Alpine & Renault (Hardcover)

The Development of the Revolutionary Turbo F1 Car 1968-1979

By Roy Smith

Veloce Publishing, 9781845841775, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 15, 2008

Other Editions of This Title:
Hardcover (6/15/2010)
Hardcover (12/1/2013)
Hardcover (6/15/2010)
Hardcover (5/24/2000)

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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.

About the Author

Roy Smith is a retired company director who has a lifelong passion for motorsport, and, since 1968, Alpine Renault in particular. He began writing in the 1960s for club magazines, mainly interviews with the notables of the time. A 40-year business career in sales and marketing developed an attention for detail that was required for the preparation of his published works Alpine & Renault - the sports prototypes (two volumes), Alpine & Renault- the development of the first Turbo Formula 1 cars and AMEDEE GORDINI - a true racing legend. As a journalist he has written many historic motorsport and Alpine Renault-related articles for various magazines in Europe and USA. He is the UK historic correspondent for the French magazine Retro Passion and the Alpine Renault magazine, Mille Miles. He also contributes to several websites. His aim is to provide the newcomer and enthusiasts alike with a "good read," as well as being technically informative. Widely acclaimed in reviews, he was presented with the Guild of Motoring Writers Mercedez Benz award and the Montagu of Beaulieu Trophy in 2010.

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

"... a book no fan of The Regie should be without." – Vintage Racecar

"If you are an avid follower if this period, and of the Renault and Alpine partnership that introduced turbos to F1, you'll be delighted with this book. Photographically, the behind-the-scenes stuff and technical details are the work's biggest strength ..." – Motor Sport

This is a must-have for students of Formula 1, French race cars, Alpine, Gordini and Renault. A huge gap, filled." –

Octane, January 2009
UK magazine

Subtitled 'The Development of the Revolutionary Turbo F1 Car 1968 to 1979' (deep breath), Smith's hardback does what it says on the cover: it's essentially a technical treatise intervened by lots of color photography. One for engineers more than race fans, although the cars' race histories are properly documented, too.