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Renault Master conversion brings major efficiencies for Formula One team

The Renault Sport Formula One Team has taken delivery of a Renault Master transporter conversion to transport show cars throughout Europe.

The Renault Sport Formula One Team’s Master conversion

Built by newly accredited Renault converter Advanced KFS (AKFS) to meet exact specifications, the transporter is based on the FWD, 3.5-tonne Master Platform Cab (LL35) and is powered by the 170hp dCi 170 2.3-litre diesel engine.

It joins the Renault Sport Racing’s transportation fleet and brings significant savings in time, costs and labour compared to the previous transportation methods.

AKFS equipped the rear load area with a 10.6 kN electric winch for simple, safe loading and unloading, plus optimised storage space that includes a shelf that can securely carry the car’s removable nose cone while in transit.

The conversion enables a single person to load or unload a Renault Sport Formula One Team show car in as little as 15 minutes while the vehicle itself enables easier access to the often tight entrances to venues and the rural roads around the team’s Enstone base in Oxfordshire. It can also be driven on a normal car licence, bringing further flexibility.

Tim Baston, static show car supervisor, Renault Sport Formula One Team, said: “Having the transporter has made a major impact on the efficiency of our show car operation. It’s constantly out at events, going as far afield as Spain, France and Belgium, and its ease of use means we are saving in all areas, particularly in manpower as only one person is now needed, which allows us to enjoy financial gains in travelling expenses and also grow productivity back at base.

“It’s simply made moving our show vehicles a whole lot easier and more cost-effective.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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