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Renault R11 General Information

Renault did it yet again, another giant killing 1.4 turbo, this time in groupA and in the shape of the medium sized hatchback R11. Just look at these 265NM torque from a 1397cc engine! The car already appeared mid 1985 (indeed earlier results, including Oreille's 16th place on Monte 85, were with groupN versions) but only in 1986 Renault started using it as a works car with Jean Ragnotti and promptly it showed superb skills. One highlight was finishing 4th overall on Corsica in the groupB year 1986, only 2 places behind the best groupB RMaxi 5 Turbo and that despite Jean Ragnotti being delayed with an electrical problem and an off. These delays contributed to the R11 actually being beaten in groupA by an Alfa GTV6, but it still finished over 20minutes ahead of Kenneth Eriksson's works Volkswagen Golf.

When 1987 was groupA only, Renault entered the WRC, however only selected events. For this hugely reshuffled season - the well dominating Lancias aside - everybody was looking at the works cars as Audi 200 T Quattro, Mazda 323 4WD Turbo and Ford Sierra Cosworth, hardly anybody even mentioned the small engined FWD Renault. But indeed it was probably that little Renault that was closest to the Lancias. On Portuguese gravel - yes gravel - they finished 2nd overall as a highlight, but other results of that season included 4th on Corsica, 5th in Acropolis and 3rd in San Remo - a truly brilliant show for a 1.4 litre FWD car. In fact, despite not starting all rounds, the R11 Turbo gave Renault 3rd in the manufacturer world championship 1987, ahead of Ford, Mazda, Toyota, Volkswagen, Opel....

What actually is an R11? Looking back through history the R11 Turbo seems to be more easily forgotten by rally fans than i.e. Gordini versions of R8 or R12. The R11 was Renault's successor to the R14 and predecessor to the R19 while for the younger fans the R19 was the predecessor to the Mégane. However the R14 seemed to be addressed at conservative customers, it was only available as a 5-door and never with any powerful engines. The R19 in turn followed the 16-valves trend with a top version by the somewhat funny name R19 16V. This means the R11 was the only C-segment car Renault ever had that used the famous R5 Turbo engine. Not only that, the R11 was a squarer and smaller design than R14 and R19 and was as well smaller and lighter than most of its C-segment competition as Escort, Astra, Golf etc.. This means between fans of hot hatches the R11 Turbo was a real insiders hot tip, which again also can't be bad as a groupA rally base.

The end for the R11 Turbo was a bit of a disgrace, though. Turbo engines proved hugely efficient on engine torque and for 1988 the FIA did what was generally the perfectly correct thing to do: they increased the turbo-factor to calculate engine displacement from 1.4 to 1.7. For the little Renault this however meant it was now moved into the class over 2000cc and that in turn meant for minimum weight regulations over 100kg of weight had to be added to the car. At the same time the FIA started discussing turbo air restrictors as a way to control the 300BHP limit. This was not introduced yet for 1988, but also was bad news for Renault. Because what made Renault's 1400cc turbo engine so outstanding was that it was combined with an insanely large turbo charger for such a small engine. That means although the R11 Turbo was nowhere near the 300BHP limit, it would have suffered more than most cars from an air restrictor. But the immediate problem was the new turbo factor. Not all turbo cars had to move up a class and those that did were hardly as compact and light as the R11. Indeed in this case we talk of a weight increase of nearly 15%. While the FIA rule changes absolutely made perfect sense for the sport in general, it would have compromised the little Renault's competitiveness for 1988 in quite a way for none of Renault's fault. As a result Renault sadly withdrew from the sport on the spot.

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Renault R11 Evolutions

Model & Evo. (Activity)
Renault R11 Turbo (85-88) 185/6800 265/4800 3973.1660.1410 900 (4.9) FWD (2483)

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Renault R11 Results

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego hh:mm:ss
17th. 1990 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Rouby J. Martin #28 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 1988 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille J. Andrié #10 [UNKNOWN] 7:51:56
8th. 1988 WRC Rallye de Portugal I. Amaral J. Neto #14 [UNKNOWN] 7:01:41
8th. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #3 [UNKNOWN] 8:13:26
10th. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Chatriot M. Perin #9 [UNKNOWN] 8:17:04
2nd. 1987 WRC Rallye de Portugal J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #4 [UNKNOWN] 7:12:42
5th. 1987 WRC Rallye de Portugal F. Chatriot M. Perin #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:25:14
12th. 1987 WRC Rallye de Portugal I. Amaral J. Neto #27 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
4th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #3 [UNKNOWN] 7:25:11
5th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse F. Chatriot M. Perin #8 [UNKNOWN] 7:27:06
9th. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille S. Oreille #16 [UNKNOWN] 7:50:08
5th. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #7 [UNKNOWN] 7:34:27
8th. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally F. Chatriot M. Perin #9 [UNKNOWN] 7:58:07
3rd. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #2 [UNKNOWN] 6:16:55
11th. 1987 WRC Rallye San Remo F. Chatriot M. Perin #5 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
8th. 1986 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille S. Oreille #25 [UNKNOWN] 11:23:47
4th. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #7 [UNKNOWN] 12:56:12
16th. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille S. Oreille #31 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
23rd. 1985 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo R. Sarrazin . UNKNOWN #41 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00
21st. 1984 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille S. Oreille #119 [UNKNOWN] 0:00:00

Renault R11 Retirements

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Pos Event Driver Co-Driver # Rego Reason
Ret. 1988 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" T. Pavli #24 [UNKNOWN] SS11 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" . UNKNOWN #29 [UNKNOWN] SS28 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Tour de Corse J. Rouby J. Martin #21 [UNKNOWN] SS11 ?
Ret. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo F. Chatriot M. Perin #9 [UNKNOWN] SS99 crash
Ret. 1987 WRC Rallye Monte Carlo A. Oreille S. Oreille #15 [UNKNOWN] SS10 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Rallye San Remo J. Ragnotti P. Thimonier #10 [UNKNOWN] SS17 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Acropolis Rally . "Leonidas" . UNKNOWN #37 [UNKNOWN] SS13 engine
Ret. 1986 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille S. Oreille #16 [UNKNOWN] SS5 crash
Ret. 1985 WRC Tour de Corse A. Oreille S. Oreille #24 [UNKNOWN] SS99 engine