Alpine & Renault: The Development of the Revolutionary Turbo F1 Car 1968-1979

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Veloce Publishing Ltd, Nov 15, 2008 - Sports & Recreation - 224 pages
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This is a study of how the first Turbo Grand Prix car came to be a reality. From its earliest beginnings starting way back with a brief history of Renault, the development of Jean Redeles company, Alpine. The reasons for the first experimental car in 1968 that was so nearly raced in the French GP of that year but who’s development was stopped by Renault. The creation of a Turbo engine for the Alpine sports car that was to lead to the idea of a Grand Prix car powered by a Turbo charged 1500cc engine. The dedication of Grand Prix driver Jean Pierre Jabouille to develop the car on the track is graphically described and demonstrates the huge technical challenges that awaited the team. The book is stunningly illustrated and is completed by a full record of the developments and races during the Turbo era. With personal input from interviews with the men of the time. Transcript of first public test, Race reports on every race, over 200 photos and special illustrations.
 

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Contents

Introduction acknowledgements
5
In the beginning
12
Alpine
18
The Alpine A350 experimental Grand Prix car
24
The designer Richard Bouleau 24 The driver Mauro Bianchi 26 The A350 just an experiment? 27 4 Gordini the name on the engine
34
The development of an idea
40
Elf and the turbo
50
The Alpine A500 nicknamed the Phantom
63
Climbing the mountain
77
The signs are there 1978
99
the R5 Turbo
227
Index
238
Copyright

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About the author (2008)

Roy Smith is a retired company director with a lifetime passion for motor sport. He began writing in the 1960s for club magazines, recording details of interviews with notables of the time.

A 40-year business career in sales and marketing developed an attention to detail that is crucial to writing a work such as this and his previous works about the development of the first turbo Formula 1 car, the complete history of the Alpine Renault sports prototypes (for which he was awarded the Guild of Motoring Writers Mercedes Benz Prize and the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2010), a comprehensive study of the racing legend Amedee Gordini and the definitive work on Alpine Renault berlinettes. He has written and continues to write many specialist articles for websites and magazines in the UK, and internationally as a UK historic correspondent.

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