New season, new design
In Misano, for the launch of the new 2013 season, the Renault Trucks-MKR Technology team racing trucks inaugurated a new design from the Renault Trucks Hall of Design (HDD). This new design re-emphasises Renault Trucks' visual distinctiveness on the track and is in line with the design of the new range that the manufacturer will be unveiling on 11 June in Lyon. Bruno Blin, the President of Renault Trucks, attended the launch of this new season together with the 1,000 plus customers that the manufacturer had invited to the event. The driver Adam Lacko kicked off the season and that of the team by delivering a very fine second place.
Throughout Friday 17 May, the curtains on the paddock of the Renault Trucks-MKR Technology team's paddock remained closed. It was only in the evening, following a press conference attended by Bruno Blin, the President of Renault Trucks and Mario Kress, director of MKR Technology, that the 2013 trucks were finally unveiled. Created by the Renault Trucks Hall of Design (HDD) teams, this design was unanimously applauded by the journalists present and also impressed the crowds the following day. "We wanted to emphasise Renault Trucks' visual distinctiveness with this new design," explained Hervé Bertrand, Renault Trucks' director of design. "Particularly by making these racing trucks consistent with our future range, due to be unveiled on 11 June in Lyon. It is only logical for the spirit and visual language of the racing trucks to be reflected in our future models." But, as ever with Renault Trucks, design is not only a question of style: "We have had three years’ experience with MKR Technology," added Hervé Bertrand. "And after discussions with the team, we decided to redesign certain parts. The aim was to enable the team to replace the parts of the bodywork that get damaged during races faster and more easily. This principally applies to the lower parts of the radiator grille or the side fairings which are particularly vulnerable to the, shall we say, inevitably virile contacts that are an inherent component of the race!"
On the track, the two drivers, Adam Lacko and Markus Bösiger, gave it their all, but this weekend did not turn out to be particularly favourable for them. However, Adam Lacko rounded up the meeting in style by getting his first podium place of the season with a splendid second place in race n°4.
Renault Trucks and its Italian subsidiary welcomed more than 1,000 customers during the weekend. They were, in particular, invited to admire the new racing truck displayed next to the "long distance" version of its big brother: the Renault Premium Truck Racing special edition.
Renault Trucks Italy also took advantage of the race at Misano to organise the final of its Optifuel Challenge. Carried out in an area adjoining the track over a route of some 40 km, this final brought together the six best Italian drivers who vied with each other at the wheel of a pre-owned Optifuel Premium Long Distance EEV special edition vehicle. The three winners earned a trip to Lyon, accompanied by their company manager, for the official presentation of the new Renault Trucks range on 11 June.
Renault Trucks has an appointment with all its fans and customers for the next race, at Navarra, on 1 and 2 June.
European Truck Racing Championship calendar for 2013
|1er and 2 June||Navarra||Spain|
|15 and 16 June||Nogaro||France|
|6 and 7 July||Spielberg||Austria|
|13 and 14 July||Nürburgring||Germany|
|27 and 28 July||Smolensk||Russia|
|31 August and 1 Septembe||Most||Czech Republic|
|21 et 22 septembre||Zolder||Belgium|
|5 and 6 October||Jarama||Spain|
|12 and 13 October||Le Mans||France|