Hutton
This particular car was driven by Ayrton Senna and marked Renault's swan song of the turbo era. Renault successfully and particularly introduced two key innovations to F1: turbo chargers to bring an end to the Ford DFV8 era and pneumatic valves. Mr DFV8, Keith Duckworth, was underwhelmed by turbo charging. He is quoted as saying turbos are for people who cannot build engines. But had Cosworth embraced pneumatic valves the DFV8 might have developed into something that would have given the turbos a run for their money. With unrestricted boost, 5 atm +, and some very exotic alloys for the cranks these turbo engines would deliver about 1000bhp in race trim and around 50% more than that for qualifying when the boost and fuel consumption was unrestricted. Peter Hutton's illustrations are singular and - dyed into our long strand high tread count ringspun CoolMax freshFX yarns - astonishing.
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